Bot­tle it

Most mums start out breast­feed­ing, but may switch to bot­tle-feed­ing, or they do a mix­ture of both. Here’s the low­down on feed­ing your bub with for­mula.

Pregnancy Life & Style - - YOUR BABY -

● A baby’s im­ma­ture im­mune sys­tem

needs ex­tra pro­tec­tion at first, which is why it’s so im­por­tant to ster­ilise all bot­tles and teats for the first six months at least. There are a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ways you can ster­ilise equip­ment, all with the same end re­sult of killing germs that could be harm­ful to your bub.

● Be­fore mak­ing up a feed,

al­ways wash your hands and en­sure that your prepa­ra­tion area is clean.

● Fill the ket­tle with fresh tap wa­ter

and bring to the boil. Let the wa­ter cool, about 30 min­utes, to a safe tem­per­a­ture. Fol­low­ing the ex­act quan­tity spec­i­fied on the tin, pour the cooled boiled wa­ter into the bot­tle. Us­ing the mea­sur­ing scoop pro­vided in the tin, add the spec­i­fied amount of for­mula to the wa­ter.

● Seal the bot­tle and give it a swirl

first, so the for­mula doesn’t block the teat, then shake the bot­tle to mix the for­mula and wa­ter. Warm the made-up bot­tle of for­mula in a saucepan of hot wa­ter or a bot­tle warmer un­til at room tem­per­a­ture. Avoid us­ing the mi­crowave to do this, as it doesn’t heat evenly and can cre­ate hot spots. Im­me­di­ately use made-up for­mula and dis­card left­overs.

● Trans­port for­mula

and cooled boiled wa­ter in sep­a­rate con­tain­ers then mix as re­quired.

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