Bottle feeding your baby may take a bit of practice, but  soon it’ll be child’s play

Feeding your baby with a bottle should be a pleasurable experience. It is also a time when you and your partner can take turns bonding with your little one. Below is a guide to help you, your partner and your baby during feeding times with Diamond pro+ Premium formula.

Before Feeding

  • Always prepare the formula according to the directions on the can.
  • Always check the temperature of the prepared formula on the inside of your wrist. It should feel warm, not hot.
  • Test the flow of the teat – the formula should drip out steadily, but not pour out in a stream.

Positioning

  • Sit comfortably and focus on your baby.
  • Hold and support your baby’s head and neck in your curled arm, with your baby in a partly upright position and angled towards you (you may need to tuck their arm under yours). If your arms get tired, you can also try propping up your baby with a pillow.
  • Always hold your baby close to you, ideally with direct skin-to-skin contact. Letting your baby feel, hear and smell you helps them feel safe, secure and warm.
  • Try switching your baby from one side to another halfway through the feed, or even one feed to the next, so they are not always in the same position. This helps stimulate your baby’s senses and encourage eye and head movement in both directions.

Feeding

  • Place a cloth or bib under your baby’s chin, to catch any spills or dribbles.
  • Cuddle, chat and make plenty of eye contact with your baby during the feed, so they feel safe and loved.
  • Gently stroke your baby’s lips, especially the bottom one, with the bottle teat. This invites your baby to open their mouth and accept the teat, which should be pushed fairly firmly into your baby’s mouth.
  • Tilt the bottle just enough for the formula to fill the teat. By the end of the feed, the bottle will be almost vertical.
  • Allow your baby to determine the pace of the feed by following their cues. You may want to have a short rest every few minutes to stop them drinking too quickly – keep the teat in their mouth, but lower the base of the bottle so the teat’s no longer full. You may also have to stop occasionally to let your baby burp (see below).
  • If the teat becomes flattened during the feed, pull gently on the corner of your baby’s mouth to release the vacuum.
  • It can be hard to know how much to feed your baby, especially in the early stages. See our guide here.
  • Look out for your baby’s feeding cues and allow them to decide when to finish. Your baby may not need to drink all the formula in the bottle.
  • Your baby shouldn’t be left on their own to feed, even if they can hold the bottle, as this increases the risk of choking. Feeding your baby while they’re in a bouncinette or lying on the floor is not safe either.
  • Don’t put your baby to sleep while drinking from a bottle, as this increases the risk of choking and tooth decay. If your baby does fall asleep while being fed, take the bottle out of their mouth straight away.
  • A feed should not take more than one hour.
  • Discard any formula that is left in the bottle after a feed – it should not be kept for later use.

Burping

  • To see if your baby wants to burp, hold him or her in an upright position over your shoulder or lap. Rub or gently pat the middle of their back, to help them burp. Some baby’s bring up a little formula or wind during or after a feed, which is quite normal.
  • Sometimes babies need to burp about halfway through a feed, so you may want to stop and try. Once you’ve tried burping, offer the bottle again.
  • If your baby seems to have had enough formula before they’d normally be finished, you can try burping them and then offering more.