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There are a few important guidelines to remember when feeding your baby using bottles, using expressed breast milk or infant formula.
At Kingston we have a high breastfeeding initiation rate and recognise that breastfeeding is the preferred method of feeding in most circumstances.
To protect this we request that women choosing to formula feed bring in their own ready-made stage 1 formula.
The hospital will provide single use sterile bottles and teats as we do not have the facilities to sterilise on site.
Cartons/bottles of ready-made formula will be labelled with name date and time opened and kept in a milk fridge located on the postnatal area. The amount needed can be decanted into the sterile bottle at each feed and the remainder can be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
All women will be given support to feed their babies safely and effectively.
There are different types of milk on the market (e.g first milk, follow on milk etc). If you have chosen to formula feed, newborn babies need to be fed first milk as it is easier to digest and they could become ill if fed with milk intended for older babies. Your baby can stay on first milk throughout the first year, there is no need to change if this milk suits your baby. There is no independent evidence that any company’s milk is better for your baby, therefore it is fine to choose the cheapest if this is what you wish to do. Please visit the First Steps Nutrition website for good, evidence based, unbiased information on infant milks www.firststepsnutrition.org
Follow the manufacturers’ instructions on the amount to make up, but it is important to remember that your baby will not necessarily finish every bottle. Newborn babies take quite small volumes to begin, by the end of the first week your baby will ask for approximately 150-200mls for each kilogram they weigh each day, although this will vary from baby to baby. Over feeding can lead to obesity later on and increase the possibilities of vomiting so don’t feel he needs to finish the bottle if he doesn’t seem to want to. Unused formula milk needs to be thrown away within 2 hours of being reconstituted.