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Baby Bottle Feeding 101

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Moving from nursing to baby bottles to formula feed your baby will give you much to ponder. Initially, you will need to learn how to sterilise baby bottles and equipment and to make up a bottle for a feed. Additionally, you will need to know how to actually give your baby the bottle, frequency and manage when you're not present.

This guide to bottle feeding will help to start.

Is it necessary to sterilise baby bottles?

Yes, sterilise all the feeding equipment before you feed the baby. Sterilising will kill micro organisms that harbour in baby bottles and equipment.

First, wash all bottles, teats, vents, retaining rings and caps in clean, hot, soapy water and then sterilise them. This is required every time you use them for feeding.

To sterilise your baby's feeding equipment, you will need an electric steam steriliser, or a microwave steriliser, or you can use sterilising solution tablets. You can also boil the bottles and teats in a covered pan for at least 10 minutes to sterilise them.

How do I make up formula milk?

To make up a bottle of powdered formula, follow the instructions on the packet carefully. Here's what you'll need to do:

  • Boil tap water and leave it to cool for no longer than half an hour.
  • Pour the required measurement of water into the bottle.
  • Add the correct number of scoops to the baby bottle with the scoop provided, using a clean knife to level it off.
  • Put on the teat and cover and give the bottle a good shake until all the powder has dissolved. This method of dissolving the formula with Dr Brown's bottles is not advised. You need to mix it PRIOR to filling the Dr Brown bottle as the liquid will flow out of the vent.
  • Test the temperature by tipping a little milk out of the teat onto the inside of your arm. It should feel just warm, not hot - Goldilocks temperature; just right.

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