Baby bottle feeding advice

Baby bottle feeding advice

If you are planning to bottle feed with expressed breast milk or infant formula, our bottle feeding tips will help keep your baby safe and healthy.

Buying baby bottle feeding equipment

You will need a number of baby bottles and teats, as well as sterilizing equipment. There’s no evidence that one type of teat or bottle is better than any other. But some feeding bottles have shapes or patterns that make them difficult to clean thoroughly. As hygiene is so important, simple bottles that are easy to wash and sterilize are probably best.

Preparing bottle feeds

Make sure your bottles and teats are sterilized. If you’re using infant formula, pay close attention to the instructions on the packet when you make up the feed.

How to bottle feed your baby

Make sure you are sitting comfortably. Enjoy holding your baby and looking into their eyes as you feed them. Bottle feeding is a chance to feel close to your baby and get to know them.

Hold your baby fairly upright for bottle feeds. Support their head so they can breathe and swallow comfortably. Brush the teat against your baby’s lips and when your they open their mouth wide, let them draw in the teat.

Always give your baby plenty of time to feed.

Keep the teat full

When bottle feeding, keep the teat full of milk, otherwise your baby will take in air. If the teat becomes flattened while you’re feeding, gently put a clean finger into the corner of your baby’s mouth to release the suction. If the teat gets blocked, replace it with another sterile teat.

Winding your baby

Your baby may need short breaks during the feed and may need to burp sometimes. When your baby does not want any more feed, hold them upright and gently rub or pat their back to bring up any wind. This may only be a small amount.

Throw away unused formula

Don’t forget to throw away any unused formula or breast milk after you have finished feeding your baby.

Go with the flow

Babies differ in how often they want to feed and how much milk they want to take. Feed your baby when they’re hungry, and don’t try to force them to finish a bottle.

Don’t leave your baby

Never leave a baby alone to feed with a propped-up bottle as they may choke on the milk.

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