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Bottlefeeding Your Baby (part 1) - Advantages to Bottlefeeding, Your Nutrition If You Bottlefeed

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Advantages to Bottlefeeding

Your baby can receive good nutrition if you bottlefeed her iron-fortified formula. Some women enjoy the freedom bottlefeeding provides. It can make it easier for someone else to help care for the baby. You can determine exactly how much formula your baby is taking in at each feeding. There are also other advantages to bottlefeeding.

• Bottlefeeding is easy to learn; it never hurts if it’s done incorrectly.

• Dad can be more involved in caring for baby.

• Bottlefed babies may go longer between feedings because formula is usually digested more slowly than breast milk.

• A day’s supply of formula can be mixed at one time, saving time and effort.

• You don’t have to be concerned about feeding baby in front of other people.

• It may be easier to bottlefeed if you plan to return to work soon after baby’s birth.

• If you feed iron-fortified formula, baby won’t need iron supplements.

• If you use fluoridated tap water to mix formula, you may not have to give baby fluoride supplements.

• Premeasured formula containers are great when you’re on the go.

Bottlefeeding is not cheap—you’ll spend $1500 to $2000 to feed your baby formula for the first year.

Most parents want to establish a strong bond with baby. However, some fear bottlefeeding won’t encourage closeness with their child. They fear bonding won’t happen between parent and baby. It’s not true that a woman must breastfeed her baby to bond with her.

Skin-to-skin contact while bottlefeeding helps bring mom (or anyone else feeding baby) and baby closer. When feeding baby, choose a quiet place—this helps her concentrate on eating and helps you bond.

It takes about 10 to 15 days for your milk production to decline and stop if you don’t breastfeed. The greatest discomfort is usually experienced between the third and fifth day after delivery. To help ease soreness, wear a sports bra day and night, take acetaminophen or ibuprofen, and use cold packs.

Your Nutrition If You Bottlefeed

Even if you bottlefeed, it’s important to follow a nutritious eating plan, such as the one you followed during pregnancy. Continue to eat foods high in complex carbohydrates, such as grain products, fruits and vegetables. Lean meats, chicken and fish are good sources of protein. For your dairy products, choose the low-fat or skim types.

You need fewer calories than you would if you were breastfeeding. But don’t drastically cut your calories in the hopes of losing weight quickly. You still need to eat nutritiously to maintain good energy levels. Be sure the calories you eat are not from junk foods.

Here is a list of the types and quantities of foods you should try to eat each day. Choose 6 servings from the bread/cereal/pasta/rice group and 3 servings of fruit. Eat 3 servings of vegetables. From the dairy group, choose 2 servings. Eat about 6 ounces of protein each day. We still advise caution with fats, oils and sugars; limit intake to 3 teaspoons. And keep up your fluid intake.

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