Infant formula and responsive bottle feeding

A guide for parents

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This simple, concise guide provides parents who are formula feeding with an overview on how to choose infant formula and how to bottle feed as responsively as possible.

It also includes tips on how to bottle feed responsively, so as to support parents to build a close and loving relationship with their baby.

More tips on building a close and loving relationship with babies can be found in our leaflet for parents, Building a happy baby.

Unicef UK’s Baby Friendly Initiative is firmly committed to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding. However, in the UK bottle feeding remains very common and so we also work to ensure the best outcomes possible for babies when they are not breastfed. When considering use of our materials outside of the UK, we suggest taking into account the country context and individual needs before deciding whether or not our materials are suitable for use.

Further reading

Responsive feeding infosheet

Department of Health’s Guide to Bottle Feeding

Guidelines on providing information for parents who formula feed

First Steps Nutrition Trust guides to infant milks for health professionals

How the Baby Friendly Initiative supports parents who formula feed

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