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.

How much and how often to bottlefeed

If you’re wondering how much you should be bottlefeeding your baby, there’s no hard and fast rule – every baby and every milk is different. The amount you feed your baby will vary depending on a number of factors, including their age, their weight and their appetite.

You should always read the instructions provided with your formula milk – they should help you to work out the correct amount for your baby. But you can also read on to learn how much is enough and how to time your baby’s feeds.

How much you should bottlefeed

Every baby is different and their appetites vary massively – it can be normal for them to take more or less feeds than what’s recommended in the table, and rarely will they wake exactly three hours after the previous feed is finished.

The table below provides a guide to how often you should feed your baby, relative to their age.

If your baby is premature or of a low birth weight, their feeding requirements will be different. Your doctor will be able to advise you if you are at all unsure.

How to time feeds

If you’re trying to gauge how long your baby is feeding for, and how long they are going between feeds, time feeds from the moment they start until the beginning of the next feed. With winding and changing, every feed may last about an hour.

If you begin feeding your baby at 11am, then you would probably expect them to be hungry again at about 2pm. If you have any questions about your baby’s feeding habits, you can call our Careline team on 800 6458 6262 (UAE)/ +971 4 420 9489 (Other Countries) between the hours of 9am and 6pm Saturday to Thursday.