If you consider using our goat’s milk formula for your toddler, the following article may be of interest to you. Inside this article, you will get valuable tips on feeding your toddler goat’s milk formula, so your toddler can enjoy the proper growth and development he or she deserves!
Choosing the right bottle feeding equipment to give your toddler his goat’s milk formula is important, because the wrong teats and bottles could cause some problems for yourself and your child.
Firstly, the shape and pattern on the bottle is important. Unusual shapes are difficult to clean, and patterns on a bottle tend to collect a pile-up of bacteria. Therefore, it is best to choose a bottle with a normal shape, which allows you to clean and sterilise it easier. Also, it is important to choose teats with a hole that is not too big, as teats with a bigger hole could make your toddler feel sick during feeds.
Before you can add goat’s milk formula to your toddler’s bottle, you will need to sterilise the bottle-feeding equipment. Not sterilising the bottle-feeding equipment could cause bacteria to enter the goat formula, subsequently causing some problems for your little one.
There are various sterilising methods that could make sure the bottle-feeding equipment is clean before you add the goat formula. Of course, each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, so you may have to consider each one and their benefits before using a specific method.
The three most popular methods to sterilise bottle feeding equipment are cold water sterilisation, boiling and electric sterilisation methods. Cold water sterilising is often quickest and most convenient, although it can be quite an investment considering the fluid needs to be changed every day. Electric sterilising is also a good method, but it may require an initial investment. Boiling could also be an option, but this method causes bottles and teats to get damaged faster, even though it is the most affordable method in other aspects.
Before you sterilise bottle feeding equipment, make sure you clean the bottles in hot, soapy water first. Make sure that no goat formula remains in the bottle or teats before placing them in the sterilisation equipment, since any remaining goat formula causes the bottles and teats not to be sterile despite using advanced sterilisation methods.
To ensure you can enjoy the bottle-feedingsession with your child, be sure you are sitting comfortably before you start bottle feeding. Some children can take a lot of time to bottle feed, so make sure you can sit in the same position for a considerable time.
Mums should make sure their little one is comfortable during the bottle feed. Therefore, hold the child in an upright position, while supporting the head to enable comfortable breathing and swallowing. Place the teat of the bottle against the child’s lips and simply let them draw in the teat for the bottle feed themselves.
While you bottle feed your child, please make sure the teat stays full. If the teat is filled with air bubbles, your child may experience digestive distress after feeding, hence why keeping the teat full is extremely important.
It is not uncommon for teats to get blocked during bottle feeding; this could be caused by the formula you are using, but also by the teat itself. Therefore, if the teat blocks during feeding, replace it with another sterile teat immediately.
Most children may need the occasional break during bottle feeding, so make sure you burp the baby from time to time. Then, you can resume giving the child formula. However, if your child seems uninterested in the formula after burping, it is likely your child had enough to eat.
Many children don’t finish their bottle, so an unfinished bottle of goat formula is nothing to worry about. Still, some parents keep unused formula to feed it to their toddler later. However, this is not recommended, because leaving unused formula will cause a pile-up of bacteria.
Some children find it difficult to settle after bottle feeding and this can be quite frustrating for many parents. However, it is often a sign your child feels uncomfortable and simply needs a good burp. So, if your child does not seem to settle after bottle feeding, make sure you child was burped properly.
If your child remains uncomfortable after bottle feeding, despite your best efforts to burp your toddler, it could be possible that your child experiences digestive distress because of the formula you are using. If you believe this is the case for your toddler, be sure to make an appointment with your child’s paediatrician or health professional to evaluate the problem.
Parents should consider that children may experience vomiting after bottle feeding. In most cases, this can be attributed to regurgitation or reflux. Therefore, it is recommended to have a muslin square at hand if vomiting should occur. It is also recommended to check if the hole in the teat is not too big for your child, since too much milk flow could cause your toddler to be sick after feeding.
If vomiting persists, or if your toddler appears to have an adverse reaction to the formula, please consult your child’s paediatrician for advice. Persistent vomiting and refusing to settle after bottle feeding could indicate an inability to digest the formula or an underlying medical condition, which is why it is vital to contact a licensed health professional as soon as possible.
We’ve covered the basics of bottle feeding your toddler, but there are more things that parents should know about the bottle-feeding process. Below, you will find a brief overview of other things you need to know about bottle feeding, so you can make sure your child can enjoy his formula fully.