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Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, you eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breast milk, and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. The social and financial implications of using an infant milk should be considered. Improper use of an infant milk or inappropriate foods or feeding methods may present a health hazard. If you use an infant milk, you should follow manufacturer’s instructions for use carefully – failure to follow the instructions may make your baby ill.
Whether you are formula feeding entirely or supplementing your breast milk, formula preparation and handling can be very simple once you understand the basics.
1. Wash hands & equipment
Wash your hands and sterilise all utensils according to manufacturers’ instructions or boil for 10 minutes. After 6 months of age, if you are using a beaker, it is not necessary to sterilise equipment, but ensure everything has been fully cleaned.
2. Boil the water
Boil 1 litre of fresh tap water (not bottled water) and allow to cool for no more than 30 minutes. Do not use artificially softened water or repeatedly boiled water.
3. Pour into the bottle
Carefully pour the correct amount of warm, previously boiled water into the sterilised feeding bottle.
4. Measure out the powder
Fill the enclosed scoop with powder, levelling with the back of a clean, dry, knife. Do not pack down in scoop.
5. Add powder to water
Add one scoop of powder to each 30ml (1fl oz) of water. Only use the scoop provided. Adding too many or too few scoops can be harmful.
6. Cap bottle and shake
Cap the bottle and shake until completely dissolved.
7. Test the temperature
Remove cap, fit a sterilised teat to the bottle, and test the temperature (drops of formula should feel lukewarm on the inside of your wrist). If necessary, add cap and cool by holding under cold running water. Feed immediately.
Please refer to the label of each product for specific instructions