Preparing a feed using powdered infant formula:
It is best to make up infant formula milk fresh for each feed.
We provide Aptamil powdered formula milk. If your child requires another brand you must provide us with an unopened container to be kept at nursery, we will notify you when you will need to replace. Please bring in the correct amount of labelled sterilized bottles for the amount of feeds your child requires for the day. They will be returned to you on collection.Once in nursery the bottle/s and formula container must be clearly labelled with the child’s full name and date of opening, and stored correctly. Bottles and containers must be stored in a designated cupboard in the kitchen.
When preparing a bottle:
- Wash hands thoroughly and ensure the area is clean and sterile
- Check all equipment is clean and sterile
- Boil fresh tap water in the kettle and allow to cool
- Measure the required amount of cooled boiled water into the sterilised bottle as shown on the formula milk container. Using the scoop provided, add the required amount of scoops of powder to the bottle, levelling off each scoop.
- Place the sterilised teat and cap onto the bottle and shake well. Before offering it to your baby, cool the formula by placing the bottle into cold water until luke warm. Test the temperature by shaking a few drops onto the inside of your wrist.
- When feeding your baby, hold the bottle at an angle so the teat and bottle neck are always full of milk. This way there is less chance of your baby getting trapped wind.
- Throw away and milk that has not been used within one hour if the bottle has been fed from and after two hours if it has been untouched
Microwaves should never be used for warming a feed.
If parents wish to use ready to use milk, they must provide sealed cartons that are sterile and in date. When in nursery, this will be clearly labelled with child’s full name and date of opening, and discarded according to the instructions on the container.
If parents are breast feeding and wish for the nursery to continue to feed their child with their own expressed milk whilst they are attending nursery, a breast milk permissions form must be completed by the parent. See attached.
It is essential that infant feeding equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sterilised between uses. This can be done by boiling or steaming. This process is essential in helping to protect against infection. Before sterilisation can take place it is essential that all traces of milk are removed from the bottles and teats.
- Bottles/teats should be washed thoroughly
- Every trace of milk should be removed using a bottle brush
- Bottles should be rinsed thoroughly before sterilising
- Bottle brushed should also be cleaned and sterilised
- Tongs should be cleaned and sterilised. Tongs should be used to pick up equipment after the sterilising process.
Breast Milk Permission
Storing Breast Milk
You can store breast milk in a sterilised container / sterilised milk pouch –
- In the fridge for up to 72 hours at 4C or Lower
- For up to 3 months in a variable temperature freezer
- For up to 6 months in a constant temperature freezer
Breast milk must always be stored in a sterilised container, clearly labelled with your child’s name, date of storage and best before date.
Defrosting Breast Milk
If you have frozen your milk, it must be defrosted safely before giving it to your child, once it’s defrosted, it must be used straight away. Do not refreeze breast milk once it has thawed.
Warming Breast Milk
You can feed expressed milk straight from the fridge if your child is happy to drink it cold. Or you can warm the milk to body temperature by placing the bottle in lukewarm water.
Do not use a microwave to heat up or defrost breast milk as it can cause hot spots.
Name of child _______________________________________________
I understand that the breast milk I provide Little Foxes will be clearly labelled with my child’s name and date the milk was expressed and has been stored safely and correctly.
Parent/Carer Sign ___________________Date_____________________
Management Sign ___________________ Date_____________________