5 Bottle Feeding Tips with the Dr Brown’s Options + Range
When I had B back in 2013, I really had my heart set on breastfeeding. After weeks of trying, expressing, bleeding nipples and a lot of mental anguish, I finally gave up. Second time around with Lew, I was less worried about moving to bottles.
Bottle feeding can come with it’s own stresses and worries though. And there are just so many different types of bottles, milk, teats – it can get really confusing. With B, we definitely switched milk too often and I remember trying out different teats way to often. With Lew we have just stuck to the first stage Aptamil and teat one. He had wind, he was burpy and sicky but second time around I know this is pretty normal. I didn’t feel like I needed to “try” the comfort milk, anti-reflux, faster flow, slower flow teats etc. And six months in and he is a healthy, happy boy.
Today we’re sharing with you the new range of Dr Brown’s anti-colic bottles – Dr Brown’s Options +. These are a totally updated version of their existing bottles with new features to make bottle feeding work for you. We’re showing you the new range today and I’m also giving you some tried and tested tips for bottle feeding.
I love feeding Lew because it is the one time I get to sit for half an hour and just relax! I have a few cushions I use to get comfy and then I pop the TV on. We’ve riffled through loads of new Netflix shows.
Wind Half Way Through
I find it handy to wind Lew half way through a feed. Typically when I sit him up, he burps straight away. Sometimes he needs his back rubbing and patting. When he was a newborn, I’d feed an ounce, wind, and so on.
Find a Good Position
Make sure there is no air getting into the teat while you’re feeding. I hold Lew on a couple of cushions, or in the crook of my arm. Around a 45 degree angle.
Speaking of air – this is the last thing you want your baby consuming. Air means wind and gas and that means baby is uncomfy. Make sure your bottle is at an angle so the teat is always full. Tip it higher as the bottle empties.
Dr Browns Options + bottles have an internal vent system which basically means air-free feeding.
The less air, the more comfortable your baby’s tummy will be. As your baby grows and their tummy is less susceptible to gas, you can easily remove the vent system. The whole bottle, teat and vent system can be placed in your sterilizer and the set comes with a handy cleaning brush.
As your baby grows you’ll want to change the teat sizes so they can drink a little faster. The Dr Browns range of teats are made of soft silicone, designed to mimic a nipple. The different teat sizes are labelled zero through to nine months. Lew has tried a few bottles and he got on just fine with these teats.
Weaning, Teething and Beyond
When I think of Dr Browns, I only think of bottles. They actually do a lot of products designed for teething and weaning. Lew is teething at the moment so these dribble bibs and teethers will come in really handy. He is continually chewing everything!
We are also just starting to wean at six months, so introducing Lew to a sippy cup is also something I want to start.
And of course teeth! With all that dribbling and chewing, teeth surely can’t be too far off.
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Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.