Changes to formula milk provision at MKUH

Date: 02/04/2024

An important update on formula milk provision from Tuesday 2 April 2024

At Milton Keynes University Hospital we provide support and information for all service users however they choose to feed their baby.

In line with the Baby Friendly Initiative, our Maternity Infant Feeding Guideline has been updated and we have made changes to our policy in relation to providing formula to Maternity Service users.

If you choose to formula feed your baby, you will need to bring in pre-packed bottles of a ready-made newborn formula into hospital with you. Please do not bring in powdered formula or the larger bottles/cartons of ready-made formula, as MKUH does not have a milk preparation area or a safe place for you to wash and sterilise reusable bottles.

You will need to bring enough pre-packed ready-made bottles to last for your stay or have them brought into you. There are formula feeding starter packs (pre-packed ready-made bottles) available from various suppliers. These disposable single use bottles provide the safest option when formula feeding your baby whilst staying in hospital, you should expect to use around 8-10 teats and bottles per day.

If, during your stay in hospital, there is a medical or clinical indication to give your baby formula, this will be provided.

Please speak to your community midwife for more information about your choices regarding how to feed your baby.

If you require guidance on brands, please visit First Steps Nutrition for helpful information.