If you or a family member are feeding with formula milk, you might feel worried about how the coronavirus could impact your baby. Here is some advice that should help keep your baby fed and safe.
- If you’re unable to get your usual brand of stage 1 (first) infant formula - don’t worry – you can use any stage 1 infant formula, as all preparations have a similar nutritional composition to comply with legislation.
- Don’t use stage 2 follow-on formula for any baby under 6 months – only use stage 1 infant formula
- If you’re using stage 2 follow-on formula for a baby older than 6 months and can’t access this, then changing to stage 1 infant formula is advisable
- If you’re using other milks such as anti-reflux milk, comfort milk etc and can’t access these, then it’s advised to use stage 1 infant formula.
- Always make up formula as per manufacturers guidance – do not be tempted to add more water as diluting the milk could endanger your baby’s health.
- If you or a family member are feeding with formula you should wash your hands beforehand and carefully wash and sterilise the equipment fully before each use and cleaned afterwards. You should not share bottles with someone else.
- If you have any issues getting formula milk then you should call your midwife or health visitor immediately.