Boots WebMD Partners in Health
Return To Boots

Newborn & baby health centre


NHS ChoicesMedical Reference

NHS Choices Logo

How you are going to feed your newborn baby is an important decision that should ideally be made before your baby is born. 

Today, most women in England are choosing to breastfeed as there are health benefits for both mother and child.

However, in cases where breastfeeding is not possible, bottle feeding using either expressed breast milk or infant formula milk can be a useful option.

Before deciding to bottle feed your baby you should discuss it with your GP or midwife.

It is important to be aware that if you begin to bottle feed your baby, it can be difficult to switch to breastfeeding if you later decide to change your feeding method.

For more information about bottle feeding, including how to sterilise bottles and store breast milk, overcoming common bottle-feeding problems, and how to make up infant formula, visit the Birth to five section on bottle feeding.

Medical Review: September 29, 2010

Children's health newsletter

Tips to inspire healthy habits
Sign Up Now!

WebMD Video: Now Playing

How to change your baby

How to change your baby

Changing time? Watch how to change your baby’s nappy like a pro!

Popular Slideshows & Tools on Boots WebMD

woman looking at pregnancy test
Early pregnancy symptoms
donut on plate
The truth about sugar addiction
woman holding hair
Natural help for dry or damaged hair
woman in bikini
Get ready for swimsuit season
hand extinguishing cigarette
13 best tips to stop smoking
Immune-boosting foods
The role of diet
18 secrets men want you to know
boy looking at broccoli
Quick tips for feeding picky eaters
hamburger and fries
A guide for beginners
salmon dinner
A diet to boost your mood & energy
polka dot dress on hangar
Lose weight without dieting