All babies benefit from responsive feeding whether you choose to formula or breast feed.
Responsive bottle feeding means that all babies like to be held close to the body, have eye contact with their mother or father when feeding and like to feed at their own individual pace.
You can ask your midwife or health visitor about responsive feeding, formula milk and bottle feeding or please do call into your Children's Centre or breastfeeding group for information and support.
The NHS and many charities have produced more information on formula milks and formula feeding to help you decide how to feed your baby.
The information listed here is independently reviewed and none of the links below are from commercial organisations advertising their products.
Making up and storing formula feeds
Even when powdered infant formula are sealed, they can sometimes contain harmful bacteria that could make your baby ill. It is important to make up feeds one at a time, with hot water and to store them correctly.
For information about bottle feeding, including safe preparation and storage please see
NHS Guide to bottle feeding
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See NHS Choices for more information on making up infant formula
What formula to choose?
If you are giving your baby infant formula, FIRST INFANT FORMULA (whey-based), is the only formula they will need in the first year. It doesn’t matter which brand you use they are all very similar.
> Read UNICEF UK Baby Friendly's What Infant Formula to Choose
First Steps Nutrition Trust's simple guide to infant milks provides a summary of which infant milks are suitable for use across the first 2 years of life.
> Read Infant milks: a simple guide to infant formula, follow-on formula and other infant milks