Common Product Questions
Enfamil Family Beginings
Nutrients and ingredients
Infant feeding and nutrition
How do I feed my baby a bottle?
Learning to feed a baby just takes a little time and practice. Start by making yourself calm and comfortable. Hold your baby on your lap with his head resting in the bend of your arm. Keep him in a semi-seated position, with his head slightly higher than his tummy. Tilt the bottle so that the nipple stays full. That way, your baby won't swallow air. Stroke the nipple against his lower lip or cheek. That should make him open his mouth. And remember to give your baby a chance to burp during and right after his feeding.Related: Bottle-Feeding: 8 Essential Tips for New Moms
How often should I feed my baby?
Don't set a strict baby feeding schedule, instead breastfeed your baby as often as he wants at least 8-12 times every 24 hours during the first few weeks. You'll know how you're doing by how much weight he's gaining.
To establish a good milk supply, you need to feed your baby frequently (8-12 times per day) in the first few weeks. Keeping up the frequency of feedings will keep telling your body to produce milk.
Tips: Ask yourself these questions to determine if your milk supply is sufficient:
- Is my baby gaining weight?
- Does he gulp and swallow when he feeds?
- Does he wet his diaper 6+ times and have at least one bowel movement per day?
Some Issues That May Affect Your Baby
The things you eat and drink affect your breast milk and ultimately your baby. Some babies have food sensitivities or allergies that bring on colic-like symptoms like crying, fussing, frequent nursing, and stomach discomfort.
Tip: Lay off the spicy foods or gassy foods like cabbage, garlic, onions, broccoli, and caffeine. If removing the food item doesn't stop the symptoms, talk to your baby's doctor about the possibility of colic.
Bottles and pacifiers feel different to your baby than a breast does. Introducing these things can confuse him and make him not want to nurse.
Tip: Be sure that breastfeeding is well established before offering a pacifier, or bottle-feeding him.
Some babies do better with breastfeeding than others. An excited or hungry infant might be so eager that he doesn't latch on well. Or your baby might be satisfied by getting just a taste of milk and then stop nursing.
Tips: If your baby is a “sipper,” try to keep him interested by singing or rubbing his back. Massaging your breast may help with milk flow. For additional breastfeeding questions, talk to your doctor or lactation consultant.Related: Baby Feeding Timeline
Is it ok to re-warm prepared formula?
No. Re-warming formula increases the possibility of bacteria growth in the formula as it cools off after heating. Bacteria can be present in powder, in bottles, on your hands, or even introduced in other ways during formula preparation. Follow the safest procedures when feeding your baby.Related: Formula Storage and How Long Formula Is Good For
Is there a way I can breastfeed and formula-feed, just for a little break?
Many women supplement their breastfeeding with formula now and then, or while they're at work. It's best to wait until your milk supply is established and your baby is comfortable with breastfeeding. A good time to start is when your baby is around six weeks old.
Confused about which formula to use? Consider a newborn formula that's tailored to your little one's specific nutritional needs, such as Enfamil® Newborn formula.Related: Supplementing with Formula Feeding
What makes Enfamil® Infant a good choice for my infant?
Enfamil® Infant is inspired by mature breast milk.
Enfamil Infant has a Triple Health Guard® blend that helps support your baby’s healthy brain development.
Enfamil Infant has DHA and choline, nutrients also found in breast milk, that support mental development.
Enfamil NeuroPro™ Infant is an innovative, non-GMO* formula that has NeuroPro; a fat-protein blend of MFGM and DHA previously found only in breast milk in amounts supported by clinical research.
Enfamil NeuroPro Infant is closer to breast milk than our previous formulations, Enfamil PREMIUM® Infant, Enfamil Infant, and Non-GMO* Enfamil® Infant.
*Ingredients not genetically engineered. For more information visit enfamil.com/nonGMO.Related: Choosing to Formula Feed
What makes Enfamil® Newborn a good choice for my newborn?
Enfamil PREMIUM® Newborn is inspired by early breast milk collected during the first week.
The whey to casein protein ratio in Enfamil PREMIUM Newborn is based on research on the composition of early breast milk collected during the first week.
Enfamil PREMIUM Newborn has our prebiotics blend and an easy-to-digest protein blend.Related: Choosing to Formula Feed