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.
● 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.