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Bottle-feeding and formula

Bottle-feeding and formula. Talk to a health worker; no cow's milk before 1 year; no bottle in bed.
  • Talk with a midwife, nurse, doctor or health worker about using formula.

  • Only breastmilk or formula in bottle before 12 months. No cow’s milk. No water before six months for fully breastfed babies.

  • No bottle in bed. Don’t leave baby alone with bottle.


How to prepare formula

Wash, scrub and boil bottles; keep formula dry; follow instructions on the tin.
  • Wash your hands. Wash and scrub bottles. Boil bottles in large pot for five minutes.

  • Keep formula dry. Don’t wash the scoop.

  • Follow instructions on the tin. Be careful to add the right amount of water and powder.


How to use and store formula

Do not re-use leftover formula in the bottle; keep bottled formula in fridge for 1 day only; make formula as needed when travelling.
  • Throw out made-up formula if it has been at room temperature for one hour or more.

  • Keep freshly made-up formula in the fridge for one day only.

  • When travelling, bring cool, boiled water. Also bring formula powder. Mix water and powder when ready to feed.

  • Last updated or reviewed 05-06-2018
  • Acknowledgements This resource was developed by Raising Children Network in collaboration with Black Wattle Consulting.