Directions for Bottle Preparation

Feeding your baby

Always wash hands before preparing formula and ensure that the formula is prepared in a clean area.

   

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Wash bottles, teats and caps, and knife. Sterilise
by boiling for five minutes or using an approved sterilising agent. Note: We recommend you wash and sterilise all feeding equipment until baby is at least 3 months old. When baby is older, thorough washing in hot water is sufficient.

Boil fresh water and allow to cool until luke warm. Note: Boil water until baby is at least 3 months old
if using town supply water. Bore-water & tank water should be boiled before use until baby is 18
months old.

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Read the instructions and check the amount of water and formula powder required as shown on the feeding table on the back of pack.

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Pour the correct amount of previously boiled water into a sterilised bottle (always add water BEFORE the powder).

 

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Fill the measuring scoop with formula powder and level off, using the back of a sterilised knife. Take care to add the correct number of scoops to the water in the bottle. If using a sachet, add water to bottle as above, then tear open sachet or cut with clean scissors and pour powder into the bottle.

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Place the teat and cap on the bottle and shake it until the powder dissolves. We recommend that you only prepare one bottle at a time and that you prepare it as close as possible to feeding time.

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Test the temperature of the milk with a few drops on the inside of your wrist. It should feel just warm, but cool is better than too hot. Cool under a running cold tap if necessary.

Feeding Baby. Any formula left at the end of the feed must be discarded.

  

Important

  • Never add more or less powder to the water than recommended. This could make your baby sick.
  • Never use the scoop of another type of formula as the measures may differ.
  • Never pack down the powder or use heaped scoops.
  • Never use your finger to level the powder as it may contaminate formula.
  • Never add anything else to the formula feed (e.g. tea, sugar, baby cereal).
  • Prepare only one bottle at a time.
  • Always discard any milk left over at the end of a feed.
  • If you have to prepare a bottle in advance (e.g. for a babysitter) keep the prepared bottle in the back of the fridge (4°C) for a maximum of 12 hours. Ideally shorter times are better.
  • Infants over the age of six months should be offered foods in addition to formula.