Bottle feeding

You can find lots of information about how to feed your baby safely using formula in this this booklet from NHS Scotland.  We’ve put some of the important parts below to make them easier to find:

What equipment do I need?  Go to page 4

What do I need to do for safe bottle feeding?  There is a step-by-step guide on page 36.

How do I feed my baby if I am away or out and about?  Have a look at page 28.

How much formula should I give my baby?  Some babies need more than others – page 25 gives info on this.

How you do the feeding is also important, so here are some tips to make sure it goes well.

And here are some other things that people ask about:

How can I tell that formula feeding is going well?

How do I know if my baby is hungry?

Can I still bond with my baby if I am bottle feeding?


Finally, although we are all advised that breastfeeding is best for both mother and baby, many mums make an informed choice not to.  Parents can feel guilty about this – if this is so, you may like to look at this page

Frequently asked questions about formula milk, including:

  • what formula to use
  • concerns about allergies
  • information about bringing up feeds and diarrhea
  • bonding with your baby during bottle feeding
  • crying and sleeping problems
  • vegetarian and Halal milks