Bottlefeeding your baby when out and about requires a little bit of planning to make sure that you are preparing the feeds as safely as possible. The best way to make up feeds is to make each one from fresh following the guidelines on the pack. However, it is understandable that this is not always possible when you are travelling or out of the house for a long time.
Ready to feeds
Ready to feed milk available in 200ml ready to feed bottles or 1 litre bottles are the safest option when travelling with your baby. The milk is already sterile and once the carton is unopened it is not necessary to store ready to feed milk in a fridge. You can simply pour the milk from the carton into a sterile bottle and feed your baby.
Powdered formula milk
For short journeys (less than 2 hours)
If you are travelling or will be out for less than 2hours you can travel with made-up bottles once you keep the feeds cold while travelling. Prepare these feeds as follows:
- Before leaving, prepare the bottlefeeds as normal following the instructions on pack. Then cool the feeds quickly and place them in the back of the fridge (less than 5 degrees Celsius).
- When ready to depart, remove the bottlefeeds and place them in an insulated cool bag with ice packs.
- When you arrive at your destination, put them back in the fridge as soon as possible.
- Warm a feed to feeding temperature as required.
Bottlefeeds when made up according to the instructions on pack, can be stored in the fridge for 24hours, after this time any unused bottlefeeds must be thrown out.
For longer journeys (over 2 hours) or if you cannot keep made-up bottlefeeds cold while travelling
The safest options and those recommended for babies aged 2 years or below, are to either use ready to feed formula milk as mentioned above or to bring the powder with you and prepare a bottlefeed as normal following the instructions on the pack – this would mean getting access to a kettle at a friend’s house or in a café or restaurant and preparing the feeds with water that has been boiled and cooled for 30 minutes to about 70 degrees.
Alternatively if the above is not possible, make up sterile bottles of water as follows:
- Wash your hands with warm, soapy water.
- Boil freshly-run tap water, once boiled pour the required amount of water, without cooling it into sterile feeding bottles. Secure the water with an air-tight lid.
- Allow the bottles to cool to room temperature and store them in a clean place while travelling. Sterile water should be discarded after 24 hours.
- Take the sterile bottles of water and powdered infant formula with you.
- When you are ready to feed your baby warm the sterile water to feeding temperature, never leave it heating for more than 15 minutes.
- Add the amount of powdered formula specified on the pack to the sterile water using the clean scope provided.
- Reassemble the bottle and shake well to mix. Check the temperature of the bottlefeed.
- Use immediately and discard any feed that has not been consumed within two hours of preparation.
Please note the above guides are based on preparation of standard infant milks. If you are using a specialised infant formula please contact us for further information.
If you would like more information on bottlefeeding your baby or you have any questions about preparing feeds please call our Freephone Careline on 1800 570 570 and one of our team will be happy to help.