Bottle-feeding basics

We recommend the following tips for bottle feeding your baby. Try to start using them during the first six weeks. Otherwise, start them whenever you can.

A baby being fed with a bottle


  • Hold your baby close and slightly upright.
  • Change the side you hold your baby at each feed.
  • Never allow your baby to feed alone or have them propping up the bottle.
  • Think of feeds as time for interaction: it’s when your baby can focus on you and practice communicating. Make lots of eye contact, and maintain skin-to-skin touch with your baby.
  • Try to have one main carer giving feeds. This encourages oxytocin (the ‘love hormone’) and reduces stress hormones. It’s an essential combination for brain development, and encourages a close bond.

Further reading

Essential Parent: How to bottle feed

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