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Infant formula preparation: in pictures

0-1 years

Preparing the bottles

Wash baby bottles before every use in hot, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly. Squirt water through hole in teat. Wipe down preparation area and wash your hands.

Sterilise bottles and teats. Boil bottle, teat and ring in water for five minutes. Or use a microwave or electric steriliser following directions. Store empty sterilised bottles in a sealed container in fridge or in pot with lid on.

Keep children away from boiling water. To avoid scalding yourself, let equipment cool in the pot until you can touch it.

Making the formula

Boil fresh water. Cool for at least 30 minutes until lukewarm. Make a few bottles of water so you don’t run out. Store sterilised, sealed bottles in the fridge.

Check instructions on formula tin for how much water to use. Put this amount of cooled, boiled water in a sterilised baby bottle.

Check instructions on formula tin for how many scoops of formula to use. Tap scoop, and level it with a flat blade. Add formula powder to cooled, boiled water in bottle.

Getting bottle ready for feeding baby

Put lid and teat on bottle. Tap bottle gently so powder falls down into water. Shake bottle well to mix powder and water.

Stand bottle in a pot of heated water until formula is just warm. Microwave ovens heat milk unevenly so avoid using them. Shake bottle and squeeze a drop of milk onto your wrist to test temperature and make sure milk is flowing from teat.

When going out, put bottle with right amount of boiled water in insulated bag with cool pack. Pack measured amount of powder separately. Mix when baby needs a feed. Read more about how to bottle-feed.

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