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Preparing a bottle feed

A handy 3-minute video guide to preparing the perfect bottlefeed by weaning expert extraordinaire Nicola Joseph...

So your main aims of making up baby’s bottles is to make sure that you give them a germ free, sterilized bottle and to make sure you’ve made up the feed properly and that you’ve mixed it properly so that baby can have a proper bottle feed. Here the M&B TV talk you through the process.

Mum 1 says: "I’ve got Ben’s bottles here from yesterday which I need to clean and sterilize. Some of the tricky areas I find milk can catch is sometimes at the bottom but also in the neck of the bottle. So, just use the bottle brush and just give it a good scrub. So, I am just rinsing them to get rid of a lot of the bubbles and then I use a cold water sterilizer. So, this is a tub of cold water here and I’ve literally just popped a tablet in so that would keep this water sterile now for 24 hours."

Nicola says: So you make sure you sterilize all of your bottles, wash your hands before you do anything, then boil your kettle, leave the water to cool for no more than 30 minutes.

Mum 2 says: "OK the steamer’s finished now, its cooled down a little bit, washed my hands so I’m ready to go and make Sophia’s bottles. The lid will sit on the surface which makes it sterile, obviously it’s just come out of the steamer so it’s a nice place to put the bottles on. I get the bottle out, I put it on the top of the lid so it makes it a bit nice and flat so it’s the perfect place to pour the kettle in, the water because it’s nice and flat. The I make a 6oz bottle, just make sure I’ve got the right amount, okay so I’ve filled it up to the 6oz level, now I’m going to get Sophia’s milk and it’s 60z so I need 6 scoops of the milk, there’s a little level in there so you can flatten off the top of the milk for, you know, getting the right amount going into the bottle. So that’s one, two, three … I find counting it out aloud does help… four, five, six… because you find as they increase the amounts and if you get distracted you do lose count. Right I’ll get my tongs to pick up the teet, to put on to the bottle, put the lid on and then give it a nice shake to make sure all the milk mixes with the water nicely and then that will be ready for Sophia’s feed."

Important notice: Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, you eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your breastmilk.

Reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. Always consult your doctor, midwife or health visitor for advice about feeding your baby. If you use an infant formula milk, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for correct bottle preparation.

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