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Feeding Out & About

Its best to make a fresh formula feed when your baby needs it. This is because bacteria can grow in formula milk when it’s stored, even if that’s in the fridge.

But sometimes you will have to feed your baby away from your home. The easiest way of doing this is to use ready-to-feed infant formula milk with an empty sterilised feeding bottle. However, if you are using powdered infant formula you need to make sure that you prepare it safely to avoid your baby getting sick.

  • If you are planning on making up a fresh feed you will need to do a little preparation before you leave. You will need to make sure you have;

    • A measured amount of formula powder in a small, clean and dry container.
    • A vacuum flask of hot water that's just been boiled.
    • An empty sterilised feeding bottle with cap and retaining ring in place.

    When your baby is ready to have their bottle you can make up a fresh feed with the hot water. The water must still be hot (above 70°C) when you use it, to remove any bacteria that could be in the formula powder.

    Remember to cool the bottle (with the lid on) under cold running water. Always test the milk temperature on the inside of your wrist before you feed it to your baby.

  • Ready to feed liquid formula

    You could use a carton of ready-to-feed liquid baby formula when you're away from home. This is easy, but can be quite expensive if done regularly. Once they are open they must be stored in the fridge straight away and used within 24 hours.

    Pre prepared feeds from home

    You can prepare a regular feed at home, let it cool and put it back in the fridge for an hour. Take the formula out just before you leave and transport it in a cool bag with an ice pack and use within four hours. Use within two hours if you do not have access to a fridge or cool bag. Be careful not to exceed the these times as it could make your baby unwell. 

    For more information on how to pre prepared a feed at home *click here*.



Who Can Help?

If your baby is less than 28 days old you can contact your local midwifery team or you can contact the Healthy Child Programme at any time following your baby's birth by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590.

Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays. Norfolk Healthy Child Programme has a team of infant feeding champions who can contact you by video call/telephone initially to discuss your questions and refer you to further help if required. All of our staff are trained to Unicef standards to provide you with the best possible feeding support and advice.

*Click here* to read the Essential Guide to Feeding & Caring for your Baby. 

If you would like to make connections with other parents please click on the links for our Just One Norfolk Community Forum; the Norfolk Community Directory and Early Childhood & Family Service (ECFS) below


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