Infant formula feeding
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Information about formula feeding
- Some mothers planning to formula feed give their baby its first feed at the breast.
- This ensures the baby gets a very precious feed of colostrum (mother's first milk).
- If you don’t want to do that, you could consider expressing some and giving it to your baby.
- If you have chosen to formula feed prior to your baby’s birth, it’s important to have skin-to-skin contact immediately following the birth for at least one hour.
- This first contact is important for all babies regardless of the method of feeding.
- Remember to bring a tin of formula suitable for a newborn baby under 6 months to hospital with you.
- Your midwife will show you how to make up the formula and sterilise bottles, teats and caps in the maternity ward. You don’t need to bring your own teats or bottles as these are provided.
- Refer to the formula tin for appropriate amounts per feed.
- The amount will increase as baby grows.
- As formula fed babies sleep heavily, it is important to follow safe sleeping guidelines. Visit the Red Nose website for information on safe sleeping practices.
- Always hold your baby during the feed for visual stimulation and close physical contact.
- Do not prop feed your baby as there is a danger of choking.
- Get help with bottle feeding issues from your midwife at home visits, child health nurse or doctor.
Download an infant formula guide on how to choose which formula to use
Download a step-by-step fact sheet on how to safely make formula