NHS website - Can I use bottled water to make up baby formula (infant formula)?
Bottled water is not recommended to make up infant formula feeds for your baby. This is because it's not usually sterile (free from bacteria) and may contain too much salt (sodium) or sulphate.
Check the levels of sodium and sulphate
You may need to use bottled water to make up a feed if:
- your drinking water has been contaminated because of flooding
- you're travelling abroad and drinking the local water is not recommended
If you have to use bottled water to make up a feed, check the label to make sure the water contains:
- less than 200 milligrams (mg) a litre of sodium (also written as Na)
- no more than 250mg a litre of sulphate (also written as SO4)
Boil water to make up formula feeds
As bottled water is not usually sterile, it will still need to be boiled, like tap water, before you prepare the feed.
Always use boiled water at a temperature of at least 70C to make up a feed. Remember to let it cool before you give it to your baby.
- Erectile dysfunction
- Weight loss & management
- Stop smoking
Repeat Prescription Service
An easy way to manage your Repeat Prescription online.
- Free Registration
- Auto reminder service
- Free Delivery
Common Health Questions
- NHS video wall with stroke, diabetes, and kidney and heart?
- Your health, your way. Your NHS guide to long-term conditions and self care?
- Can I take cough and cold remedies while I'm breastfeeding?
- Can I take paracetamol or ibuprofen with cough or cold medicines?