Having the right equipment will make the task of feeding your baby a lot easier. Here’s a list that can help.
The following are examples of equipment that you will find very useful when feeding your baby.
A breast pump will allow you express and store breast milk by extracting milk from your breast. There are various models available. It is important that you choose a pump that fits your breast comfortably and extracts the maximum amount of milk possible.
If you are planning on solely bottle feeding your baby you will need at least 6 bottles to ensure you don’t run short. Bottles come in two basic shapes – standard neck and wide neck. When buying bottles check that they are compatible with other feeding equipment you may already have and want to use e.g. sterilisers.
There are a wide variety of teats available they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and material. Getting the right type to suit your baby is important. The type of teat you use will depend on two things: the age of your baby and the type of milk your baby drinks. New born babies should begin with a slow-flow teat and increase flow rate as they develop their sucking mechanism. Sometimes a change in formula may require a change in teat. If the teat flow is not correct it may lead to your baby sucking down air and your baby may suffer from trapped wind. Your pharmacist will advise you as to the most suitable teats for your bottlefed baby.
Cleaning and Sterilising equipment
All feeding equipment must be sterilised to protect your baby from infection. Sterilising equipment will kill the germs that cause tummy upsets and illness.
It is important you clean the equipment before sterilisation. You can use a dishwasher to clean feeding equipment or if you are hand washing equipment be sure to use hot water with washing up liquid. A bottle cleaning brush will also be very useful when cleaning bottles.
There are various methods to sterilise feeding equipment once you have cleaned them
- Steam Sterilisers: This is the most convenient way to sterilise equipment, be sure that they are compatible with other feeding equipment e.g. bottles when purchasing one
- Cold water chemical sterilisers: e.g. Milton be sure to follow manufacturers instructions when sterilising equipment with a cold water chemical steriliser
- Saucepan: When using boiling water to sterilise equipment. The pan should be covered with tight-fitting lid, filled with cold water. Bring the water to the boil and boil for at least 3 minutes
- Microwave: Certain brands of bottles can be sterilised using a microwave, be sure that the bottle you are using can be sterilised in this way
All these methods are perfectly suitable ways to sterilise your baby’s feeding equipment, so pick the one that suits you best.
Always make sure to clean your own hands too when doing this. Anti-septic wipes or an anti-bacterial hand gel can be used to disinfect your hands when a sink to wash your hands is not available.
A kettle will be essential when preparing feeds. Fresh tap run water must be boiled in a kettle and left to stand for 30 minutes in the kettle before preparing the feed. Check our section on how to prepare bottlefeeds.
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