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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 breastmilk, 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. Infant formula is suitable from birth when babies are not breastfed.

Follow-on milk is only for babies over 6 months, as part of a mixed diet and should not be used as a breastmilk substitute before 6 months. If you wish to use this product before 6 months, we advise that you consult your healthcare professional. It is recommended that all formula milks be used on the advice of a doctor, midwife, health visitor, public health nurse, dietitian, pharmacist or other professional responsible for maternal and child care, based on baby’s individual needs


Which method should I use?

There are a number of safe ways to sterilise your baby’s bottles.

  • Steam: Electric steamers sterilise bottles in 8 - 12 minutes. They leave no unpleasant smell or taste, but are not suitable for all equipment (breast-pumps, for example). Make sure the openings of the bottles and teats are facing downwards in the steriliser. You can now buy bottles that you simply place in the microwave and heat for 90 seconds. Or you can buy a steamer that fits in your microwave.
  • Boiling: To sterilise a bottle by boiling takes 10 minutes. The pan you’re using must only ever be used for sterilising your baby’s feeding equipment, and be warned that teats wear out more quickly if boiled.
  • Cold water: Using a non-toxic sterilisation tablet takes around 30 minutes and is highly effective; it can touch the skin and even be swallowed with no ill-effects. You can use a specially designed sterilisation unit or just a clean bucket or container, weighing the bottles down with a heavy plate to make sure they’re fully submerged. The bottles can stay sterilised in the water for up to 24 hours. Make sure there are no air bubbles in the bottles or teats and rinse them with pre-boiled water before making up feeds.
bottle steriliser

Tips for sterilisation

  • Use a sterilised bottle, cap and teat for every feed.
  • Before sterilising, wash bottles, rings and teats thoroughly with hot soapy water and a bottle brush to clean away any remaining milk. Turn teats inside out and make sure holes are not blocked.
  • Once sterilised any equipment not used straight away should be re-sterilised before using.
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