Feeding your baby with a bottle should be a pleasurable experience for you both. 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 a feed of Diamond pro+ Premium formula.

Positioning

  • Sit comfortably and focus on your baby.
  • Hold and support your baby’s head and neck in your curled arm, positioning them in a fairly upright position. Place your baby’s arm that is closest to your body underneath your curled arm to allow them to angle comfortably towards you. If your arms get tired, you can also try propping up your baby with a pillow.
  • Always hold your baby close to you, so to encourage skin-to-skin contact and help your baby feel safe, secure and warm. You can hold them naked with a blanket or towel, against your bare skin for as long as you and your baby desire.
  • Try switching from one side to anotherhalf wayduring the feed, or even one feed to the next, so they are not always in the same position. This encourages eye and head movement in both directions and helps to stimulate your baby’s senses equally.

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Feeding

  • Always check the temperature of the prepared formula on the inside of your wrist before feeding your baby. It should feel warm, but cool is better than too hot.
  • Test the flow of the teat before feeding. The formula should drip out steadily, but not pour out in a stream.
  • Place a cloth or bib under your baby’s chin, to get any spills or dribbles.
  • Cuddle, talk and even sing to your baby (if it’s not too distracting) during the feed. Make plenty of eye contact and they will also look back at you.
  • With your other hand, hold the bottle and stroke your baby’s lips gently with the bottle teat, mainly on the bottom lip. When your baby’s mouth opens to accept the teat, insert the teat into your baby’s mouth, rather than pushing it in gently.
  • Tilt the bottle at an angle just far enough for the formula to fill the teat with. At the end of the feed, the bottle will be almost vertical.
  • Allow your baby to determine the pace of their feed, giving them rests every few minutes. This will help stop your baby drinking too much, too quickly. Your baby may also need a short break to burp When your baby is having a rest or a short break, lower the base of the bottle so that the formula no longer fills the teat, while keeping the teat in his or her mouth.
  • If the teat becomes flattened during the feed, pull gently on the corner of your baby’s mouth to release the vacuum
  • Allow your baby to demand each feed, by responding to their feeding cues.
  • Knowing how much to feed your baby may seem difficult at first, especially in the early stages. See our page on how much to feed.
  • Look out for your baby’s feeding cues and allow him or her to decide when to finish their feed. Your baby may not need to drink all the formula in the bottle. It is better to do this than to worry about wasting a small amount of formula.
  • Your baby shouldn’t be left on their own to feed, or with a propped bottle, as this increases the risk of choking. Do not give feeds to your baby while they are in a bouncinette or lying on the floor as these are also not safe feeding positions.
  • Don’t put your baby to sleep while drinking from a bottle, as this increases the risk of choking and dental caries. If your baby falls asleep while being fed, always remove the bottle from their mouth straightaway.
  • The 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 they your baby wants to burp, hold them up, 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.
    • Try burping your little one about halfway through a feed, to see whether they need to burp. Once you’ve tried burping, offer the bottle again.
    • Try burping your baby again when your baby does not need any more feed, or at the end of a feed.

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