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What Equipment Do I Need?

There are lots of different types of equipment you can buy for formula feeding, but it can be really hard to know what to choose. Really, all you need is bottles and something to sterilise them with. There's no evidence that one type of bottle or teat is better than any other, so just go with what feels right for you and your baby.

Breastmilk is the most natural food for your baby. If you have chosen to formula feed, it is important that you always prepare your baby's bottle feeds safely.

To make formula feeding as easy as possible you will need;

  • At least six bottles
  • At least six teats
  • Formula milk
  • Sterilising equipment
  • Like most baby equipment, there are lots of different brands of bottles on the market. Try not to be overwhelmed,  there is no research that suggests one brand of bottle or teats is better than another. You can try a few different types out and see what works best for you and your baby. 

    There are specially designed bottles if you think that your baby is struggling with bottle feeding. Please ask your health visitor for more advice around these.





  • There are several ways you can sterilise your baby's bottles.

    These include:

    • Steam sterilising machines.
    • Boiling water.
    • Cold water sterilising solution.

    *Click here* to find out more about how to sterilise your babies bottles.



  • Some people decide to use formula preparation machines (perfect prep) to save time on making up a bottle.

    The NHS advises against using one of these machines. This is because they deliver a small shot of very hot water and then add cool water to make up the rest of the feed. This is not the best way to kill the bacteria in formula milk. The Food Standards Agency recommends using cooled, boiled water above 70 degrees centigrade to make up infant formula,

    *Click here* to find out how to prepare your babies formula feed.

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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