There are a few important guidelines to remember when feeding your baby using bottles, using expressed breast milk or infant formula. You will need a number of bottles and teats, as well as sterilising equipment. There is no evidence that one type of teat or bottle is better than any other.
Make sure your bottles and teats are sterilised. If you’re using infant formula, pay close attention to the instructions on the packet when you make up the feed. When feeding, keep the teat full of milk, otherwise your baby will take in air. Hold your baby fairly upright for feeds, with their head supported so that they can breathe and swallow comfortably.
When your baby does not want any more feed, hold them upright and gently rub or pat their back to bring up any wind. Don’t forget to throw away any unused formula or breast milk after the feed. If you think your baby might be allergic to infant formula, talk to your GP. They can prescribe special formula feeds called extensively hydrolysed protein feeds.