Fill container 1/2 to 3/4 full, leaving air for expansion. Label each container with the date and time, use the oldest milk first. If freezing, place the container in the rear of your freezer where the temperature is the coldest. Do not store milk containers on the door of your ffeezer -- too warm!
Baby Bottles Nipples, Bottle Feeding Tips and Pacifiers
Experiment with types of baby bottles and nipples. Many breastfeeding babies prefer a bottle nipple which makes them work hard at sucking on the bottle. At present, the Avent bottle and Avent #1 nipple seem to be most succesful in transitioning your baby to the bottle and back to the breast without problems. These nipples are silicone and have "no taste" to confuse your baby. Discuss bottle choices with friends, family and breastfeeding support groups. Experiment.
Baby's bottles, nipples and pumping equipment need to be "sterilized" afte each use for the entire first year. You may "sterilize" by any of these following methods:
Washing in your dishwasher. Top shelf with small pieces in closed nipple baskets, bottles placed upside down (family dishes may be on the bottom shelf)
Boiling in a large covered pot for 20 minutes
Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bag available from Medela
Any quality brand of baby bottle sterilizer
Remember to offer baby a bottle once a day, every day beginning at 3 weeks of age. Family members, friends or an older sibling are suggested to teach baby to bottle feed. Fill bottles 1/2 more than baby drinks. Remember, breast milk will separate when stored, so swirl the milk gently to mix the fat/cream which will rise to the top, prior to feeing baby. Elicit the baby's root reflex by tickling your baby's mouth with the bottle nipple. Keep the nipple filled with liquid to prevent your baby from swallowing too much air and getting "gas pains". Burp frequently. Discard any milk remaining in the bottle after feeding is completed; do not refrigerate and reuse.
Avoid pacifiers until you and your baby are latching without problems. Until then, use a clean finger, short nail, no nail polish, nail placed down to baby's tongue for baby to suck between breastfeedings, if needed. Babies love to suck their father's larger fingers! When choosing a pacifier, think safety first. Purchase any one-piece pacifier that cannot come apart with baby's sucking. Wash pacifiers in very hot soapy water frequently. Pacifiers may be "sterilized" with you baby bottles, nipples and pumping equipment. If baby enjoys a pacifier, offer at sleep times. The incidence of SIDS may be reduced with pacifier use.
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