Bottle-feeding in hospital
What you'll need to pack if
Whether you are planning to formula feed or express your breast milk from birth, or just want to be prepared for every possible situation, it is good to explore the various bottles and teats available, as well as potential
Get the support you need, the moment you need it
Not all maternity units have baby milk and feeding equipment available, so if you’re planning to formula feed or express your breast milk for bottle-feeding, it’s important to check whether you need to bring your own supplies. If you’re planning to formula feed and the hospital you’re attending does provide milk, ask whether it’s the same type as you are intending to use at home. If not, you may want to bring your own to ensure your baby gets used to your preferred brand of milk from the start.
Formula feeding: Preparing the first feed
Some – but not all – hospitals will teach you how to make up your baby’s first bottle-feed. It’s your chance to ask any questions you might have so that you can feel confident when it comes to sterilising bottles and preparing feeds at home.
Using the right teat
When it comes to
Many of the teats available are made from silicone, but some babies find these difficult to feed
Your baby’s needs change constantly as they develop, so bear in mind that you might need to change bottles and teats during the early months to keep them feeding comfortably.
If you bottle-feed your baby in
Add these items to your shopping list:
- Silicone or orthodontic teats
- Small bottles (120ml/4oz), possibly wide-neck (these are less messy to fill)
- If formula feeding, your choice of infant milk
Watch our short video on preparing a bottle-feed
Last reviewed: 28th July 2014
Questions about feeding and nutrition?
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