Formula Feeding

However you choose to feed your baby, we want to be sure you get the best up to date information and support.

Formula feeding

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

First Steps Nutrition Trust

First Steps Nutrition Trust provides evidence-based information and resources about the importance of good nutrition from pre-conception to 5 years.  The Trust offer independent information on the composition of formula milks currently sold in the UK

First Steps Nutrition has produced a guide for parents and a guide for health professionals giving information about types of infant milks commonly available in the UK

National Childbirth Trust
The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) is a charity providing families with accurate, impartial information, so that they can decide what’s best for their family, and introduce them to a network of local parents to gain practical and emotional support. 
NCT provides helpful information on many topics, including mixed feeding and bottle feeding.
Click here to read about bottle feeding
Kelly Mom

The Kelly Mom website was developed to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding and parenting by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). 

Click here to read how to bottle feed the breastfed baby