Useful information on making up formula milk for a bottle feed for your baby.
Before making up a feed for your baby you should wash your hands thoroughly, make sure that the equipment has been fully sterilised and check that the work surface is clean.
It is important to follow the measurements specified by the manufacturer exactly when making a feed, this will help to prevent your baby from becoming ill.
When making up a bottle feed using formula milk you should....
- Boil fresh water (to at least 70 degrees C) and let it cool for no more than half an hour before making up a feed
- Add the water to the bottle first. Check that you are using the correct amount by looking at the water level in the bottle.
- Take a scoop of milk powder, level it off using a knife (being careful not to compress it) and then add it to the bottle.
- Always use the scoop provided by the manufacturer and add the exact number of scoops specified on the packaging.
- Place the teat on the neck of the bottle, fix it in place using the retaining ring and cover with the lid.
- Shake the mixture until the powder has completely dissolved.
- Test the temperature of the milk - if it is too warm you can hold the bottle under a cold tap for a few minutes to cool it.
- You should then feed the formula milk to your baby immediately.
Current guidelines suggest that it is unsafe to make up a feed for your baby in advance. If you are going out for the day you should fill a flask with boiled water and only combine it with the formula milk powder just before your baby needs a feed. This will help to minimise the risk of your baby being exposed to any harmful bacteria.