Bottle feeding breast milk
We can help you learn how to feed you baby breast milk from a bottle.
No matter how you feed your baby, it’s a great chance for you and your baby to bond. You can make it a special time for both of you by smiling and talking to your baby while feeding. Holding your baby skin-to-skin while feeding, is also a healthy and rewarding experience.
We have services to help you feed your baby. Our services include clinics, telephone, peer support, as well as in-class or online prenatal classes.
We can also help if you are deciding how to feed your baby.
Expressing breast milk
You can express your breast milk using your hand or a breast pump. Learn how to express breast milk, including information about how to store and thaw breast milk. See our expressing breast milk page.
Bottle feeding your baby
When bottle feeding your baby breast milk it’s important to control the flow to be more like breastfeeding. This is called paced bottle feeding. This method allows your baby to drink at a comfortable rate and helps prevent overfeeding.
Learn how to pace bottle feed and burp your baby.
You can choose to warm breast milk that has been in the fridge or freezer. Learn more about thawing and storing breast milk.
Any unused warmed breastmilk should be thrown away after feeding. Do not reheat the bottle of breast milk.
Knowing when your baby is hungry or satisfied
Your baby should be fed when hungry. Learn how to tell when your baby is ready to feed and when they are satisfied.
New bottles and nipples should be sterilized before using them the first time.
For healthy, full-term babies you can wash bottles, nipples and caps in hot soapy water and rinse well with hot water. Let the containers air dry. You don’t need to sterilize the equipment each time.
If your baby is premature (born early) or is in the hospital, speak to your doctor or a health care provider who has expertise about cleaning containers to store breast milk
Your baby will need a vitamin D supplement if you are feeding breast milk.
Visit our learning to breastfeed page to see how much vitamin D your baby will need.