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Breastfeeding is the best choice for your baby, but if for any reason you have chosen to use a follow-on milk and your baby is six months or older, you’ll want to be confident that you’re preparing it safely and correctly. Read this step-by-step guide to find out how to prepare a beaker of the new Aptamil Follow On milk or Growing Up milk

Step 1

Wash your hands thoroughly before you start and pre-sterilise any utensils and equipment you’re going to use. There’s no need to sterilise your little one’s beaker once they are over six months old.

Step 2

Boil 1 litre of fresh water and then leave the kettle to cool for 30 minutes, no longer.

Step 3

Look at the feeding guide on the back of your pack of product to find out the required amount of water. Measure the water into the sterilised beaker – be careful of scalding. Don’t use artificially softened or repeatedly boiled water.

Step 4

Using the scoop provided, level off the powder with the built-in leveller and add the correct measure of powder to the water, according to the feeding guide on the pack. Do not press or heap the powder.

Step 5

Remember that adding too few or too many scoops can be harmful so it’s important you use the amount stated.

Step 6

Place the lid on the beaker and shake it vigorously and vertically for 10 seconds until all the powder has dissolved. Rolling the bottle or shaking in circles won’t be enough to dissolve the powder sufficiently.

Step 7

Cool the bottle under a running tap and check the temperature of the milk.

Step 8

Give this to your little one to drink immediately – for hygiene reasons don’t store made-up milk or feeds and discard any unfinished milk within two hours.

Don’t forget that each formula brand will have their own guidelines for preparing formula milks so make sure you check the packaging for specific instructions before using.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breastfeeding is best for your baby. FOLLOW-ON MILK should only be used as part of a mixed diet and is not intended as a breastmilk substitute before 6 months. Use on the advice of a healthcare professional. 

The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.