A bottle can be used to feed a baby breast milk and formula.
- Choose a teat to suit the age of the baby – the flow of milk will vary depending on their age.
- Sterilize bottles and teats
- Always wash hands before preparing a bottle feed.
- Wash all equipment in warm soapy water using a bottle brush and rinse with cold water.
- Sterilize equipment either by boiling in a saucepan for 10 minutes, using a microwave or electric sterilizer, or a chemical solution.
- Warm bottle to room temperature.
- Don’t use a microwave as it can cause ‘hot spots’ in the milk that may burn your baby’s mouth.
- Always test the warmed bottle on your forearm before giving it to baby.
- Cradle your baby in your arm when feeding so you and your baby are comfortable.
- Never leave a baby with a bottle unattended as this could cause choking and tooth decay.
- Always replace any damaged cracked bottles or teats straight away.
- Throw away any unused milk (breast and formula), as it is unsafe to reheat due to risk of growing bacteria.