Bottle-feeding and Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs
If you have, or think you might have Coronavirus, you should take precautions when bottle-feeding your baby. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds) before touching your baby or your feeding equipment. Try to avoid coughing or sneezing over your baby.
Making up formula feeds: When making formula feeds, carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Sterilising your baby’s bottles and teats until they are at least 12 months old is a very important part of your feeding routine. This will help to protect your baby’s immune system and protect them against infections.
Before sterilising, use soapy water and a bottle brush to wash your feeding equipment and remove milk residue.
After washing, rinse your equipment in cold running water before sterilising.
For step by step instructions on how to sterilise, see our guide on safely sterilising baby bottles and equipment.
There are several ways you can help to protect your baby. You should continue to practice good hygiene, washing hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Take extra care when storing and handling sterilised feeding equipment and minimise the number of people who hold and feed your baby.