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Changes to providing formula

Kingston Maternity no longer provides formula for women choosing to formula feed

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 Maternity Unit 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.

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