Planning for a positive newborn formula-feeding experience
- Infant formulas vary, so learn as much as possible before deciding which one to use.
- Let the hospital know in advance which formula you prefer to use.
- Bring some of your preferred brand to the hospital if they don’t supply it.
- Have at least a two-week supply of formula at home.
- Skin-to-skin contact is important when feeding.
You are choosing to nourish your newborn with infant formula. Get as much information as possible about how infant formulas differ and why the first formula you choose may make a difference.
The hospital nursery may not have the infant formula you have chosen in stock. Making your infant formula brand choice decision before the big day makes for a more successful and enjoyable feeding experience.
- Infant formula is the next best choice to breastmilk, and offers a complete nutrition for your baby during the first year. Infant formula is patterned after breastmilk, but not all formulas are the same. Learn as much as possible about different types of formula.
- When you are packing for your trip to the hospital, pack for your baby too. It’s best to bring a supply of 4 fl. oz. ready-to-feed infant formula nursers with you to the hospital to ensure you are able to give and stay with your formula choice when you go home. Some hospitals may only carry one brand of formula, or not stock the brand you have chosen.
- Before delivery day, learn how to prepare and store formula. Be sure to have purchased at least a two-week supply of formula to have when you come home. You will need to have on hand at least six small bottles.
- Let the nursing staff know you would like to feed immediately after birth. Immediate skin-to-skin contact builds a strong bond with your baby and helps keep his temperature and breathing normal. Even with a C-section, try to feed, skin-to-skin, within two hours.
- Have the baby in the same room as you and within hearing range at all times so you can quickly learn and respond to his early feeding cues.
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