Since everyone is going absolutely CRAZY over breast feeding this month (I have nothing against it, Promise), I figured I’d start my feeding series off with the bottle.
4. Preparation of Bottles- Bottles do require mixing of formula and powder and heating before actually feeding the baby. There are ready made formulas available, however, they do not last long after opening depending if you buy the individual bottles or the large bottles. The individual bottles are good for 24 hours after opening, and an hour after the baby has fed from it. After the recommended time has passed, you have to throw it away. The larger ready made bottles are good for 48 hours after opening and have to be refrigerated.
5. More to carry in diaper bag- When bottle-feeding, you have to carry water, the formula (there are handy containers available), and the bottles, which will add weight to your diaper bag.
6. Formula- All formulas are not made for every baby, hence some babies go through several different formulas until they find one that suits their digestive system right, and there are MANY different formulas on the market. In the meantime, you may have some rough days and night due to gas, constipation, colic, reflux, and/or upset stomach.
7. Feed your baby without EYES- Bottle feeding is a method that is obviously accepted universally, and you can feed your baby anywhere, anyplace, anytime without having to find cover, reach for a cover, or cover up. You don’t have to worry about stares, questions, possibly being put out of establishments if your views differ and so forth. Let’s face it we all heard the stories.
With every decision we make as parents, we will always upset someone somewhere. Just remember to make the decision that is best for you and your baby.