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Old Oct 4th, 2016, 16:03 PM   11
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I FF my daughter from day dot. I kept forgetting during pregnancy to ask what I needed to take and if they'd supply or make it up for me. In the end I decided to take formula sachets that were designed so you could trial baby on it without buying a full tin incase they didn't like it/it didn't agree with them. I only bought one bottle into hospital with me (I was a ftm and didn't appreciate how often newborns ate.) The hospital ended up having disposable bottles which made life easier. They provided sterilising equipment (a Milton) too.

When I finally had the baby I realised that the hospital had accommodated for formula feeding way more than I thought they would in a "breast is best" society. They had formula there, bottles, all the sterilising equipment.

The nurses usually made the bottles up for me which in hindsight probably wasn't what I needed as by the time it came to leave hospital I still had no idea how to safely wash, sterilise and make the bottles up. So I definitely recommend (even if you have done it all before) learning off the nurses and getting a refresher course. Definitely let them do some but watch and learn and ask plenty of questions and then do some yourself.

My advice: take everything you'll need even if it's just two or three bottles and a small tin of formula. If they supply it, great! You will have spares when you get home and if they don't supply it you've at least got enough to get you through for a few days. Also if you take formula that's a different brand to the one the hospital supplies and your baby doesn't like their one then you've got another to try.

Good luck!
Are you in the U.K.? It's just none of that was available for me! They had individual bottles with sterile teats (formula was inside). They never had anywhere to sterilise or make up bottles seperately. Just wondering if my hospital is a bit rubbish or not



 
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I FF my daughter from day dot. I kept forgetting during pregnancy to ask what I needed to take and if they'd supply or make it up for me. In the end I decided to take formula sachets that were designed so you could trial baby on it without buying a full tin incase they didn't like it/it didn't agree with them. I only bought one bottle into hospital with me (I was a ftm and didn't appreciate how often newborns ate.) The hospital ended up having disposable bottles which made life easier. They provided sterilising equipment (a Milton) too.

When I finally had the baby I realised that the hospital had accommodated for formula feeding way more than I thought they would in a "breast is best" society. They had formula there, bottles, all the sterilising equipment.

The nurses usually made the bottles up for me which in hindsight probably wasn't what I needed as by the time it came to leave hospital I still had no idea how to safely wash, sterilise and make the bottles up. So I definitely recommend (even if you have done it all before) learning off the nurses and getting a refresher course. Definitely let them do some but watch and learn and ask plenty of questions and then do some yourself.

My advice: take everything you'll need even if it's just two or three bottles and a small tin of formula. If they supply it, great! You will have spares when you get home and if they don't supply it you've at least got enough to get you through for a few days. Also if you take formula that's a different brand to the one the hospital supplies and your baby doesn't like their one then you've got another to try.

Good luck!
Are you in the U.K.? It's just none of that was available for me! They had individual bottles with sterile teats (formula was inside). They never had anywhere to sterilise or make up bottles seperately. Just wondering if my hospital is a bit rubbish or not

No, I'm in Australia! Can't believe none of that was provided!!



 
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Old Oct 7th, 2016, 11:03 AM   13
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I'm in the UK and my hospital expect you to bring your own but I'd check with yours just in case they have a different policy. I plan to buy the ready made cow and gate bottles with the sterile teats. They sell them in every supermarket x



 
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