Just like infant formulas, there are plenty to choose from when it comes to baby milk bottles. They usually come with included nipples right out of the box, but it doesn’t mean that it is something that your baby is going to be fond of using.
Today, I am going to go over some of the most commonly asked questions whenever parents want to purchase baby milk bottles.
How Do I Choose One?
According to Hollie Schultz, founder of BabyGizmo.com and a mother of three, she said that you really cannot tell which one your baby likes until they actually get their hands (and mouth) on it.
The best thing that you can do before that would be to ask at least three of your mommy friends to see what worked for them and their babies and then buy what they recommend.
Newborns typically do not drink a lot of milk. However, keep in mind that they do tend to grow up so quickly that they ramp up their milk requirements, which is why it is a safe bet to opt for the much bigger milk bottle to help you save a lot of money.
If you want to protect your babies from being too gassy, you can also opt for bottles that have vents or drop-in inserts to minimize air bubbles as much as possible.
If you are planning to buy a breast pump, you typically want to buy the same brand milk bottles as they are usually tailor-made for each other- making them the right fit.
When Do I Introduce the Bottle?
According to a certified Lactation Counselor, Gina Ciagne, breastfeeding should be the way to go until your baby reaches 4-6 weeks. From then, you can slowly introduce the bottle.
The reason why you want to wait a considerable amount of time before you give them a feeding bottle is so that they can get their share of breastmilk directly from the source. Furthermore, it helps nurture and cherish the bond with the mother, which is why it is still best that you let your baby suck off from your nipples.
That being said, if your baby is unable to latch onto your breasts than others, you may want to give them the bottle at the 3-week mark.
My Baby is Fussy When Feeding. Do They Need a Different Bottle?
If your baby is fussy, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they need a new bottle. It could be that the nipple that came with the bottle pours less milk than your baby wants, to which you need to buy a much bigger one for better flow. Conversely, if your baby doesn’t want that it flows way too much milk at one time, you may opt for a narrower one.
Children tend to be fussy as well, especially when they have too much gas. If you are using plastic baby bottles, you may want to switch to glass or those that are BPA-free.
Do I Need to Heat Up My Baby’s Bottle?
The milk bottle should be heated up immediately after taking it out from the box. But, you only have to do this once. You can also do this if your baby prefers warmer milk.
Sometimes, My Baby Doesn’t Consume All of the Milk. Can I Save the Rest for Later?
Well, if your baby is unable to finish the entire bottle, you can put a lid on it and set it aside. After one hour, try to feed it to them again. If they do not want to feed, then you just need to dump it since bacteria may be produced whenever you preserve it for way too long.