If you decide to formula feed your baby it is important that for the first year of your baby's life, that he or she only receives first milk formula. After the first year your baby can progress to full fat cow's milk. Babies do not require follow on milks.
We suggest that you responsively bottle feed your baby. This means feeding baby when he shows feeding cues rather that trying to establish a feeding routine. We recommend that you limit the number of people who feed your baby, hold baby in close, looking into baby’s eyes. Ideally your baby’s first feed should be carried out with baby skin to skin. There are benefits to carrying out skin to skin feeding throughout the postnatal period. Prior to discharge from hospital you will recive a copy of the NHS Scotland Formula Feeding booklet.
You will find information on responsive formula feeding on the feedgood.scot website
For accurate and unbiased information about formulas available in the uk, visit the First Steps Nutrition website.