- Check that the milk is lukewarm.
- Sit in a safe, comfortable position
- Make sure the bottle teat is full of milk.
Check the bottle temperature
Make sure the milk is lukewarm. It should feel warm to the touch and not hot. Hot bottles can cause burns and scalds.
Check the temperature by shaking the bottle and placing a drop of liquid on the inside of your wrist. Do this before you give the bottle to your baby.
A formula-feed bottle will need to be cooled down after being made. Cool the feed quickly by holding the bottle under cold running water or place in a large bowl of cold water. Make sure the water does not reach the neck of the bottle.
If using a bottle that has been prepared in advance, warm it by placing it in a bowl of warm water. Make sure that the level of the water is below the neck of the bottle. You can also use a bottle warmer. Do not warm it for more than 15 minutes.
Sit in a position that is comfortable for you and your baby.
Always hold your baby in your arms and hold the bottle in your hand.
Never leave your baby to drink a bottle on their own.
Never prop or lean the bottle against a:
- self-feeding pillow
- any another support
Doing this could cause your baby to choke.
Make sure that you are sitting comfortably. Hold your baby close to you and look into their eyes when feeding. This helps the baby feel safe and loved.