Breastfeeding is best for babies. It provides all the nutritional health benefits as Mother Nature intended. In preparation for and during breastfeeding, it's important that mums eat a healthy, balanced diet.
Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breast milk, and reversing the decision not to breast feed is difficult. If you're thinking about bottle feeding your baby, always seek professional advice first - from your doctor, midwife or healthcare professional. When using infant formula, you should always follow the manufacturer's instructions for use carefully: unnecessary or improper use may make your baby ill. The social and financial implications, such as convenience and cost to a household over time, should also be considered.
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Specifically formulated for formula fed babies from birth, this is a breast milk substitute and can be used for mixed feeding. This formula is:
|Age||Cooled boiled water||Level scoops of powder*||Number of feeds per day|
|Up to 1 week||50mL||1||7-9|
|1 week to 1 month||100mL||2||6-8|
|1 to 2 months||150mL||3||5-6|
|2 to 4 months||200mL||4||5|
|4 to 6 months||250mL||5||4-5|
|Over 6 months||250mL||5||3-4|
*1 scoop = 7.4g of powder. NOTE: 1 scoop of powder added to 50mL of water yields approximately 55.5mL of formula. This feeding guide is a general guide ONLY; your baby may need more or less than shown.
Wash hands before preparing the feed. Sterilise all utensils by boiling, for 5 minutes, or using an approved steriliser.
Boil safe drinking water and allow to cool. Measure the required volume of cooled, boiled water into a sterilised feeding bottle. Warm to feeding temperature.
Use only the enclosed scoop. Fill scoop lightly; level off using built-in leveller. Avoid compacting powder.
Always add one level scoop of powder for each 50mL of water. Cap the bottle and shake briskly to dissolve the powder.
Test temperature on wrist before feeding. Feed immediately (do not store). Discard unfinished feeds. Prepare each bottle separately.