Formula Feeding Guidelines

October 02, 2019
2 min read

Not everyone chooses to breastfeed, in which case formula milk can provide a nutritious alternative. What’s involved? You will need several feeding bottles, formulae powder and a sterilizing system. Its really important to make sure all equipment is completely clean to avoid bacteria developing. Wash all the equipment in warm soapy water using a specially designed bottle brush to clean teats and the bottles. Then sterilize the equipment to kill off any left behind bacteria. Remember to thoroughly clean the work surface too.

What's in this article:

Making the formula Feeding your baby Follow your baby’s lead

Making the formula

Prepare the formula according to the manufacturer’s instructions, using the scoop provided to ensure measurements are accurate. Use boiled tap water that has been boiled within the last 30 minutes; the water needs to be no less than 70 ºC

Feeding your baby

Before giving a bottle, check the temperature by squeezing a couple of drops on your inner wrist, it should feel warm but not hot. Follow your baby’s lead, remember, each baby is unique and will vary their intake from feeding to feeding, and day to day. Don’t encourage your baby to finish a bottle if they seem to have lost interest. Always throw away any milk left over rather than saving for later.

Here's a rough idea of how much formula your baby needs, and how often she needs to be fed:


Amount per feeding:

Feeding Frequency:


60 to 90 ml (2 to 3 ounces)

Every 3 to 4 hours

One month

120 ml (4 ounces)

Every 4 hours

Two months

120 ml (4 ounces)

6 to 7 feedings/24 hours

Four months

120 to 180 ml (4 to 6 ounces)

6 feedings/24 hours

Six months

180 to 240 ml (6 to 8 ounces)

5 feedings/24 hours

One year

240 ml (8 ounces)

2 to 3 feedings/24 hours supplemented with baby food

Follow your baby’s lead

Remember, each baby is unique and will vary her intake from feeding to feeding, and day to day.

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