Choosing to bottle feed will be a personal choice. Breastmilk has the unique offering of passing on immune support from the mother and many other factors which bottle feeding can’t do, so even a few days of breastfeeding is advantageous. Formulas have come a long way and there are many to choose from. These milks will adequately support growth and development if bottle feeding is your personal choice.
Which type of formula should I use?
Most formulas are made from cow’s milk or soybeans. The milk formulas are designed to be as close to breastmilk as possible and are graduated to the developmental stages of babies: premature milks, birth – 6 months, 6 months – 1 year, and “follow up”milks for babies over a year. There are also specialised formulas for babies who are allergic to milk or soy proteins. Any formula you choose should be iron-fortified to prevent anemia.
Why can’t I just feed my baby cow’s milk?
Never feed your infant cow’s milk. It’s just not recommended until after your baby’s first birthday because it doesn’t have the proper nutrients in the right proportions for a growing infant. It can also cause digestive trouble.
How much do I feed my baby?
It is really important to let your baby guide your feeding quantities according to his hunger. He never has to finish bottles just because you made them and if he want more after he empties a bottle thats fine too. But unlike breastmilk fed babies, you have to decide how much formula to make. Below is a rough guide to assist you, however, your baby may want more or less than the table shows. Remember to follow mixing instructions precisely as formula composition and hygiene are critical for your baby.
Guide for formula feeding (0 to 5 months)
|Age||Amount of formula per feeding||Number of feedings per 24 hours|
|1 month||60 – 120 ml||6 to 8 times|
|2 months||150 -175 ml||5 to 6 times|
|3 to 5 months||175 – 200ml||5 to 6 times|