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How to bottle feed

WebMD Medical Reference
Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks

Breastfeeding is recommended as the best food for a baby for at least the first six months. However, if the baby needs to be bottle-fed – here are some tips:

  • Fill the kettle with tap water, then boil it. Allow the water to cool until lukewarm.
  • Pour the lukewarm, boiled water into a sterile bottle to the specified level.
  • Using the scoop provided, measure the exact amount of powder. Level off with a clean, dry knife. Add the powder to the water, following the instructions on the packet.
  • Once the powder is in, screw on the teat and then place the cap on the bottle. Shake it until the powder is dissolved. Drop a little milk onto your wrist to ensure it is no hotter than lukewarm.
  • Sit comfortably and cradle your baby in your arms with his head semi-upright. Keep the bottle tilted so that the teat is full of milk - this will also stop him taking in air, and may help to reduce colic.
  • If the teat flattens during the feed, gently draw it out of your baby's mouth to release the vacuum before continuing.
  • Burp your baby if he stops for a rest, or wait until he's had enough milk. Do this by gently rubbing his back. Never reheat an unfinished bottle of milk - always throw any leftover milk away.


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Reviewed on April 21, 2017

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