How to Prepare Infant Formula and Feed Your Baby

(Video uploaded 20/02/2018)


Title: How to Prepare Infant Formula and Feed Your Baby

Narrator: How to prepare infant formula and feed your baby

Narrator: Proper preparation of a formula feed is crucial to babies' nutritional intake and minimises bacterial infection.

Heading: Preparing Infant Formula

Narrator: Preparing infant formula

Scene: Daddy turns on the electric kettle to boil the water

Sub-heading: Bring water to the Boil

Narrator: First, bring tap water to the boil. When using an electric kettle, wait until it turns off automatically. Then leave the water there to cool down for no more than 30 minutes, so that the final water temperature is not less than 70°C.

Scene: Daddy uses a towel to clean the preparation area and wash his hands with soap and water. Then dries his hands with a clean towel.

Sub-heading: Clean and disinfect the area

Narrator: Clean the area where you are going to prepare the feed.

Sub-heading: Clean your hands

Narrator: Then, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry them with a clean towel.

Scene: Daddy takes the bottle out from the bottle steriliser and shakes off the water.

Narrator: Take the bottle out of the bottle steriliser and shake off any excess water from the bottle and teat. Rinse the bottle and teat with boiled water if they have been sterilised with chemicals.

Scene: Daddy pours water into the bottle

Sub-heading: Pour appropriate amount of boiled water (No less than 70°C )

Narrator: Pour the appropriate amount of boiled water, of no less than 70°C, into the bottle.

Scene: Daddy takes out a can of formula milk.

Sub-heading: Add accurate amount of formula powder

Narrator: Add the exact amount of formula powder to the water as described on the label. Adding too much powder can cause dehydration. On the other hand, not enough powder will lead to inadequate nutrition.

Scene: Daddy takes out the scoop inside the can. He fills the scoop loosely with formula powder and levels it off using the flat edge of a clean, dry knife.

Narrator: Loosely fill the scoop provided in the can with formula powder. Level it off using the flat edge of a clean, dry knife. Don't press the powder down.

Scene: Daddy attaches the teat and the cap to the bottle.

Narrator: Attach the teat and the cap to the bottle.

Scene: Daddy shakes or spins the bottle until the powder is thoroughly dissolved.

Sub-heading: Shake to dissolve the powder

Narrator: Shake or spin the bottle gently until the powder is thoroughly dissolved.

Scene: Daddy places the bottom half of the bottle under running tap water; daddy puts the bottom half of the bottle in a basin of cold water.

Sub-heading: Cool down the milk

Narrator: Then, quickly cool down the milk to a temperature suitable for feeding. Place the bottom half of the bottle under a running tap or put it in a basin of cold water.

Scene: Daddy dries the bottle surface with a clean paper towel.

Narrator: Then, dry the bottle's surface.

Scene: Daddy drips a few drops of milk onto his wrist to test the temperature.

Sub-heading: Test the temperature

Narrator: Drip a few drops of milk onto your wrist to ensure that the temperature is suitable for feeding.

Heading: Feeding Your Baby with a Bottle

Narrator: Feeding your baby with a bottle.

Scene: Daddy holds the baby

Narrator: When feeding, hold your baby, such that her head is higher than her body.

Scene: Daddy tilts the bottle and gently touches the baby's mouth with the teat.

Narrator: Gently touch your baby's mouth with the teat and she will turn her head towards it.

Sub-heading: Tilt the bottle

Narrator: Keep the bottle tilted so that the milk covers the teat. This prevents your baby from swallowing air during sucking.

Scene: Baby shows signs of fullness

Sub-heading: Stop feeding when shows signs of fullness

Narrator: Stop feeding when your baby shows signs of fullness, for example, when her sucking slows down, if she stops sucking or even turns away from the bottle.

Scene: Milk left in bottle

Sub-heading: Discard the remaining milk

Narrator: The remaining milk should be discarded. Don't reuse unfinished milk. Never leave your baby alone to feed with the bottle being propped up by a towel or a pillow. It may lead to choking or increase the risk of suffocation.

Scene: Picture of tooth decay

Sub-heading: Tooth decay

Narrator: Sleeping with a bottle may lead to tooth decay later in life.

Heading: Burping Your Baby

Narrator: Burping your baby.

Scene: When baby finishes the milk, daddy holds her up.

Narrator: Burp your baby when she finishes the feed. It may prevent her from bringing up milk after feeding. You can also burp her as she pauses during feeding. There are two ways to burp:

Scene: Daddy holds the baby upright and supports her head on his shoulder when he gently pats or rubs her back.

Narrator: Hold your baby upright, and support her head on your shoulder while you gently pat or rub her back for a few minutes.

Scene: Daddy sits the baby on his lap, supports her chest and head with one hand while gently patting or rubbing her back with the other hand.

Narrator: Alternatively, sit the baby on your lap, support her chest and head with one hand while you gently pat or rub her back with the other hand for a few minutes.

Scene: Daddy keeps the baby in an upright position.

Narrator: After feeding, holding your baby and keeping her in an upright position for 10 to 20 minutes can prevent bringing up milk.

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Produced in 2015