If you are choosing to feed your baby formula milk, this should be a first stage milk throughout your baby’s first year. There is no need to move onto stage 2, follow on, or toddler milk at any stage within this period. Full fat Cow’s milk can be used as a main drink from 1 year onwards.
The Infant Formula and Follow on formula Regulations (2007) state that all milk formula must have the agreed nutritional composition. This means that all formula marketed in the UK despite the cost or brand must contain the same basis ingredients to meet these requirements. Further information can be found at first steps nutrition trust website.
It is recommended that feeding should be carried out responsively rather than relying on a schedule, this will help your baby feel secure by recognising that you are attuned and responding to his needs. Clues your baby may show when hungry can include, restlessness, moving fists to the mouth, lip smacking or becoming more alert. Try to feed your baby before they start to cry, as this is a late sign of hunger, and allow your baby to feed for as long as they need.
Feeding is a great way to bond; therefore, you should try to limit the amount of people who feed your baby. Skin to skin contact, talking to your baby and giving eye contact can all help build this bond.
Information on types of Infant milk, how to prepare formula milk, along with frequently asked questions can be found on:
All babies feeding equipment must be sterilised up until your baby is 12months old. This includes bottles and teats. Further information or how to do this correctly can be found on:
Colic symptoms can be found in babies regardless of how they are fed. This is a very common condition and the exact cause is unknown. Help and advice on Colic can be found on:
Reflux is also a common condition. This is when you baby brings up milk or is sick during or shortly after feeding. This is caused by the underdevelopment of the muscles at the bottom of the oesophagus (food pipe) causing milk to come back up easily. These muscles will get stronger as your baby develops and they should grow out of it.
Advice on how to recognise reflux and manage symptoms is available at:
Some babies can develop an allergy or intolerance to the cow’s milk protein in formula. A Dietician will be able to provide you with alternative milk if this is the case. This should be discussed with your Health visitor or GP.