Formula Feeding Tips – Everything you Need To Know!

By: Heather Little

Formula feeding tips for new moms. Including the benefits of formula feeding, common questions, and must have items for formula feeding!

So you’re thinking about formula feeding?

How to feed my baby was something I had thought about since before I was even pregnant. Personally, I knew pretty early on that I wanted to formula feed. Breastfeeding just wasn’t for me.

And when I had a complicated and traumatic pregnancy, that just made it all the more necessary for me to go with my desire to formula feeding, for my own mental health. By looking out for my mental health, it allowed me to be the absolute best mommy to my new little baby.

Whether you’re formula feeding by choice, or formula feeding for other medical reasons, I’m here to help guide you through everything you need to know about formula feeding!

In this Formula Feeding Tips article you’ll find information on:

  • Formula Feeding Common Questions
  • Common Mistakes With Formula Feeding
  • Formula Feeding Must Have Items
  • Benefits Of Formula Feeding

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Common Questions About Formula Feeding

What is paced bottle feeding?

Paced bottle feeding is when you slow down the flow of milk or formula to the nipple of the bottle. The main purpose of paced bottle feeding is to reduce the risk over overeating which can cause tummy pains for your baby.

In order to successfully pace bottle feed, you’ll want to use a smaller bottle like this 4oz bottle, and be sure to use slow flow nipples like these.

Then, rather than having your baby in a totally reclined position, have them sitting somewhat upright. Tilt the bottle in such a way that only about half of the nipple is filled with milk/formula.

After a few gulps (Around 5), tilt the bottle upward, giving your baby a break. When they start to suck on the bottle nipple again, you can repeat the process.

What is cluster feeding? And do formula and bottle fed babies cluster feed?

Cluster feeding (aka bunch feeding) is when a baby wants to have a lot of frequent feedings close together, but the feedings are shorter. This is very common with breastfed babies, but sometimes formula fed babies cluster feed as well.

It often involves a fussy baby who will feed for a brief moment, then stop eating and go back to fussing, then another brief feeding, then stopping again, and so on. It can be really frustrating and confusing, especially for new moms.

A lot of moms worry that their baby isn’t getting enough milk, or become overwhelmed because their baby seems hungry, but will only feed for a short amount of time. Always talk to your baby’s pediatrician if you’re worried, but cluster feeding is very normal for newborns!

What is the best baby formula?

This is probably one of the biggest formula feeding tips that moms are searching for when deciding between formula feeding or breast feeding. (Or if they’ve already landed on formula feeding.)

When it comes to determining what is the best baby formula, or which formula is closest to breastmilk, you should always consult with your pediatrician to get their input.

After a lot of research and speaking with a couple different doctors, we landed on Enfamil and were very happy with our choice. To this day, we still give our toddler the Enfamil Toddler Nutrition Drink to give her some extra nutrients in addition to what she gets from her meals. 

Enfamil is also great because they have a reward program where you can earn free formula! You Get 75 Points Right Away Just For Signing Up, And Then You Earn 1 Point For Every $1 You Spend!

We used Enfamil Neuro Pro Gentlease and it worked wonders for my baby’s sensitive tummy! It was perfect for combating fussiness and gas.

Formula feeding tips for new moms, including frequently asked questions, common mistakes, the benefits of formula feeding, and must have items.

What are the best ways to prepare bottles for night time feedings?

When it comes to night time feedings, make sure you follow these formula feeding tips to save yourself a lot of middle of the night frustrations!

Set up a feeding station in your bedroom (or where ever your baby sleeps at night)!

That feeding station should include:

  • Bottles filled with the premeasured water
  • The Formula (Do yourself a favor and have the formula set up in these premeasured formula dispensers. With these, you won’t need to worry about measuring out the formula while you’re half asleep, and likely in the dark!
Philips AVENT Powder Formula Dispenser and Snack Cup For Unisex Baby, Grey, SCF135/18
  • Makes on the go feeding easier
  • Holds enough powdered formula for 3 to 260 milliliter/9 ounce feeds
  • With the inner section removed, the dispenser makes a handy snack cup
  • Rotating cap prevents powder spilling into other compartment shells
  • This BPA free dispenser is dishwasher safe, microwavable and suitable for sterilizing
  • Burp Clothes (I really like the shape and size of these burp cloths. Plus they’re organic which is always a plus!)

If you’re doing room temperature bottles, which I would highly recommend, then that’s really all you’d need! (For more information on room temperature bottles and other formula feeding hacks, check out this article and find out how to make formula feeding easier!)

However, if you are going to be heating up your bottles, do yourself a huge favor and grab this Dual Baby Bottle Warmer and Defroster. It’s surprisingly affordable!

Baby Bottle Warmer, Grownsy 8-in-1 Fast Milk Warmer with Timer Breastmilk or Formula, Fits 2 Bottles, Accurate Temperature Control, with Defrost, Sterili-zing, Keep, Heat Baby Food Jars Function
  • 【Fast Warming in 3 Mins】 Takes only 3-7 minutes to heat cold milk to body temperature. It heats up quick enough to calm down a screaming baby in the middle of the night. Happy baby means happy mommy! It also comes with a sterili-zation function to deep clean bottles and nipples with steam. Such a great bonus for busy mom.
  • 【Smart 8-in-1】Fast Warming / Thaw / Keep Warm / Steaming / Food Heating / Timer / Adjustable Temp / Anti-scald Basket. Save the money for other useless bulky devices. This do-it-all machine meets all your needs. It’s the best shower gift for growing families.
  • 【Perfect for Night Feeding】Use Keep Warm function to maintain the milk temperature before going to bed by gentle water bath for those late night feedings. It’s also very useful when trying to get your baby to take a bottle and might try a bottle multiple times with short gaps between. No hot spots, keeping the nutrients and original taste.
  • 【Auto Shut off】The bottle warmer will automatically turns off with timer when milk is ready. Go change your baby and come back and it’s done! Never worry about over-heating and it’s always comes out with precise temperature.

How Do You Mix Formula?

  1. Make sure you have clean hands
  2. Pour the desired amount of water in the bottle
  3. Add level (unpacked!) scoops of formula to the water as directed on your formula container
  4. Put the cap back on the bottle and shake ‘er up!
  5. Feed immediately, or store in the refrigerator in accordance with your formula brand’s guidelines
  6. Pro Tip: Make your days easier by pre-mixing your formula for the day in this awesome formula mixing pitcher and storing it in the fridge. Check your specific formula to see how long formula stays good for after mixing, but typically it’s good for up to 24 hours when refrigerated!
Dr. Brown’s Baby Formula Mixing Pitcher with Adjustable Stopper, Locking Lid, & No Drip Spout, 32oz, BPA Free, Blue
  • BABY FORMULA MIXER. This formula pitcher features a unique blade to quickly dissolve and blend up to 32 ounces of formula with no leftover clumping.
  • BABY TRAVEL ESSENTIAL. Whether you’re at home or away, this pitcher can blend up to four (4) 8oz/250mL baby bottles of formula at once, so baby never has to miss a feeding.
  • MINIMIZE AIR BUBBLES IN FORMULA. This baby formula mixer is designed to reduce air bubbles in formula to help minimize air-swallowing during feeding and reduce gas.
  • MODERN DESIGN. The Formula Mixing Pitcher is available in an array of stylish colors including Blue, Olive, Orange, Teal and Black.
  • EASY TO CLEAN. Dr. Brown’s Formula Mixing Pitcher is easy to disassemble and dishwasher safe (top rack only).

Common Mistakes With Formula Feeding

Feeling guilty about formula feeding. One of the best formula feeding tips is to ditch the breast feeding guilt! Formula gives your baby the nutrients that they need, and if that is the right choice for your family, then go with it! Do what you need to do in order to be able to show up as your “best self” for your baby.

Using the wrong nipple flow. Make sure you don’t use ones that flow to fast which could cause overeating and an increase in air intake causing uncomfortable or painful gas.

Switching Up Formula Brands. Pick a formula and stick with it. While it may be tempting to get what’s on sale that week, switching up the type of formula you feed your baby could really mess with their tummies.

Formula Feeding Must Haves

So what do you need to formula feed? Let’s wrap up these formula feeding tips with some must have products!

Formula – Obviously.

Enfamil’s NeuroPro Infant Formula with brainbuilding nutrition inspired by breast milk including MFGM and DHA.

Bottles – You’ll of course need bottles. Stock up because you’re going to be going through ALOT of bottles throughout the day. Just like with the formula, don’t switch up the bottles. Once you find one that your baby likes, then just stick with it. (And buy like 10 of them!)

My baby loved these Philips Avent Natural Bottles. I loved them too because they were super easy to clean! I hate those bottles that come with a million little pieces that you have to assemble and dissemble each time! These come in pink, blue, purple and clear.

Sectioned Formula Container – You’ll absolutely need a sectioned formula container/dispenser for feeding on the go! As I mentioned, it also comes in handy for night time feedings. I prefer this Philips Avent one for the diaper bag because it’s small in size.

Philips AVENT Powder Formula Dispenser and Snack Cup For Unisex Baby, Grey, SCF135/18
  • Makes on the go feeding easier
  • Holds enough powdered formula for 3 to 260 milliliter/9 ounce feeds
  • With the inner section removed, the dispenser makes a handy snack cup
  • Rotating cap prevents powder spilling into other compartment shells
  • This BPA free dispenser is dishwasher safe, microwavable and suitable for sterilizing

Clean Purified Water (With added fluoride) – Your house water may be fine. My baby’s pediatrician recommended this nursery water, so we went with it!

Baby Bottle Scrubber – I always liked the Munchkin Brand bottle scrubber. It gets the job done well, and the bottom pops off and is a little hidden bottle nipple cleaner. And they’re also super cheap. You don’t need to waste money on anything fancy here.

Munchkin® Sponge™ Bottle Brush, 2 Pack, Green
  • Includes (2) BPA-free bottle brushes that stand upright and off of counters
  • Durable nylon bristles are scratch-free, yet soft.Ideal for standard and angled bottles
  • Soft rubber nipple brush is gentle on small parts
  • Top rack dishwasher safe
  • Ideal for cleaning most standard glass and plastic baby bottles – Replace brush every 30-45 days

Bottle Drying Rack – I like this one way better than the silicone one that every has that looks like rubber grass. If that’s your vibe than go for it, but I really like this space saving drying rack!

It’s got a place for all your bottle pieces to dry nicely, it’s a much cleaner look, and it doesn’t take up all that counter space that the other ones do!

Ubbi Vertical Baby Bottle Drying Rack, Countertop Drying Rack Baby Accessory, Gray
  • LARGE CAPACITY: 13 pegs to dry bottles and breastfeeding pumps
  • REMOVEABLE TOP COMPARTMENT: Stores and dries smaller items such as pacifiers, valves and nipples
  • REMOVEABLE BOTTOM TRAY: Sturdy base with removeable tray to collect water
  • SPACE SAVING STORAGE: counter top space saver

Microwavable Sanitizing Bags – You’ll need to sanitize your bottles before using them first, and it’s recommended to sanitize them every few weeks or so. DO NOT waste your money on a fancy bottle sterilizer. It’s just not necessary. These Microwaveable Sanitizing Bags are SO cheap and they do the same darn thing! AND they take up less space in your kitchen!

These are literally the exact same ones that they used in my baby’s NICU unit. That’s actually how I found out about them. Thank God I hadn’t already wasted money on an expensive, clunky sanitizing machine!

Medela Quick Clean MicroSteam Bags, Sterilizing Bags for Bottles Breast Pump Parts Eliminates 99.9 of Common Bacteria Germs Disinfects Most Breastpump Accessories, Yellow, 12 Pack
  • Easy steam cleaning: quickly eliminate 99.9% of most common bacteria and germs in only about 3 minutes, using just a microwave and water, for convenient cleaning anywhere
  • Thoroughly disinfects in about 3 minutes: designed for Efficient, effective sanitization of most breast pump parts and accessories, including bottles, nipples, pacifiers, cups, breast shields, and more
  • Reusable steam bags for bottles, pump parts, and more: Each bag can be used up to 20 times and is designed for durability and convenience, whether at home or at work; bags also double as a great option for neatly organizing and storing pump parts
  • Made without BPA: all Medela breast milk bottles and products that come in contact with breast milk are – and have always been – Made without BPA or phthalates
  • Made with food contact grade materials: and are manufactured according to good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) regulations for the peace of mind that moms deserve; includes (12) Micro steam bags

BONUS Formula Feeding “Must Have”

While this isn’t a total MUST, it is totally bada$$! ESPECIALLY if you plan on warming your baby’s bottles. If you are going to warm your baby’s bottles, then I may actually consider this a MUST. This Baby Brezza is basically a Keurig for baby bottles!

You totally deserve this extra bit of help, so treat yourself!

Baby Brezza New and Improved Formula Pro Advanced Formula Dispenser Machine – Automatically Mix a Warm Formula Bottle Instantly – Easily Make Bottle with Automatic Powder Blending, White
  • Most advanced way to automatically make a warm, formula bottle instantly. More accurate, consistent, hygienic & faster than hand scooping.
  • Patented mixing technology automatically mixes formula & water to the perfect consistency. Works with virtually all formula brands & all bottle brands/sizes. For accurate dispensing, clean the mixing funnel after every 4th bottle or buy a spare funnel
  • Fully customizable – choose 1 ounce increments between 2-10 ounces, 3 temperature settings and formula/water or water only dispensing
  • Air-tight formula storage
  • 1-year limited warranty (not valid on purchases shipped outside US); BPA-FREE; UL Listed; Works with 120 volt outlets; Current: 2.5A

Benefits Of Formula Feeding

I can’t end an article on formula feeding tips without talking about some of the benefits of formula feeding for new moms. With so many mom shamers out there chanting about how “breast is best”, it’s easy to feel pressured to overlook the benefits of formula feeding and pretend that there are none. But that is just not the case.

Formula feeding tips for new moms, including frequently asked questions, common mistakes, the benefits of formula feeding, and must have items.

I would never tell anyone that formula feeding is better than breastfeeding, or vice versa. How you chose to feed your baby is up to you and your personal choice and situation.

So if you’re considering formula feeding for your baby, here are some of the main benefits to formula feeding you should keep in mind:

1. It is easy to track exactly how much your baby is eating. (You can track it on this Newborn and Infant Daily Log to stay on top of your baby’s health and schedule.) There’s no guess work involved in determining how your baby is eating.

2. Feeding your baby doesn’t fall completely on your shoulders. This is actually a huge benefit to formula feeding. It’s beneficial to both you and your spouse.

It gives your body and mind a break, and helps prevent you from feeling over exhausted and overwhelmed. Given that newborns feed like every 2 hours (even more often for breastfed babies) it can lead to a lot of resentful feelings.

This also gives dads the opportunity to equally participate in the feedings and get that bonding experience.

3. No Pumping! ’nuff said.

4. You don’t have to worry about your diet. When you’re breastfeeding you often have to avoid certain types of food that your baby has an intolerance too. It’s also often a trial and error experiment of trying to determine what in the world from your diet is causing the issues.

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