Formula feeding your little one can come with a lot of new information, especially if you have a little to no experience with formulas, feeding equipment, sterilising methods and other important things you need to know before feeding your child. If you have decided on a goat’s milk formula, but are not quite sure where to start, please read our guidelines below.
Some mums may find it tricky to determine how much goat’s milk formula their child needs. Many mums are worrying if they are giving their child too much or too less goat’s milk formula, so how much is enough?
The correct answer to this question depends on your child’s weight and how they are developing. Therefore, your paediatrician or another health professional can shed some light on how much goat’s milk formula to give your little one.
Parents can also determine how much goat formula their child needs by the signs their child is giving them. In general, children will drink goat formula when they are hungry, and stop drinking when they had enough. Even though appetite may vary from child to child, the body language and signals given by your child during goat formula feeds will tell you almost everything you need to know.
Your child can also give you signals when he or she is hungry. Crying is a common sign of hunger, but usually only happens when your child is quite hungry already. Therefore, it is better to look for the earlier warning signs that your child may show you; this includes smacking the lips, sucking, turning the head towards your hand when stroking your child’s cheek or putting the hands to the mouth.
Most mums use tap water to prepare goat formula, since tap water contains all the necessary minerals and vitamins children need. Of course, whether you use tap water to prepare formula or not will depend on the nature of the tap water in your area. If you think your tap water may be unsuitable, you may need to find a suitable bottled water variant.
Please note that not all bottled water is suitable for formula preparation, especially bottled water that contains high levels of fluoride. Water with an excessive amount of fluoride can cause enamel fluorosis, a problem with the teeth that can develop while the teeth are still being formed in the gum. The result of this condition is white lines and white spots on the permanent teeth, so it is best to avoid bottled water containing too much fluoride altogether. If you are unsure which bottled water brand you could use for formula preparation, please refer to a health professional or paediatrician for more information.
Choosing the right teats and bottles is advised for a more pleasant bottle feeding experience. Therefore, mums should be aware of the various materials teats and bottles can come in, and when they should be looking at replacing their bottle-feeding equipment. Read on to discover how to select and replace your bottle-feeding equipment.
Most teats are made from one of two materials, more specifically silicone or latex. Compared to latex, silicone teats tend to be a little firmer and hold their shape longer. However, latex teats are more flexible and softer, although they are not as durable as silicone teats. Also, some children could be allergic to latex, therefore, always make sure your child does not suffer from such an allergy before choosing the teats.
Not all parents are aware of this, but teats can be made in different shapes; this includes traditional, orthodontic, flat-topped, grooved and natural nipple shape. Orthodontic teats tend to be best for the palate and gums of the child, however, flat-topped nipples have a more realistic shape.
Formula should drip consistently from the teat. Therefore, formula cannot be pouring out in a stream nor become blocked. If the teat lets formula stream or blocks formula, then it is best to replace the teat with a new one.
Before you use a teat, even if it is new, always check for signs of wear; this includes material discolouration, thinning and tearing. If any of these signs are detected, please replace the teat, since this worn teat could become a choking hazard for your little one.
Being a mum in this modern age could be more daunting than it was twenty years ago, at least where bottle feeding equipment shopping is concerned, because nowadays there is more than one type of bottle available. In stores, you can find right-angled bottles, streamlined bottles and even disposable bottles for travelling, which does not make their choice any easier.
Bottles can also be obtained in various materials; this includes common choices such as plastic and glass, but also more uncommon materials such as stainless steel or a hybrid. Therefore, it is best to know the pros and cons of these materials before you decide.
Firstly, plastic bottles are the most affordable choice, but they do deteriorate quickly. Therefore, plastic bottles may not be the most economical choice, since plastic bottles need replacing more frequently. Glass bottles tend to be more durable, but there is always a chance of them breaking, chipping or cracking. A glass bottle is also a lot heavier, which may become difficult when your little one is holding the bottle.
Hybrid glass bottles may be the best solution for mums in search of the most durable and safest bottles out there. The hybrid glass bottle consists of a plastic or silicone sleeve, while the inside is still made of glass; this protects the inner glass against damage, but also keeps the overall weight of the bottle down.
Giving your child formula is easier than you think, but does require a little research of each parent. However, researching your bottle equipment and even your formula can provide your little one with numerous benefits, and could possibly have a positive impact on their growth and development.