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My Ain Rania is two months old!
Now your two-month-old seems more like a baby and much less a newborn. Your baby is more responsive, affectionate and demonstrates this by flashing beautiful smiles at you and others she meets. Her whole body responds by moving in synchrony when you talk to her. She is also beginning to make sense of the little everyday things, like her bottle. She is beginning to comprehend the basics of cause and effect; in fact it is becoming important to her to know that she can influence her environment. She thrives on response. This is clear in her toy choice; she prefers toys that respond with sound or movement to her limited ways of handling them. She loves having her parents respond when she cries, when she calls out to play, when she makes those subtle expressions. 

Bottle-feeding Is Not A Bad Choice! Common QnA Which May Interest You

Now that you have decided to formula-feed your baby, don't go on a guilt-trip. The big plus is both parents can participate. Many mothers opt for this and why not since it is safe and nutritious way to feed your baby. The important thing is the option of bottle-feeding suits and works for you. Your focus now should be on getting started with the appropriate formula and accessories, and bonding with your baby. Breast feeding is natural and best for your baby of its nutritious content. Perfectly balanced, breast milk contains everything your baby needs for her growth and development. It is easily digested and contains necessary antibodies for your baby's well-being and brain growth, and babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life to prevent the onset of possible allergies. Having said that, some problems such as persistent mastitis, breast pain or painful nipples to name some are not solvable or manageable despite the exhausting regimes and tears. That's when some mothers resort to bottle-feeding. If you have decided to formula-feed your baby, don't go on a guilt-trip. The big plus is both parents can participate. Many mothers resort to this and why not since it is a safe and nutritious way to feed your baby. The important thing is bottle-feeding suits and works for you. Your focus now should be on getting started with the appropriate formula and accessories, and bonding with your baby.
What is formula milk?

There are many brands of formula milk on the market today. By tradition infant formula milk is based on cow's milk extract, and cow's milk is very different in composition from human milk. But the carbohydrates, fats and proteins have been modified and fortified with vitamins and minerals such as folic, zinc and iron to resemble breast milk closely. Formula milk is constantly being improved in terms of nutrition and packaging to contain the correct balance of EFAs (DHA and ARA), butterfat and other nutrients e.g. iron. It is very important to follow the specifications on formula preparation in order to derive the correct nutritional balance. It is also important to recognize if a particular brand is not suited to your baby.
What to look for in formula milk?

Formulas should be similar to breast milk as much as possible in terms of nutrients. Mostly milk is made up of two proteins namely casein and whey. Breast milk is about 70% whey (balance is casein) and is therefore more suited to a younger infant as far as digestion goes. Casein is harder for baby to digest and is suitable for an older baby over six months. Most formulas are quite the same in taste and nutrients. Today all brands contain EFAs necessary for baby's growth in terms of brain and nervous system. Some even contain probiotics, a substance essential for the growth of good bacteria in the gut. Other than that it is good to know that formula milk is manufactured under strict surveillance and if one brand comes up with an extra ingredient other manufacturers will match up in matter of time, leaving very little, if any, difference between formulas.

Can breastfeeding and bottle-feeding be mixed?

Yes, you can mix both. For a successful mixed feeding, it is best to breastfeed when you have ample supply of milk. Mornings are a good time for example and early evenings are a good time to bottle feed when milk supply is likely to be low. Offer your baby a bottle of breast milk every few days while you are still breastfeeding so that she will start accepting bottle as a substitute. Have another family member bottle feed your baby. Never force a bottle until she accepts this way of feeding. Now that you have introduced your baby to bottle feeds (formula or expressed milk), you have to stay committed to breastfeeding as well as bother with the sterilizing of bottles. The other issue is timing. If you have decided to introduce bottle do so at about 1 month to 6 weeks after birth once breastfeeding is well established. If introduced earlier baby can face nipple confusion. Babies are known to reject bottles despite them containing expressed milk if introduced quite late. 


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 223: The mothers shall give suck to their offspring for two whole years if the father desires to complete the term.  But he shall bear the cost of their food and clothing on equitable terms.  No soul shall have a burden laid on it greater than it can bear.  No mother shall be treated unfairly on account of her child nor father on account of his child.  An heir shall be chargeable in the same way if they both decide on weaning by mutual consent and after due consultation there is no blame on them.  If ye decide on a foster-mother for your offspring there is no blame on you provided ye pay (the mother) what ye offered on equitable terms.  But fear Allah and know that Allah sees well what ye do.

salam sayang from ain rania n mom (-_-) @ langkawi blaque villa homestay (RM150)

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