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.
If you decide to use formula milk (either combined with breast milk or as a substitute), choosing a formula will be a big decision.
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.
Some milks just aren’t nutritious enough to give babies all the nutrients they need.
If you decide to switch brands, here are some tips on moving your baby from one formula milk to another.
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.
It's not hard to make up a bottle for your baby; here's what you need to know.
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.
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.