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Bottle-feeding and Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs


Bottle-feeding and Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

Can I bottle-feed my baby if I have suspected or confirmed coronavirus?

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.

Sterilising equipment: Make sure you sterilise all feeding equipment before use, you should not share bottles with anyone else. See our guide on how to sterilise baby bottles and equipment.

Making up formula feeds: When making formula feeds, carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions.

How should I sterilise my feeding equipment?

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.

What other precautions should I take?

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.