Powered goat’s milk formula is a specific type of nutrition for children. To learn more about this type of goat’s milk formula, and what you need to do before you give it to your little one, please read the information provided by Oli6 below.
A powered goat’s milk formula often comes in a canister, but could also be provided in little packets that are suitable for travelling. Before you can give this powered goat formula to your toddler, you must mix it with the appropriate amount of water. However, powered formulas tend to be more economical than ready-to-use or concentrated liquid formulas.
To give your toddler powered goat formula, you do not need any special types of bottle feeding equipment. However, you will need the basics, so let us go over the basic bottle feeding equipment you’ll need to give your toddler powered goat formula.
There are many types of bottles and teats on the market today, so you should browse the stores a little before you can decide. However, it is important to realise that bottles with unusual shapes and prints can make the goat formula preparation process a little harder, because cleaning unusually shaped bottles with prints takes a lot more time. Therefore, it is always best to go for bottles without prints and a more conventional shape.
After you have bought your bottles and teats, you will also need some sterilisation equipment to prepare the bottles and teats before adding the goat formula. There are different types of sterilising equipment on the market, each with their own set of benefits; this includes cold water sterilisation, boiling and electric sterilisation. Simply pick one of these methods to keep your bottles and teats sterilised for feeding times.
Before you start feeding your toddler goat formula, make sure you are sitting in a comfortable position. It must also be a position you can maintain for a certain period, since feeding time can take a while. Once you are sitting comfortably, hold your child upright for the bottle feed. Make sure you support your child’s head, so they can breathe and swallow comfortably while enjoying their formula.
To start bottle feeding, gently brush the teat of the bottle against your child’s lips. When your child opens his mouth wide, simply let them draw in the teat to start drinking formula. Also, make sure you give your child enough time during bottle feeds, because some children are faster eaters than others. By giving your child enough time, you make sure they get all the vital nutrients they need from their formula.
When you give your child formula, always make sure the teat of the bottle is full. If there is any air left in the teat, your child will be taking in air while drinking formula. Naturally, this could lead to side effects such as cramping.
The teat can become flattened during feeds as well. When this happens, put your finger gently in the corner of your baby’s mouth to release the suction. Allow the teat to unflatten and let the entire teat fill with formula again before you resume feeding.
Teats can get blocked during feeds as well; this often comes down to teats that are worn down or simply of poor quality. When this happens, it is important to replace the teat with another sterile teat right away. Blocked teats are considered as faulty, so it is likely to happen again. Therefore, always throw away a blocked teat immediately.
The child must be winded during bottle feeds as well, so children will need the occasional break during feeds. Make sure you burp your child from time to time; this will often be signalled by your child. When your little one does not seem interested in more formula, hold your child upright and gently pat their back to bring up any wind. In most cases, this will only be a very small amount.
The amount a child can eat varies, because no child is the same. Therefore, it is important never to force your child if he does not seem interested in eating more. However, if you believe the amount of formula your child drinks is worrisome, it could be best to contact a licensed health professional for advice.
If your child has not drunk all the formula, do not leave any remaining formula lying around. Make sure that you remove any unused formula from the bottle and throw it away immediately.
It is common for children to be a little restless after a feed. Fortunately, the cause is usually the same. During feeding sessions, children can take in air, and it is this air that makes children uncomfortable and moody after a bottle feed.
To get your child to settle after a bottle feed, hold your child upright against your shoulder. Gently rub their back until the trapped air comes out in the form of a small burp. Once your child has burped up the trapped air, they will settle after their feed.
If your child refuses to settle after feedings regularly, or shows frequent signs of vomiting after bottle feeding, it is important to have your child checked by a professional for any underlying condition. Even though there is nothing to worry about in most cases, it is better to be safe than sorry.
If you have any additional questions about formula feeding, please speak to your local midwife or specialised healthcare professional. Do you have any additional questions about goat’s milk formula specifically? Feel free to contact the expert team at Oli6 for more information on our range of goat’s milk toddler formulas!