Although exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of life there may be times when it is not possible for your baby to receive breastmilk or you feel that it is not the right option for you. If this is the case, the best alternative is infant formula. Some important things to think about are:
- Which type of formula to choose.
- Feeding your baby when they show signs of being hungry, rather than by the clock.
- How to clean, rinse and sterilise all feeding equipment.
- How to make up a feed, using freshly boiled water.
You will find all this information in the NHS/Dept of Health leaflet Guide to Bottlefeeding. It will also give you information on combining formula feeding with breastfeeding and on re-starting breastfeeding if this is something you might like to consider.