When it comes to feeding and nourishing your baby, you may decide formula-feeding is the best option for you and your little one.
- Baby formula is safer and easier to use than ever. Always check the expiration date. If it’s expired, don’t buy or use it. Mix it right. Check the directions to see whether the formula needs to be mixed with water and if it does, follow the measurements precisely. Always toss leftovers. Bacteria from a baby’s saliva can multiply in the bottle, so always toss any leftover formula.
- Nestle your baby close to you, take your time and extend the feeding session by chatting, singing or cooing to your baby once the bottle is drained.
- Serve the bottle cold or at room temperature right from the start. It may come as a surprise, but there are no health benefits to heating up a bottle before a baby eats. It’s simply a matter of taste.
- If your baby ends up preferring bottles warm, use a bowl or pot of hot (not boiling) water or use a specially designed bottle warmer. Never heat formula in a microwave oven — the liquid may warm unevenly, or the container may remain cool while the formula has gotten hot enough to burn baby’s mouth or throat.