BOTTLE FEEDING POLICY AND PROCEDURE where the parent provides the milk
The children’s individual needs will be discussed with parents to ensure that they are met. Feeds will be prepared as
and when they are required by the babies and not as part of the nursery routine. All staff must ensure that they
have washed their hands thoroughly prior to making or giving a feed. A suitable sterilised bottle, which should be
clearly labelled with the baby’s name will be used for feeds. Staff will ensure that the ‘Daily Formula Milk
Preparation Sheet’ is filled in accordingly. Staff should record the amount of formula consumed by the baby in the
baby’s diary so that the parent can be informed of the child’s intake for that day.
Parents should bring the formula into nursery in purpose-made containers which allows the parent to measure out
each feed individually. This container should be clearly labelled with the child’s name and brought into the nursery
along with the pre-sterilised bottle which should also be clearly labelled with the child’s name.
When bottles need to be prepared staff should adhere to the following procedures:
1. Empty the kettle and refill with cold tap water to the level required.
2. Boil the kettle and leave untouched until the water has been cooled to 70°C. This should take 20-25
minutes. Ensure that the kettle is not re-boiled during this cooling down period.
3. Clean and disinfect the surface that is being used for the milk preparation.
4. Once the water has cooled to 70°C staff should then remove the teat and lid as one unit from the bottles and
fill each bottle to the required level.
5. Each bottle should then have the formula for one feed added to it ensuring that the name on the bottle and
the name on the formula container match. The teat (with the lid attached) should then be placed back onto
the bottle and the bottle shaken vigorously until all of the formula has dissolved.
6. The temperature of the feed should be tested before it is given to the baby. Staff should test the
temperature on the inside of their wrist. The milk should be at body temperature. It should feel warm or
cool on the skin but never hot. If the feed needs to be cooled down then this should be done by running the
bottom half of the bottle under a cold tap with the lid and teat in place.
7. Once the feed is at the correct temperature it may be given to the baby.
8. Any milk left over from the feed should be discarded and the bottle rinsed out and re-sterilised.
During a feed babies will never be left unsupervised. A member of staff (if possible their key person) should hold the
baby and sit on the sofa in the baby room. Staff are not required to wear gloves or aprons when feeding bottles to
babies as it is important to make them feel comfortable and to feed them in a ‘home like’ environment.
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