Bottle-feeding and formula

Talk with a midwife, nurse, doctor or health worker about using formula.

Only breastmilk or formula in bottle before 12 months. No cow’s milk. No water before six months for fully breastfed babies.

No bottle in bed. Don’t leave baby alone with bottle.

How to prepare formula

Wash your hands. Wash and scrub bottles. Boil bottles in large pot for five minutes.

Keep formula dry. Don’t wash the scoop.

Follow instructions on the tin. Be careful to add the right amount of water and powder.

How to use and store formula

Throw out made-up formula if it has been at room temperature for one hour or more.

Keep freshly made-up formula in the fridge for one day only.

When travelling, bring cool, boiled water. Also bring formula powder. Mix water and powder when ready to feed.

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