CHOOSE GLASS Many baby bottles are made from polycarbonate plastic (marked with a 7 in a triangle), which contains bisphenol-A, an oestrogen mimicking chemical. As this can leach out when heated or scratched look for glass bottles instead. Or choose those made from polypropylene (marked with a 5), which contains no bisphenol-A and which has a lower impact on the environment.
STERILIZE EFFICIENTLY Rather than buying new electrical equipment, try and borrow a steam sterilizer from another mother. Or boil items in a large pan with plenty of water for ten minutes.
ORGANIC PRODUCT Some companies provide organic formula milk, which is free from antibiotics and other medicines routinely given to conventional dairy cattle. However, watch for allergies such as asthma and eczema as these can be signs that your baby’s system is under stress and is probably linked to diet.
TRY ANOTHER WAY Breastmilk is the best food for your baby, even if you cannot feed it yourself. If you can express milk, use a cup or small glass and gently tilt it to your baby’s lips. You can also feed by spoon or using a small dropper for tiny babies with feeding difficulties.
SKIN TO SKIN When bottlefeeding your baby take your top off and cradle them to you so that they can smell and feel your skin.
LET GUILT GO If you are feeling guilty about not breastfeeding, let that guilt go. Talk to your partner, friends, family and explain how you feel. Celebrate yourself as a mother and remember all the nurturing things that you do for your child every day.
MAKE YOUR OWN Weston Price’s recipes for organic formula are here.