Formula feeding

Choosing how you feed your baby is a really important decision! If you want to consider formula feeding your baby, ask your midwife or other maternity carer for information to help you make an informed choice. The page links below provide information about infant formula. Each page begins with a short video followed by key messages in English and 9 other languages. More detailed information follows at the bottom of each page. You might like to start by watching the video on the page Understanding feeding choice before birth.

Choosing how you feed your baby is a really important decision!

Skin to skin contact between you and your baby is beneficial to you both at any time. It is particularly important immediately following birth, no matter whether you intend to breastfeed or formula feed.

You will need feeding bottles and teats with caps, collars and sealing discs.You will also need a bottle brush and a teat brush, kitchen tongs, and sterilising equipment (necessary for the first 3 months).

It is fine to choose any 'from birth' formula that suits your budget. There is no independent evidence to suggest that any company's milk is better for your baby.

Washing and sterilising of feeding equipment is very important. It is also very important to have clean hands when handling feeding equipment or preparing formula.

Infant formula powder is not sterile. Handle and store prepared formula with care to keep it safe for baby.

Your baby's age, how much they weigh, the time of day, their activity level and their rate of growth can all affect your baby's formula needs. The formula tin will list general guidelines.

Holding your baby close while you are feeding them is an opportunity to give love and cuddles.

When your baby is hungry, they will show signs of nuzzling, hand-sucking, or mouthing (opening their mouth and turning their head).

Check out the ways you can tell if your baby is getting enough milk. Your midwife or Well Child nurse will also help you to recognise these signs, and make sure your baby is feeding effectively.