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Bottle feeding information

If you are preparing bottle feeds for your baby, RBHFT suggest that you follow the Department of Health Start4Life guidelines closely.  You can can download “Guide to bottle Feeding” booklet Department of Health Start 4 Life and the First Steps/Unicef Baby friendly guidance on "What infant formula to choose".

Information on infant formula can be found at:

Information for parents on bottle feeding

Using formula - use any brand make sure it's "First milk".

The composition of all infant formula and follow-on formula in the UK is strictly controlled under The Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (England) regulations. This means the core ingredients of all formulas are identical.

Families in receipt of Universal Credit are entitled to Healthy Start vouchers.

Guidance on infant formula

The Chief Medical Officer and Director for Public Health Nursing in England have written to health professionals to restate existing guidance on preparing infant formula following some recent public debate about preparing formula at a temperature below 70°C.

"We would like to reiterate that the position of the Department of Health and the Food Standards Agency is, that it is best practice to make up infant feeds by reconstituting formula powder using water at a temperature of 70°C or above. This guidance is in line with World Health Organization recommendations and aims to ensure that the potential microbiological risks associated with these products are kept to a minimum."

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