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I’m going to be formula feeding my baby but I have no idea where to start! What do I need to know?

Before you bottle feed, you need to invest in a few things: Bottles, teats or nipples, a bottle brush, formula and possibly a bottle warmer. You may also want to buy smaller amounts of formula at first, as not all babies have the same reaction to the same formula and some respond better to a particular brand.
Once you’ve got your equipment, you will need to sterilise your bottles and equipment. Do this by boiling them in hot water for five minutes. You can wash bottles in hot soapy water after the initial sterilising, or you can opt to sterilise them each time. There are microwave sterilising units out there that make this a lot easier.

Preparing formula is a matter of following the package instructions, using the correct amounts of formula and water. Be sure to follow the directions exactly though, as formula that’s too weak or too strong can be dangerous for your child.
Prepare a few bottles at a time and keep them in the refrigerator. When you need to feed your child, you can take a ready made bottle from the fridge and heat it in hot water or a bottle warmer (some children even get used to milk being served cold, straight from the fridge.) Once the bottle is ready, hold your child on your lap with his or her head elevated. Tilt the bottle, to allow the nipple to fill completely and avoid having your child swallow air and feed your child.

More questions

Know when the time is right to start giving your baby regular milk
There are some foods that your baby should not be eating before his or her first birthday.
Knowing what solid foods to feed your baby
Risks to babies from unsterilised bottles
While breast feeding is best for your child, many mums choose to bottle feed for a variety of reasons.
From around four to six months old, most babies will be ready to try solid food for the first time.
You should never leave formula out of the fridge for longer than an hour.
When to introduce fruit juice to your infant
Choosing the right formula for your child
Your newborn needs to be fed often and there are feeding cues you can watch out for which will indicate hunger.



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