Baby Milk Frequently Asked Questions

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Preparation and storage of Piccolo Milk Formula

Why do I have to boil 1 litre of water?

Our formula preparation follows the guidelines set out by the NHS when making up safe feeds. The NHS advises to boil 1 litre of fresh tap water, and then to leave the water to cool for 30 minutes at most so that it stays at a temperature of at least 70°C.
70°C is the ideal temperature when making feeds as it kills any bacteria present and helps the powder to mix well. Once the milk is made up; before feeding to your baby cool the bottle under running tap water or bowl of cold water until lukewarm, do not immerse the teat. Test temperature by shaking a few drops onto the inside of your wrist.

Is it safe to store made up milk?

As we follow the guidelines issued by the NHS, we recommend that all feeds are freshly made as instructed by the preparation label on the product and used within two hours at room temperature. You should discard any feeds left out any longer than 2 hours at room temperature as there is a risk of bacteria growth and this could make your baby ill.

Can I store prepared baby and toddler milk in the fridge?

We suggest that you prepare each feed in individual bottles as and when is needed to reduce the risk of bacteria growth and illness.

Can I freeze prepared baby or toddler milk?

We have not tested our Piccolo Infant Milk products after freezing so we do not advise freezing them. To avoid risk of bacteria growth and illness, we suggest following the instructions as labelled on the product and making sure to discard any leftover feed after 2 hours.

How do you make up a bottle feed?

Every infant formula product is made differently so make sure to carefully follow the preparation instructions on the product label as all products vary on how much water and powder to use.

You can find preparation instruction for Piccolo First Infant Milk here

You can find preparation instruction for Piccolo Follow On Milk here

You can find preparation instruction for Piccolo Growing Up Milk here

You can also head to our step-by-step guide for more details.

How do you make up a bottle feed on the go?

For our formulas, we advise: the correct amount of milk powder and the correct amount boiled, cooled water can be prepared in advance, but a fully made-up bottle should not be prepared in advance. If you are going for a walk, take the correct amounts of boiled, cooled water and milk powder separately and then mix them together at the last moment before feeding to your baby.
Please note that on the NHS website, it’s stated that you can prepare the bottle feed at home following the preparation instructions on pack, then cool the bottle under a running tap or in a bowl of cold water, and then cool it for at least 1 hour in the back of the fridge. Take it out of the fridge just before you leave and carry it in a cool bag with an ice pack and use it within 4 hours. If you do not have an ice pack, or access to a fridge, the made-up infant formula must be used within 2 hours as there is a risk of bacteria growth and this could make your baby ill.

Where can I find more bottle feeding tips?

Read our bottle-feeding top tips article for more details. You will be able to find a wealth of parenting information on our Parent Hub.

How much do I give? My baby is always hungry.

Every baby is different so each baby will have their own appetite, feeding times, size/weight, etc – and that is completely normal! There’s a helpful feeding guide you can find labelled on our products to help you understand how your baby’s demand for feeding increases as they grow. However, if you do have any concerns about your baby’s feeding, we recommend that you get in contact with your family GP, health visitor or other health care professional for further information.

Piccolo’s Ingredients

Why do your products contain fish oil?

Our products contain DHA, long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid, which come from fish oil. This is a natural ingredient that has been highly refined for our use in infant formula. Most baby and toddler infant formulas in the UK and Ireland use fish oil as it provides DHA. DHA addition is mandatory according to the new infant regulation on infant and follow on formula (Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/127 of 25 September 2015), following paediatricians’ recommendations that DHA is beneficial for babies’ growth.

Why are baby and toddler milks not vegetarian?

Our formula milk range isn’t vegetarian as we source the DHA from fish oil.

Does your milk formula range contain palm oil?

No, none of our products contain palm oil. Not now, not ever.

What is GOS/FOS?

GOS is short for galacto-oligosacchides and FOS is short for fructo-oligosaccharides. They are both types of fibre.

Is Piccolo’s formula milk organic?

Yes, we believe that organic milk is special. Please visit our organic page to learn more about why we believe it’s important.

Are all Piccolo’s milk products organic?

Yes, all of Piccolo’s products are organic. We never compromise on our beliefs.

Why it’s written “may contain soya” at the end of ingredients list ?

Our Piccolo’s Milk Formula doesn’t contain soya in its ingredients, but we do use soya in our manufacturing site, therefore we cannot guarantee the total absence of soya, our Piccolo milk formulas can have some traces which is why we state “may contain soya” on pack.

What are allergens in Our Piccolo’s Milk Formula ?

We have two allergenic ingredients: milk and fish (which comes from fish oil). These two allergens are in bold in ingredients list.
Please note that although soya is not present as an ingredient in our milk formulas; soya is used in our manufacturing site therefore may be some traces of soya present in our milk formulas. Therefore, we also state on our packs: May contain soya.

Piccolo’s Sustainability

Is the packaging completely recyclable?

The steel containers are widely collected throughout the UK – make sure to check with your local council authority on where your nearest recycling facilities are.

The scoop and lid are both made from PP (Polypropylene) which is recyclable. Make sure to check with your local council authority on where your nearest recycling facilities are.

Find out more on how we’re working to improve the sustainability of our packaging here:


Are there any reasons why babies should only be fed breastmilk or formula?

Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, you eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breast milk and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. The social and financial implications of using an infant milk should be considered. Improper use of an infant milk or inappropriate foods or feeding methods may present a health hazard. If you use an infant milk, you should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use carefully as failure to follow the instructions may make your baby ill.

What do you suggest I eat when I’m breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is a great for bonding with your baby and also a good way to make sure you’re giving them all the nutrients they need. That’s why it is incredibly important to eat healthy while breastfeeding. The best way to make sure you keep your energy levels up is through a balanced healthy diet.

It is very important to eat a variety of nutritious, whole foods to ensure that you get all the nutrients you and your baby need. Below is a suggestion of some nutritious foods you could eat while breastfeeding as part of a healthy, balanced diet:

• Fish and seafood: Salmon, seaweed, shellfish and sardines.
• Meat: Beef, lamb, pork and organ meats, such as liver.
• Fruits and vegetables: Berries, tomatoes, cabbage, kale, garlic and broccoli.
• Nuts and seeds: Almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds and flaxseeds.
• Other foods: Eggs, oats, potatoes, quinoa, buckwheat and dark chocolate.

If you want to make your meal at home, you can also find more breastfeeding recipes here for homemade cooking ideas!
In all cases, we advise you to follow the dietary recommendations of your GP or other healthcare professional.

Formula Milk Nutrition

Does your formula contain the key nutrients required for an infant up to 12 months of age?

Our formulas meet the nutritional standards as set out by the NHS guidelines, so our products contain all the key essentials needed for a healthy, growing baby. From around 6 months babies should begin weaning onto solid foods as neither breast milk nor infant formula alone will meet their nutritional needs. However, you can continue our infant milks alongside solid foods as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

Can I give cow’s milk as well as formula milk?

The NHS recommends that from 12 months old, you can give your toddler full fat pasteurised cows’ milk. The NHS also recommends that a toddler has two to three servings of dairy foods a day, including milk. Our baby and toddlers milk products are also suitable to feed or you may choose to feed your toddler a combination of both full fat cow’s milk and Piccolo milk products to help meet their nutritional needs.

Different formula milks

What is the difference between different formula milks?

The four main types of formula milk are cow’s milk, goat’s milk, soya, and hydrolysed protein formulas. Formula can come in two different forms: a dry powder, or a ready-to-use liquid formula.
Piccolo has 3 different milk formulas which are nutritional matched to your baby’s growth stage. To learn more click here.

How would I know if my baby is intolerant to baby milk?

The NHS outlines that babies with milk protein allergies tend to experience symptoms such as stomach cramps that make them cry, fussiness, and spitting up after feedings. If you think your little one might be experiencing similar symptoms after having baby milk, get in contact with your family GP to assess whether the symptoms are caused by an intolerance to baby milk or something else.

How should I transition between milks?

Transitioning between milks lets your baby’s digestive system develop and adapt to the new product’s compositional profile. Whether you decide to move straight to the new baby milk or take it more gradually, you should always speak to your family GP first as they’ll be able to give personal advice on which product would be best for your baby.

Where to buy

Where is the piccolo milk stocked?

Piccolo Baby Milks are available in selected Boots and Sainsbury’s stores, as well as online at Piccolo’s Online Store, Ocado, Boots and Sainsbury’s.