Wednesday 28 February 2024
Salisbury Foundation Trust

Formula Feeding

Before you make the decision on how you are going to feed your baby, you should be aware of some of the disadvantages of formula feeding:

  • formula-fed babies are more likely to suffer from gastrointestinal problems, coughs, colds and ear infections. 
  • there is a cost involved in formula feeding
  • errors in sterilising equipment and making feeds can affect your baby’s health


If you have been advised to offer your baby formula milk for medical reasons or choose not to breastfeed, please speak to your midwife about paced bottle feeding, responsive feeding and safe sterilisation techniques. You will be offered information and support to help you prepare feeds and sterilise feeding equipment as safely as possible.

If you have chosen to formula feed, in your hospital bag you will need to bring a minimum of two starter packs (each pack contains six x 70ml bottles and six disposable teats) of your chosen milk brand. These starter packs are readily available at all major supermarkets and online.

We will help to support those wanting to use formula and will have a 'milk kitchen' available for those formulas that only come in a powdered format. We will provide microwave sterilisation systems, but no bottles or teats. We ask that mothers speak with their Community Midwife for more information. 


Useful links:

NHS - Bottle Feeding Advice

First Steps Nutrition Trust


Our staff at Salisbury District Hospital have long been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment they provide for our patients and for their innovation, commitment and professionalism. This has been recognised in a wide range of achievements and it is reflected in our award of NHS Foundation Trust status. This is afforded to hospitals that provide the highest standards of care.

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