Bottle feeding and sterilisation policy
Bottle Feeding and Sterilisation Policy
Parents and carers are to provide their own formula or breast milk to be given at nursery, in the sealed container and unopened.
The child must have already been using the formula 2 weeks prior to the nursery giving it, to ensure no allergic reactions or intolerances.
Bottle feeding forms must be filled out correctly and completely. One for each child each week.
How to prepare a baby bottle- powdered formula:
- Fill the kettle with tap water
Throw out any water that is already in the kettle and fill it with clean tap water.
- Boil the Water & Kill the Germs
Boil the water and ensure that it does not cool for more than 30 mins. The water should be hot enough to kill any bacteria that are in the formula, and this can only be achieved if the water is 70 degrees and above.
- Follow the Instructions
Following the instructions that come with your specific brand of formula, pour the required amount of water in the bottle. Measure the water at eye level by bending down if necessary, to ensure that you are using the correct amount.
- Add Scoops of Formula
Add the recommended number of scoops of formula to the water. A scoop is provided with each container and the powder should be level with the top of the scoop. Using too many scoops can cause the baby to become dehydrated which in turn causes constipation, and too few will mean that they are not getting enough nutrients.
- Place the Sterilised Teat & Shake Well
Holding a sterilised teat by the edge, place it on the bottle and screw the retaining ring on tightly. Placing the sterilised cap on the bottle shake well until all the powder is completely dissolved.
- Test the temperature
Always test the temperature of the milk on the inside of your wrist before giving it to your baby. The formula should be body temperature and should feel neither hot nor cold when touching your skin. If the formula is too hot place the bottom half of the bottle under cold running water until it cools down sufficiently. If the formula gets too cold before use, it can be reheated by placing in a pan of hot water. Never heat formula in the microwave because this can create hot spots in the milk, caused by uneven heating which can burn the baby.
- Preserve the Bottle & Formula
Any milk that the baby does not drink should be discarded because it is possible for bacteria to grow in the formula. Also, throw away the entire bottle if the baby does not drink it within two hours. Store bought ready-made formula can be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours after it has been opened, because the contents have been sterilised before sealing.
Prop feeding children is not allowed due to choking hazards.
If unable to hold their own bottle, the child must be held and fed by an adult.
When bottle feeding, always keep this teat full otherwise the baby will take in air.
Winding non mobile babies is crucial to prevent them having trapped wind and being in pain.
Most mobile babies will wind themselves naturally as they move about.
Ways to wind a baby:
- Hold them against your shoulder and gently rub or pat their back.
- Sit them on your lap, supporting their head with your hand under chin and gently rub or pat their back.
- Lay their stomach-down on your lap – rubbing the baby’s back at the same time helps to provide comfort and reassurance.
Breast milk storage and feeding:
- Refrigerator. Freshly expressed breast milk can be stored in the back of the refrigerator for up to five days in clean conditions. However, it is optimal to use or freeze the milk within three days.
Please label and date bottles.
- Room temperature.Freshly expressed breast milk can be kept at room temperature for up to six hours. However, it is optimal to use, or properly store the breast milk within four hours, especially if the room is warm.
Sterilising bottles- Milton cold water steriliser:
To use the Milton Cold Water Steriliser simply wash the bottles and teats and rings in hot soapy water then rinse in cold water. Fill the Milton Cold Water Steriliser to the 5litre line then either add 1 Milton Sterilising Tablet or 30 ml of Milton Sterilising Fluid. Fully submerge everything into the Steriliser to release any air bubbles. Screw on the integral submerged making sure everything is still fully submerged. Screw on the lid and press the vent down. The items will all be ready to use in just 15 minutes and will stay sterile for up to 24 hours. There is no need to rinse items before use. The solution will stay sterile for 24 hours so can be used during this time. Please leave items to sterilise for 15 minutes.