Being a parent for the first time can feel a little daunting, especially when you start thinking about formula feeding with the goat’s milk formula you have chosen. Fortunately, giving your child some goat’s milk formula is easier than you think, because our guide below gives you a complete overview of goat formula feeding!
Once you decided on giving your child goat’s milk formula, you will need several bottles, teats and sterilising equipment. When you look at the offer of these products in the shops, you might feel a little overwhelmed, but once you understand the basics, you will have no problems getting the right equipment.
Even though there is not one specific brand of bottle or teat that is best, health professionals advise to stick with bottles without unusual shapes or patterns. Bottles with a classic design without patterns are best, since these bottles are a lot easier to clean and subsequently could be more hygienic. Since hygiene is important when you are feeding your baby goat’s milk formula, it is best to consider your options carefully.
Before you feed your toddler some goat formula, you will need to sterilise the bottle, teat or any other feeding equipment. To do this, you will need the right sterilising equipment.
Fortunately, there are many ways to sterilise bottle feeding equipment before you feed your child some goat formula. The main methods used to sterilise feeding equipment include the cold-water sterilising solution, steam sterilising and boiling. Each of these methods is effective, although they may vary in price. Some sterilising methods can also be more time consuming than others, so it is all about finding the method that is right for your lifestyle.
Once you finished sterilising the bottle-feeding equipment, it is best to leave bottles and teats in the sterilising solution until you will feed your child some goat formula. Otherwise, your bottle-feeding equipment may still get exposed to bacteria, which could affect the hygiene of the goat formula.
Parents should also wash and dry their hands before handling any of the sterilised feeding equipment, since bacteria on the hands may still be transferred to the equipment. If you can, you can also use sterile tongs.
When preparing the first feed for your little one, pay close attention to the directions provided by the formula manufacturer. Even if you have some experience with the formula brand, or have made formula in the past, directions may vary. Therefore, it is essential to always follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer before you make up each feed.
Before making a feed, also make sure that the formula is within its expiration date. Even though it is unlikely you end up with an out-of-date formula, it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your child’s health.
Firstly, make sure you are sitting in a comfortable position as you are giving the formula, since most formula feedings can take a while. During formula feeds, you can feel closer to your child and get to know him or her, without having to make any additional special effort. Therefore, make sure you enjoy the formula feeds just as much as your little one does.
When giving your child his or her formula, make sure you keep your child upright. While holding yourthem in an upright position, keep the head supported, so they can breathe comfortably. Then, slightly brush the teat against your child’s lips. When they open their mouth, simply let them draw in the teat to commence the feeding.
During formula feeding, make sure you give your child plenty of time to enjoy the meal. Some children are faster drinkers than others, so be prepared to give your little one the time needed to get the most from the formula.
When feeding formula, also make sure that the teat always contains enough milk. If the teat is not fully filled with milk, your child may be swallowing air; this could cause discomfort and digestive distress. If the teat gets flat during the feeding, you can release the suction by gently putting a clean finger in the corner of their mouth.
Depending on the formula you are using, teats can get blocked from time to time. If this happens during formula feeding, it is important not to try and fix the teat, but to replace it with another sterile teat. In some cases, blocked teats can be an indication of leftover formula from previous feeds, indicating that the teat is not sterile. However, it could also be caused by the formula itself, so if this is a common problem, be sure to contact the formula’s manufacturer.
Most children will need small breaks during bottle feeds, simply because they need to burp between. Therefore, never give all the formula to your child in one go, but take the occasional break to burp.
To wind your little one, hold them in an upright position and gently rub or pat the back. By doing so, they can burp. In some cases, this is only a small amount, but it can make them more comfortable.
Do you experience problems during bottle feeding? Or is your child not that willing to drink formula? If you experience problems during bottle feeding, be sure to contact your midwife, health professional or paediatrician. Even though an underlying condition is a rare occurrence, it is best to eliminate any underlying causes.