Have you decided to give your baby goat’s milk formula, but are you a new parent who is still struggling with all the things surrounding bottle feeding? Then be sure to read on, because we created a summary of the most important factors about goat’s milk formula feeding!
Before you can give your baby goat’s milk formula, you will need some bottle-feeding equipment. Nowadays, you can get teats and baby bottles in all sorts of shapes and sizes. However, it is important to realise that the simplest teats and bottles are often best, since intricate designs and printed patterns can make it more difficult to keep bottle-feeding equipment clean.
Since hygiene is extremely important when giving your baby goat’s milk formula, it is best to choose a basic baby bottle design without any printed patterns. Of course, you are not obligated to do so, but if you choose the more complicated designs you must be willing to spend extra time cleaning and sterilising bottle-feeding equipment.
To make sure there are no bacteria inside the teats and baby bottles, you will have to sterilise them before you add any goat formula to them. There are three main types of sterilisation at the moment; this includes boiling, steam sterilising and chemical sterilising. Naturally, each of these methods has advantages and disadvantages, so read on to discover which method suits you best.
The most affordable way to sterilise your baby bottles and teats is boiling. However, this method can cause your bottles and teat to wear down quicker. Therefore, it might not be the most affordable option long-term.
To boil your bottle-feeding equipment before a goat formula feed, simply add all bottles, teats and caps to a clean pot. Then, cover all the bottles, teats and caps with water until they are completely submerged. Make sure there are no air bubbles left, because this could cause bacteria to remain in the bottle-feeding equipment when you take them out.
When you boil the bottle-feeding equipment, be sure to boil everything for at least ten minutes. Once you’ve exceeded ten minutes, simply turn the heat on the stove off. When you take out the teats, bottles and caps, also make sure that none of the bottle-feeding equipment has been damaged in the process before you add goat formula.
Parents can also sterilise bottle-feeding equipment with a chemical solution; this solution does not affect the goat formula that will be added to the baby bottle. Of course, you will have to change this solution every 24 hours, so chemical solution sterilisation is not the most cost-effective sterilisation method.
To sterilise baby bottles with a chemical solution, simply add the solution to some cold water in a container. Place the bottle-feeding equipment in the container and leave it there for at least 30 minutes. You don’t have to take the bottles, teats and caps out after 30 minutes, because you can leave it in the solution until you decide to use it.
Like with the boiling method, you must make sure no air bubbles are left in the bottle-feeding equipment. Also, make sure that everything is fully submerged and that you have cleaned the bottle-feeding equipment with hot, soapy water beforehand.
You can also use steam sterilisation before you add goat formula to the baby bottle. There are many types of steam sterilisers, so the sterilisation method will depend heavily on the type of steriliser you have obtained. Still, no matter what type of steam steriliser you use, you must make sure that your equipment is placed face down in the steriliser.
Since bottle-feeding can take a bit of time, it is essential to find a comfortable spot before you start feeding formula to your baby. When you start feeding your baby, make sure to make eye contact, because this is the ideal time to bond with your child.
Medical professionals recommend keeping the baby upright for bottle feeds. Place the teat on the baby’s lips and simply let them draw in the teat. During the feed, support the head of the baby; this enables them to breathe and swallow comfortably.
When you bottle-feed your baby, you must give your baby plenty of time. Some children have their formula quicker than others, so read the cues of your baby and give them a break when needed.
Some baby’s need to burp before they can manage more formula, so give your baby frequent burping breaks. When you finish giving your baby formula, also make sure you wind the baby again. To wind the baby, simply hold the baby upright and gently pat him or her on the back.
When you feed a baby formula, it is highly likely there is going to be some formula left. However, you should not reuse formula and always discard of any formula that is left in the bottle. Leftover formula can contain loads of bacteria, which in turn can cause digestive distress for your child. So, better safe than sorry when it comes to leftover formula!
If you frequently have formula left, there is no real cause for alarm. Some babies like to drink more than others, so drinking a little less formula is not necessarily a sign that something’s wrong. However, if your baby is not gaining any weight, then you might have to book an appointment with your child’s paediatrician.
Even though it is rare, there can be some problems with bottle feeding. When a child does not gain the appropriate amount of weight, there could be an underlying condition or your child could suffer from a certain food allergy. If you have concerns about your baby’s development, please contact a paediatrician or a health professional right away. If a medical condition is the cause of your baby’s lack of development, medical assistance is certainly advised.