What equipment is required for bottle feeding either expressed breast milk or infant formula?

  • 4–6 feeding bottles with caps.
  • 4–6 teats.
  • Teats are available in a variety of shapes and flows  – it is important to advise a care giver about the most appropriate one for their baby, or alternatively suggest they speak to their pharmacist.
    Teats condition should be checked regularly. Teats will wear over time and may need replacing, particularly if a baby has teeth and bites. Discard any teats with cracked collars.
  • Bottle brush for cleaning bottles.
  • Sterilising equipment – this depends on the sterilising method chosen e.g. either by boiling, using a sterilising solution or microwave sterilising.

If bottle feeding expressed breast milk

  • A breast pump to assist in expressing breast milk may be used. When choosing feeding equipment ensure all parts of any equipment used to assist in expressing milk can be effectively cleaned. Always follow the manufacturer’s care and cleaning instructions.
  • Breast milk bags – sterile bags for storing breast milk in fridge or freezer.

If bottle feeding formula

  • A container or formula dispenser to safely carry formula powder for travelling.
  • An insulated carry-bag to carry cool or warm, previously boiled water.

Teats will wear over time and may need replacing.