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The Feeding Fiasco | Irish Wedding BlogIrish Wedding Blog

The Feeding Fiasco | Irish Wedding BlogIrish Wedding Blog

Welcome to yet another episode of #MaternityMonday. Today I’m likely to share what I learnt (the difficult way) about feeding a newborn.

On my to start with being pregnant, I assumed I was pretty chilled about the whole feeding factor. I attended all the prenatal lessons where we were specified breast feeding 101. Quite much all feeding chat I seasoned was breast feeding and for me it was a no brainer. I would just breast fed and that will be that. You pop the newborn on and absent you go. There wasn’t one particular course I attended about feeding a newborn that spoke about bottle feeding until it was in respect to expressing your milk.

Roll on January 2016 and out in to the planet comes James. A c area was his option of exit specified his ‘breech’ placement (the erroneous way close to for safe normal supply). So there I am, all set to breast feed publish medical procedures and ……… nothing……. Tumbleweed. Fundamentally, for some unusual motive which I identified later on was that my milk did not arrive in and nor did it kick in to output when there had been makes an attempt to feed or categorical. I was capable to convey very small very small quantities. Now, below usual instances I would have just moved on BUT in my vulnerable article hormonal state, I was all about the location. I was devastated. I felt that if I didn’t keep heading I was failing. Layered on leading, the midwives have been pushing me to preserve going regardless of James not getting what he essential and pretty much ended up in NICU with his bodyweight dropping.

So next we were being faced with the issue of owning to prepare bottles and we under no circumstances manufactured a bottle in our life nor realized how to commence. Of class, amongst YouTube and Google we bought there in the conclusion. So if you are in a position in which you have to or want to bottle feed, here’s what I learnt.

Bottle Feeding 101:

For starters, when you are in healthcare facility, they will supply you with prepared-produced bottles that arrive with a screw on teat so there is very little intricate. I recommend stocking up on a few of these to have at residence so that the to start with number of times I do not have any trouble and just retain going. In conditions of unique makes, they are all the similar and for me Aptamil was just what I ended up using.

Once you are all set to go on the powder, you will will need a bit of a kit to get you there.

To start with you will have to have bottles. The teat flows are vital and they go by age of newborn. You are going to be replacing the teats as your infant grows.

In the previous I used Tommee Tippee bottles but I’ve pretty not too long ago been released to MAM and they have excellent anti-colic functionality. In other words and phrases, fewer on wind so fewer of an upset toddler. I read testimonials and all of the mums are raving about them.

MAM Bottles: (Also available in pharmacies & newborn shops throughout Ireland)

MAM bottles

Mam Bottles – Starter Kit

This was sent to me as a reward from MAM and you are going to see there is a smaller bottle for new born and taller for more mature little one.

Future, you are going to require to have a steriliser. You have 2 selections here. You can go with a larger plug in that can sit on your counter or a microwave a person. I’ve generally utilized the microwave a person as I like to not have my counter much too chaotic but you can sterilise more at the moment with the stand by itself. Moreover the microwave one particular is quick to vacation with.


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Tommee Tippee Stand Alone Electric Steriliser:

Bottle steriliser

Microwave: MAM – You Just incorporate a compact total of water to the base and when the water heats it steam sterilises the bottles.

MAM sterilisers

  1. When you unpack your bottles, you must hand clean generating certain to clean the teat very carefully. Rinse all suds off and then put just about every bottle in the steriliser and let it operate. They frequently say not to set bottles in the dish washer. Just after a few months previous I for the overall body of the bottles but on the teats.
  2. At the time finish, you give it a several minutes to cool down. In the meantime, boil your kettle, you require to put fresh new drinking water in, no reusing water which is been sitting down there.
  3. Following it is recommended that you clean down the worktop you are about to prep your bottles on and make absolutely sure your palms are clean up and sterilised much too.
  4. Pop your bottles out and then based on your  formula information you abide by their measurements. Initially point you insert the boiling h2o to the measurement they suggest. For new infants it is commonly 1 scoop and for each individual 30mls that signifies 3 scoops for a 90ml bottle which is the normal dimension for new borns and then it goes to 120mls right after a number of weeks. At 120mls then it is 4 scoops. All of the bottles have the measurements on the aspect.
  5. You gather the powder utilizing the scoop that arrives with the pack. The scoops have to be amount and there is a scraper in the corner of the system box.
  6. Select up you teat by the plastic surround at the bottom, not the true rubber teat as that has to be pure sterilised.
  7. Pop the lid on and then shake for a pair of seconds till the formula has blended.
  8. I then get a basin of chilly h2o to amazing down the bottles.
  9. Repeat this right until you’ve manufactured your batch, they say not to make more than 4 each individual batch.
  10. After cooled down, you pop in the fridge. You need to use that stock in the working day.
  11. When you need to have just one, just take from the fridge and you can either reheat in an real bottle heater or get a measuring jug with a compact quantity of boiling h2o. Permit that warmth up for a few minutes
  12. Take out and take a look at for a evenly warm but not scorching milk on your wrist. After it is proper, you are all set to feed.

Of program this seems like a whole lot at initial but around time you do it without pondering. There is no denying that if breast feeding operates out it is so a great deal much more practical

Excess Strategies


A several factors I learnt, newborn will possibly try and guzzle that bottle in 1 go. Really essential to give breaks and wind a handful of instances all through the feed as you want to keep away from a large block of wind producing little one awkward.


At evening, fairly than getting to haul all the way down to the kitchen and heat up the bottle, you could have a sterilised bottle stored in a apparent bag and then open up up some of the completely ready made liquid. OR Tommee Tippee have the bottle maker….(see under) and this is fundamentally like a Nespresso of toddler formulation. You have your water in the tank, system scooped in and then just turn it on and it does all the hard get the job done and will put together a bottle at the suitable temperature. I would hold that in my room at night time for ease.


Some of you may possibly want to categorical a bit if you have milk eager to appear out. MAM have a wonderful pump which can be guide or electric. I want electric and even nevertheless I could only get small amounts out I was delighted a thing was heading to baby!

Excess Bits To Take into account:

Full Novice Set

Bottle Maker:

was past modified: Could 30th, 2022