Bottle feeding hints and tips


Your baby might take to a bottle right away. They also might not. We’ve all hit barriers with feeding at one time or another. From trouble latching on to fussiness about guzzling from a bottle, feeding problems can be pretty common. As with most things, perseverance is key (however overwhelming it can feel at times!) and your baby will get into routine of gulping down milk whichever technique you end up going with. Whether you’re just getting into the swing of things or trying to finesse your bottle-feeding routine, here are some helpful hints to keep in mind for your next feed.

Always check the temperature

You wouldn’t hop right in the bath without checking the temperature, so don’t give your baby their milk without a quick check on the inside of your wrist. Your skin is thinner here, so it’s more sensitive to heat. ‘Just right’ is what you’re aiming for, so make sure it’s not too hot and not too cold. Enjoy the peace

Baby is content, you’re content. That’s how it works, right? Guzzling milk is one of your baby’s favourite activities, if not the favourite (but sleeping is probably up there too). Baby being occupied and satisfied is a good time for you to have a breather as well.

Get into position

Feeds can sometimes take up to 20 minutes and that’s far too long to be sat in an awkward position. Have your baby lay in the crook of your arm so they’re half and half between sitting up and lying down. Switch arms mid-way through to avoid aches. Pro tip: have a pillow beside you to rest your arm on.

Don’t forget to burp baby

Bubbles are bound to get trapped in their tummy sometimes but a good belch mid and post feed should fix things. If there’s a lot of burping going down and its affecting feeds, take a look at how you’re holding your bottle; this could be the culprit.

Keep the bottle tilted

If you’re holding the bottle horizontal, the chances are your baby is gulping down air as well as milk, leading to one gassy baby. Keep the bottle tilted enough that the teat is always full of milk. Problem solved.

Enlist some help

Baby not taking to the bottle? Hand over the responsibility to your partner or whoever is in charge when you’re not around.

Ease into routine

Going back to work? Decide how things are going to work when it comes to feeding. If you’re switching from breast to bottle or introducing formula, have a transitional period so it doesn’t come as too much of a shock to everyone.

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