Bottle Feeding

Everything you need to know about safely feeding your baby from a bottle.


Bottle feeding your baby

Cuddling up and feeding your baby is a close, loving and very satisfying experience, whether you are breastfeeding or giving a bottle. Even if you are breastfeeding, there may be times when you want to use a bottle to give expressed breastmilk or infant formula.


Bottle feeding means:

  • Your baby can be looked after by a babysitter, childminder or at nursery
  • Your partner or others can enjoy the closeness of feeding your baby
  • You can share the night feeding shift!

Whether your baby's bottle contains formula milk or your expressed breastmilk, it's important to make sure that any equipment you use is thoroughly clean and sterile.


Choosing a formula milk

If you decide to use formula milk (either combined with breast milk or as a substitute), choosing a formula will be a big decision.


Organic formula milks

You may also have other considerations when choosing the right milk for your little one. Many parents choose organic formula milk for their babies, because organic foods are pure and natural.


Unsuitable formula milks

Some milks just aren’t nutritious enough to give babies all the nutrients they need.


Changing formula milks

If you decide to switch brands, here are some tips on moving your baby from one formula milk to another.


Bottle feeding equipment

Before you get started bottle-feeding your baby, you’ll want to make sure you have everything you need to hand.



It’s very important that any equipment you use for bottle feeding is thoroughly sterilised before each feed, to keep your baby safe.


Making up a bottle feed

It's not hard to make up a bottle for your baby; here's what you need to know.


Advanced preparation

It's always best to make up a bottle feed just before you need it. However, if you really have to take a prepared feed along with you, here's how to do it safely.


Preparing feeds on the go

It's not as hard as you think to make up a bottle when you're out and about. Here are some tips that will help make it a cinch.