Responsive Bottle Feeding

Hold baby close, skin to skin contact is very important however your choose to feed your baby.

Stimulate your baby to open their mouth wide, like a yawn.

Encourage your baby to draw the teat into their mouth.

Allow them to pace the feed and have a little pause.

Recognise your baby's feeding cues and respond to them not the clock.

Limit the number of people who feed your baby.

Remember your nurturing your hormones are highest when you and your baby are close.

Responsive bottle feeding

We are happy to support you if you decide to bottle feed your baby. You may find this information helpful to allow you to feed safely have a close and loving feeding experience.

Your health visitor about the latest information on sterilising, types of milk to use and how to make up feeds as safely as possible.

It is best for just you and your partner to feed baby in the early weeks. This will help baby to feel safe and secure, get used to your way of feeding, and enable you to form a close loving bond with your baby.

Tips for bottle feeding

  • Offer your baby feeds when he shows early signals of being hungry
  • If baby is upset, try to soothe him before you offer a feed. Skin contact is great for calming for babies at any time.
  • Hold baby close to you, in a slightly upright position
  • Look into baby’s eyes and talk gently to him
  • Gently rub the teat above baby’s top lip to encourage her to open his mouth and poke his tongue out
  • Place the teat into front of baby’s mouth allowing him to draw it further in
  • Allow just enough milk to cover teat and pace the feed to meet baby’s needs, gently removing it if baby appears to want a break.
  • Offer frequent breaks throughout the feed sitting baby upright to help bring up her wind
  • Never force baby to take a whole feed as he will know when he has had enough
  • Discard any left over milk

Additional information for babies receiving their milk in a bottle:

  • How to sterilise equipment
  • How to make up feeds safely
  • Type of milk to use (i.e. first stage/ newborn until a year old)

For more information please see links in Useful information section and do ask your Health Visitor for more information.

Breastfeeding information for parents