- Wash your hands well with soap before preparing feeds
- Boil the kettle and fill each sterilised bottle to the required level. Put the teat in upside down and seal with the disc and ring provided to keep it sterile, or seal with the cap provided. Refrigerate all bottles immediately.
- To make a bottle, take one out of the fridge at a time. Using only the scoop provided in the formula tin, fill with powdered milk and level it off. Don’t pack the milk down in the scoop or the feed will be too concentrated. Check the manufacturer’s instructions and add the correct number of scoops to the bottle (usually one scoop per 25ml of water)
- Put the disc and ring or cap back on and shake the bottle until all the milk has dissolved and the milk is completely mixed. Check that there are no undissolved lumps that could block the teat
- Warm the bottle to room temperature in a jug of hot water or bottle warmer(preferably not in the microwave as it heats the milk unevenly and could create hot spots)
- Check the temperature by letting a few drops of milk drip onto the inside of your wrist, where it should feel lukewarm
- Lay your baby in the cradle of your arm in a semi-upright position and let baby latch on. As she sucks, keep the bottle tilted so that the teat fills with milk, not air. After your baby has been sucking for a while, the teat may go flat. Pull on the bottle slightly to let the teat fill up again. If she fusses the teat may be dripping too slowly or too fast
- Burp baby halfway through the feed or if she lets go of the teat and fusses, as well as at the end of a feed. Bring up wind by holding baby against your shoulder or sitting upright on your lap with your hand under chin, and gently rubbing or patting her back for a couple of minutes
- After feedsrinse out the bottle immediately. Wash with hot soapy water and a bottle brush to ensure that all milk residues are eliminated. Scrub the teat with coarse salt to remove milk deposits. Rinse bottles well and sterilise in a steam or microwave steriliser or sterilising solution
Disclaimer: The advice on this site is for information purposes only. Please consult your health professional.