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4 fl oz (120 mL) bottles are a
good size for newborns. As your
baby starts to take more formula during a feeding, you will likely want to have
bigger 8 fl oz (240 mL) bottles
Bottles are made of glass or plastic.
Nipples have been designed to imitate a
mother's nipple. The human nipple is short and flexible, which makes it easy
for a baby to grasp and suckle. But some babies have difficulty with some
bottle nipples that are too short.
General guidelines for buying
Nipple shapes include:
You may need to experiment with a few different types of
nipples until you find one that seems most natural for your baby.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerThomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
Current as ofNovember 20, 2015
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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