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If you have chosen to bottle feed your baby, here are some tips on bottle feeding to help get you started.

First infant formula milk is made from cow’s milk and is suitable for new-born babies up to one year of age, unless your GP or health visitor advised you differently.


  • Babies age one year and over can drink whole cow’s milk
  • Babies six months and over may have whole cow’s milk only when used in cooking and food preparation
  • Formula milks can be bought in ready to feed cartons, which is already sterilised
  • Powdered infant formula is not sterile and guidelines need to be followed to make these feeds up
  • Hungry baby milks contain more Casein and should be used only in some circumstances, as they are harder for the baby to digest
  • Follow on milks are only suitable for babies over six months, but regular formula can continue to be used up to one year


Milks that should not be given to babies under one year are as follows:

  • Rice, oat or almond milk
  • Soya milk
  • Goat’s milk
  • Sheep’s milk
  • Dried milk
  • Evaporated milk
  • Condensed milk


For more information go to How to Make a Formula Feed

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Your guide to breastfeeding
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