Indian Baby Care
Baby Feeding
Breast Feeding
The First Breastfeed
Benefits of Breast milk
Baby Allergy Watch
Checklist of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding after a Caesarean
Feeding your Baby
Feeding Difficulties
Frequency of Feeds
The Latch-On
Food Menu
Preparing the Feed
Preventing Babies from Infection
Producing Breast Milk
Sterilising Bottles
Progressing Weaning
Teat Tips
Commercial Baby Foods
Tips for weaning
Weaning Diet for 7-9 months baby
Baby Feeding » Teat Tips
Choosing a Teat
Whichever teat you use, always ensure that there is a sufficient milk flow before feeding by running the bottle upside down and checking that two or three drops of milk are released each second. If the milk does not flow, the teat may be blocked with a small particle of formula. If it flows faster than this, the hole may have worn. In either case, you should replace the teat.
Teats are made from either silicon or latex and have small, medium or large holes. To check that the milk will flow out adequately, hold a filled bottle upside down. Milk should drip out at a rate of one or two drops per second. If it drips out more slowly, your baby may take a long time to feed and he may get tired before he has had enough. But if it's too fast, he may choke and swallow more wind.
Always check for splits and discard any damaged teats as well as old ones that have become flabby.
Follow these steps when using sterilising liquid or tablets:
Wash all the equipment in hot water and detergent. Use a bottlebrush to clean the inside of the bottle and around the neck thoroughly.
Turn the teat inside out and en-sure all the milk deposits are removed.
Rinse everything under running water carefully to get rid of soapsuds.
Fill the tank with clean, cold water; add the correct amount of sterilising tablets or fluid and allow dissolving.
Put all the equipment into the tank and leave for the recommended time.
Ensure a float is used to keep all the items submerged.
Rinse in cooled, boiled water before use.
Allow the equipment to sit in the sterilising solution until you need to use them. You can take the teats out after the recommended time as they wear out quicker when left in the solution. Keep the teats in a sterilised container.