Breastfeeding is best for babies

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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.

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Understanding formula milk

Understanding formula milk header Formula and function

SUMMARY

Formula milks are designed to support each stage of your baby’s growth and development. Find out more about what formula milk is composed of, the different formats it’s available in, choosing which one is right for your baby, special formula milks that are available for specific dietary needs, and how to prepare formula milks correctly.

Formula milk is made with cows’ milk and is specially tailored to meet a baby’s nutritional needs with the addition of vitamins, minerals and LCP’s. It usually comes as a powder, ready to be mixed with boiled water and given in a bottle. Ready-made feeds are also available and can be useful if you’re on the go and for during the night.

Choosing a baby milk

Formula milks are usually categorised by age or nutritional needs. Infant formula (0−6 months) is either ‘whey dominant’ or ‘casein dominant’. It’s best to start with a whey-based formula milk and see how your baby gets on.

Infant Milk

Designed for newborns, these whey dominant milks are usually labelled 'suitable from birth' or 'first milk'

Follow On milk

At around 6 months, a 'follow on milk' can be used to complement a weaning diet by providing the nutrients your baby needs while introducing new foods.

Growing Up milk

Suitable from 12 months, these milks are designed to meet your toddler's nutritional needs, complementing their diet as they enter a more active phase of life

Hungry Milks

For hungrier babies there are formula milks containing proteins which form a thicker curd in the stomach. These are usually labelled 'hungry' or 'for hungry babies'.

Special Milks

There are also formula milks available that are specially designed for preterm babies, babies with feeding problems such as colic, constipation and lactose intolerance, or those with a cows' milk protein allergy. If you’re concerned about any of these conditions, ask your healthcare professional for advice.

Preparing formula milk

Powdered milk is not sterile, so it’s important to follow this guide to safe preparation.

  • Always follow the instructions on the pack – some baby formulas have different preparation methods to others.
  • Use fresh tap water that has been boiled – hot enough to kill any bacteria. Let it cool for 30 minutes before using it.
  • Prepare a fresh bottle for each feed and throw away anything that’s left over, as bacteria can breed quickly at room temperature.
  • Wash and sterilise all feeding equipment before use.


Last reviewed: 28th July 2014

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