Bottle Feeding

Not all mums choose to breastfeed. Some mums choose to combine breast with formula feeding. Others find that expressing breastmilk and feeding using a bottle can be handy if they’re out and about, and can give a partner the chance to get involved with feeds. And some mums decide to switch to an infant formula completely.

Whatever you choose, this section will help you prepare yourself and your baby for the introduction of a bottle and explain why introducing a bottle is a difficult decision to reverse. We’ll also look at the practical considerations, like what equipment you’ll need, how to sterilise and prepare bottles and how much and how often your baby should feed.

Storing infant formula

It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and stick to good hygiene practices when preparing your baby’s food.

Standards for preparing infant formula include the following:

  • Boil freshly-run water, then leave the kettle to cool for 30 minutes before mixing it with the milk powder. Artificially softened or repeatedly boiled water should not be used, as the mineral levels could be too high
  • Your baby’s milk should be prepared fresh for each feed. Using stored milk may increase the chances of your baby becoming ill
  • Any leftover milk should be thrown away after two hours
  • Always test the temperature of your baby’s feed. If the milk needs to be cooled down, hold the bottle under a cold running tap – with the teat covered

If you’d like more advice on preparing and storing milk, call our Careline team for advice on 800 6458 6262 (UAE)/ +971 4 420 9489 (Other Countries) between the hours of 9am and 6pm Saturday to Thursday.