After reading this section, you will have a better understanding of:
  • The equipment that is required for bottle feeding and expressing breast milk
  • The different methods of sterilising feeding equipment
  • The importance of storing formula and expressed breast milk correctly.


1. Feeding equipment

The vast array of feeding equipment and guidelines for safe sterilisation can make this category confusing for parents, but getting it right can save them time and trouble in the long run.

2. How to prepare a bottle feed

To help protect babies from infection, knowing how to make up feeds and sterilise equipment correctly is essential.

3. Sterilisation

Babies are most vulnerable to infections during their first year of life and as milk provides a perfect medium for the growth of bacteria, it is essential that bottle feeding equipment is sterilised for the first year.

4. Storage of feeds

Feeds should be made up as required, but when travelling or going out for the day, this isn’t always possible.

5. Ask the experts

Feeding equipment throws up a whole raft of queries and potential problems. Here’s what the experts advise for some of the more common questions.

6. Training & CPD

The following practice points and questions can be used to enhance your understanding of this chapter.

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