Nature's Baby Formula

Feeding Tips & Hints

Suggested Measuring Serving Size

If you are using one of Nature's Baby Formulas because you are not breast feeding or are supplementing breast milk, you may have some questions that are common to many new parents. Here are some tips and suggestions regarding more common feeding as well as overall health and wellness issues.

Preparing Your Baby’s Bottle

  • Wash your hands thoroughly, surfaces and utensils prior to preparing infant formula. Boil bottles, nipples and utensils in water for 5 minutes, then let cool before using.
  • Boil water for 5 minutes and then let cool before using. Boiled water can be stored for several days in a covered sterile container if refrigerated or for 24 hours at room temperature.
  • Your baby's health depends on your following directions. Carefully follow the label mixing directions for correct bottle size. Never add extra water or formula. Follow Directions as labeled.
  • Prepared formula may be stored in the refrigerator (2-4℃) for up to 24 hours. Use within 1 or 2 hours if the bottle is not refrigerated.
  • When it's time for feeding, the formula should be warmed using warm sterilized drinking water only or in a pan of warm water. Do not microwave prepared infant formula. Check to be certain that the temperature of the formula is appropriate.
  • Feed immediately. Use formula within 1 hour or discard.
  • Burp your baby after each feeding.
  • Holding your baby while feeding is an important bonding time for you and your baby.
  • Expect to feed your baby every 2 to 3 hours during the first 3 months. As your baby gets older, the number of feeding time may decrease while the volume eaten will increase.
  • Your baby may be more hungry at one meal that at another. Let your baby guide the feedings to ensure that they get the proper amount to eat.
  • In order to provide proper nutrition for your infant, never replace formula with soy or rice beverages, 1% or 2% or skim milk, juice, or condensed or evaporated milk.
Spitting Up

  • Spitting up is common after meals. Your baby may have swallowed air, been fed too fast as a result of formula flowing too rapidly, or over fed.
  • Make each feeding as relaxed and calm as possible.
  • Be sure that the formula is not flowing too rapidly.
  • Give your baby smaller, more frequent feedings.
  • Try burping your baby more frequently.
Hiccups

  • Hiccups are common, particularly during the first few months.
  • Try burping your baby. Air may be trapped in the stomach.

Fussiness, Gas and Colic

  • When babies are born, their digestive systems continue to develop over the first several months. Incomplete digestion, feeding intolerance or sensitivities to some ingredients can result in gas and discomfort.
  • As in the case of spitting up, try burping your baby more frequently, give smaller and more frequent feedings, be sure that the formula is not flowing too rapidly, and give feedings in a calm and relaxed atmosphere.
  • Prolonged periods of crying, gas pains, fussiness, and difficulty sleeping may indicate colic, possibly associated with a protein allergy. Consult your doctor.
  • If colic is the problem, here are some additional tips. Be sure that your baby does not go hungry for long periods of time. Hold your baby close and rock or walk your baby. Play soothing music.

Bowel Movements

  • Babies generally have one bowel movement per day, but may have several which can range in color from yellow to brown to green. Bowel movements change as your baby ages.
  • Do not focus on the number of times your baby has a bowel movement each day as long as your baby is content, eating well and growing.
  • If your baby experiences vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration, consult your doctor.
  • If your baby has not had a bowel movement of any kind for 4 days, contact your doctor.

Number of Wet Diapers

  • The urine should be pale yellow and not have an odor.
  • During the first few days, your baby will have 1 to 3 wet diapers every day. After about a week, your baby should have 6 to 8 heavy, wet diapers per day.

Sleepiness

  • Some babies have difficulty staying awake in order to eat well.
  • If your baby is too sleepy, try gently rubbing the sole of a foot, talking to your baby in varying tones, and look at and touching your baby.

When to Consult Your Doctor

  • Your baby is vomiting or has diarrhea
  • Your baby has a rash
  • Your baby appears to be in pain or has a lot of gas
  • Your baby has blood or mucus in their diaper or bowel movements are hard and do not stick to the diaper.

Nature's Baby wishes you the very best as you nurture and rear your precious baby, and we are proud to be a part of your family.