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Infant Feeding During the Covid 19 Outbreak

Good hygiene habits are important and will keep the risks to your baby as low as possible whilst they are being fed.

Wash your hands frequently; it is a very good way of protecting yourself and your baby.

Breastfeeding is one of the best ways of protecting your baby from many illnesses so keep going! 

However you feed your baby, being held and spoken to while they feed is really important for their development and their relationship with you. Follow the hygiene guidelines and keep holding and having skin to skin time with your little one.

  • Advice is changing quickly so make sure you keep up to date with current advice. *Click Here* for up to date information.

    If you have been diagnosed with or have the symptoms of the virus (*Click Here*), or have been in close contact with someone who has, or may have the virus, try not to panic. There is advice to help you keep the risks as low as possible.

    When breast or bottle feeding your baby it is advised that you;

    • Wash your hands before touching your baby, breast pump or bottles.
    • Try and avoid coughing or sneezing on your baby while feeding.
    • If you think you have any symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, wear a face mask if you can.
    • Don’t share any feeding / breastpump equipment. Clean and sterilise all equipment with care after each use.

    If you are feeling very unwell you ask could someone who is well to feed your baby, either with formula or expressed breast milk.


  • ‘Panic buying’ has meant that some formula milk brands have been in short supply. To ensure parents are able to purchase baby formula Cow and Gate and Aptimal are both allowing parents to purchase formula directly from them online. Parents are allowed to purchase 2 boxes of formula per week.

    Local stores, pharmacies and corner shops may have more stock than the main supermarkets. You could also ask friends and family to keep an eye out for your preferred brand.

    Pharmacies will order products for their customers if asked. Speak to them and they should be able to order two cans to arrive within two working days. 

    Using a different formula brand

    Your baby will not be harmed by using a different brand of formula suitable for their age. All baby formulas in the United Kingdom reach the quality standards required for babies. All milks will provide the nutrition your baby needs.

    Do not pay huge prices for your usual milk from internet sellers. Don't feel you have to travel long distances to find your usual formula milk.

    • Use what is available until the supply chain settles down, this will happen soon. There will be new rules limiting people on how much of each product they can buy and manufacturers say there is plenty of milk to restock.
    • If you are using follow on formula for a baby older than 6 months and cannot access this, then use first infant formula.
    • If you are using other milks such as anti-reflux milk, comfort milk, etc. and can’t access these, then use first infant formula.

  • Do not water down the milk you have left to make it last - this could harm your baby. 

    Local stores, pharmacies and corner shops may have more stock than the main supermarkets have. Many pharmacies will order products for their customers if asked. Speak to them if you are worried. You could also ask friends and family to keep an eye out for your preferred brand.

    You can also use a different brand of milk, this won't harm your baby.

Who Can Help?

If you are worried or need support with feeding you baby, you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

You can speak to other Norfolk parents and carers by clicking our online community forum below. 


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