How to move on from breastfeeding
This is a marathon, not a sprint, so take it slow. If you’re ready to move on from breastfeeding, remember that it’s not going to happen overnight. It will take some time for you and your baby to adjust to a new feeding routine.
Try combination feeding
To get your body and your baby used to bottle feeding you can try combination feeding first. This involves feeding your baby from your breast and the bottle, using either expressed breast milk or formula.
Prepare for changes
As you stop breastfeeding your milk supply will reduce and eventually stop, making the decision to bottle feed a decision that is difficult to reverse.
Breastfeeding provides many health benefits for the both of you. But remember, how you feed your baby is your decision.
How to prepare a bottle of formula milk
Sterilise bottles and teats
To prevent a poorly tummy, always sterilise your bottle and teat before you prepare formula milk. You can do this by using cold water sterilising solution, steam sterilising or boiling. If you choose to buy a home steriliser then simply follow the instructions specific to that appliance.
Pour fresh tap water into the kettle and flick it on. Once it’s boiled, leave to cool for no longer than 30 minutes. Don’t use bottled water to prepare formula milk.
Always follow the dosing chart on the product label when adding formula powder scoops to the water. Level each scoop off with the back of a clean knife and don't press the powder down.
Now put the lid on the bottle tightly and shake vigorously, as if you were shaking up your favourite cocktail until the powder is completely dissolved.
Before you offer your baby the bottle, test the temperature on the inside of your wrist first. This will prevent giving your baby milk that is too hot which could scald them. Remember to never heat up milk in the microwave as this can create hot spots of milk which could burn your baby’s mouth.
Throw away any leftovers
Look out for your baby's "I'm full" signs, this could be pulling away from the teat or falling asleep. If your baby hasn't drunk the full bottle then throw the leftovers away; don't offer it again later because harmful bacteria could develop.
Clean and repeat
After you have fed your baby and they're feeling content, wash the bottle, lid and teat thoroughly in warm soapy water before rinsing and sterilising.
How much formula should I give?
Your baby’s appetite will change as they develop, but generally you should expect them to feed little and often throughout the day and night. Follow the dosing instructions on the formula milk’s product label when you prepare bottles. If you are concerned about your baby’s feeding needs speak to your midwife or GP for advice.
Can I prepare bottles in advance?
We know it’s great to feel prepared, but to avoid your baby getting an upset tummy we would always recommend preparing feeds as they are needed.
Follow the preparation instructions on the formula’s product label and use within one hour.
How do I prepare formula when I'm out of the house?
If you need to prepare a feed on the go then pre-boil fresh tap water in the kettle and pour it into a sterilised thermos flask. You can pre-measure out the correct scoops of formula powder and store it in a dry sealed container.
Once you are ready to make up the feed, try to heat up the pre-boiled water using a bottle warmer or a bowl of hot water to stand the bottle in. Once warmed to 40°C, add the pre-measured powder and shake it up.
Make sure it’s safe to offer to your baby by testing the temperature on the inside of your wrist before feeding.
Important advice for you
Breastfeeding gives your baby the best start in life. The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of your baby’s life, followed by continued breastfeeding together with complementary foods.
Breastmilk promotes your baby’s sensory and cognitive development, it protects your baby against infectious and chronic diseases and can help your baby to recover quicker during illness.
Unlike infant milks, breastfeeding also contributes to your health and well-being, reducing the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer. It can also build a strong emotional bond between you and your baby.
Breastfeeding is safe for the environment. You should also consider the social and financial implications of using infant milk. It is important for you to eat a healthy, balanced diet during your pregnancy and as you breastfeed. Combining breastfeeding and bottle feeding may reduce your breast milk supply and it may be difficult to reverse the decision not to breastfeed.
Please take advice from your healthcare professional before using Baby & Me Organic. If you do choose to use our products, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions very carefully as incorrect preparation may make your baby ill.
The content provided in this article is for information purposes only and should not be regarded as medical advice. Please consult a doctor, midwife or healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns about your or your child’s health.