Indian Baby Care
Baby Feeding
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Breastfeeding after a Caesarean
Feeding your Baby
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The Latch-On
Food Menu
Preparing the Feed
Preventing Babies from Infection
Producing Breast Milk
Sterilising Bottles
Progressing Weaning
Teat Tips
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Tips for weaning
Weaning Diet for 7-9 months baby
Baby Feeding » Feeding your Baby
Place the bottle in his mouth above the tongue. Be careful not to push it too far back. Hold the bottle so that the teat is always full of milk. Babies often suck the teat fiat, which causes a vacuum and no milk comes out. If this happens, take the bottle out of his mouth to let the air in and then just place the bottle back again. After a few feeds, he'll learn to let go of the teat every now and then.
Halfway through feeding, move your baby to the other arm. This gives your baby a new view to look at and your arm a rest. It's also a good time to wind your baby.
When feeding your baby hold him close as you would if you were breastfeeding. It can be nice, especially during night feeds, for you to have skin-to-skin contact when feeding. Don't feed the baby lying flat. It's difficult for him to swallow in this position and he may choke. Never leave your baby propped up on a pillow or cushion with the bottle. He might in-hale milk, choke or swallow too much air.
To remove the bottle, just pull the teat away gently but firmly and your baby should release the bottle. If he doesn't, gently slide your little finger into the corner of his mouth to break the suction. Do not force your baby to finish the bottle after he has stopped sucking; he knows when he's had enough.