It's especially important to get a teat with the right sized hole from the beginning as it will help make feeding easier and prevent colic. You can choose from slow, medium, or fast flow teats from Avent.
New born babies usually need a teat that is softer and has a slower flow. However, if you notice your baby takes a long time to finish drinking or gives up too early, chances are the hole is too small and you may want to switch to a medium-flow teat. In the same manner if your baby tends to splutter while feeding, the hole may be too big and he may need a smaller teat. You can also try variable-flow teats that provide slow, medium, or fast flow using the same teat.
If you've decided to bottle feed your baby, it's important to remember that feeding your baby in the right position is just as important as if you are breastfeeding.
- Hold your baby close to you on your lap in a semi-upright position so that he can make eye contact with you. It might be helpful to use a pillow to raise them up a bit.
- Your little one may enjoy feeding more if you smile and talk to them. Make feeding a bonding time.
- Place the teat gently in your baby's mouth and make sure you tilt the bottle so that the neck and teat are full of milk and not air. Swallowing air bubbles causes gas and colic.
- If your baby is unsettled during feeding, it's possible that he has gas. Sit him up and try to get him to burp by rubbing his back.
- Alternate your feeding position from side to side. This will help your baby stay awake and also help his neck and eyes to develop more equally.
- Try burping your baby and alternating his position once the bottle is half empty.
- The underarm hold is easier for feeding if you've had twins or have had a caesarean delivery.
- Put a pillow across your lap to help support your baby's head and make feeding easier.
- Try to get in the habit of burping about halfway through feeding and even after feeding. This will help prevent spitting up.