What can your baby drink?
Babies can drink breast milk or formula or a combination of both breast milk and formula.
- Babies who are formula fed can also have cooled boiled water at any age.
- Babies who are breastfed can have cooled boiled water from around 6 months.
Babies under 12 months should not drink cow’s milk as the main drink because:
- they can’t process the protein and salt well
- It can cause their blood to be low in iron.
Small amounts of cow’s milk can be mixed with baby’s food.
Never give your baby sweet drinks
- Never give your baby sweet drinks such as soft drinks, flavored milk, juice or cordial.
- Sweet drinks can reduce the intake of breast milk or formula and can cause tooth decay and weight problems
Things you should know when preparing your baby’s formula
- Wash your hands.
- Use a clean work space.
- Boil clean water for 30 seconds and let it cool to room temperature.
- Pour the right amount of cooled boiled water into a sterilized bottle.
- Use the scoop provided to add the right amount of formula.
- Follow the instructions on the formula tin
- Don’t add anything else.
- Heat the bottle in a container of warm water.
- Shake the bottle well to make sure the heat is spread evenly.
- Always check the temperature of the formula before giving it to baby. Pour a few drops on unbroken skin on the inside of your wrist. The milk should feel warm, not hot.
- Do not use a microwave to heat up formula as this can make the milk too hot and can burn your baby’s mouth.
- Formula should be made up just before baby’s feed.
- Extra bottles can be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
- Throw out any unused formula after 24 hours.
- Bottle feeding is a chance to cuddle up with your baby.
- Baby can have formula cold or warm.
- Propping up and giving baby a bottle can lead to choking and ear infections.
- Throw away any formula left in the bottle.
- Re-using formula can make baby sick.
Cleaning bottles and teats
- Sterilizing bottles and teats kills germs.
- Wash bottles and teats in warm soapy water and rinse off detergent and bubbles.
- Sterilize bottles and teats. Choose a method for sterilization such as boiling.