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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 breastmilk, 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 follow manufacturer’s instructions for use carefully – failure to follow the instructions may make your baby ill. Infant formula is suitable from birth when babies are not breastfed.

Follow-on Milk is only for babies over 6 months, as part of a mixed diet and should not be used as a breastmilk substitute before 6 months. If you wish to use this product before 6 months, we advise that you consult your healthcare professional. It is recommended that all formula milks be used on the advice of a doctor, midwife, health visitor, public health nurse, dietitian, pharmacist or other professional responsible for maternal and child care, based on baby’s individual needs

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Bring your own bottle?

Some maternity units don’t have baby milk available. So if you’re planning to bottlefeed your baby, check with your hospital whether you need to bring your own baby milk and feeding equipment in your hospital bag. If they do provide milk, check that it’s the same type as you are planning to use at home. You may want to bring your own if they don’t so that your baby gets used to your preferred brand of milk.

bottlefeeding in hospital

Learning to prepare a feed

Some hospitals will teach you how to make up a bottle for your baby so you’ll be prepared when you go home. Don’t be shy - make sure you ask questions as it’s especially important that you understand how to sterilise bottles and prepare feeds.

Using the right teat

There are many different kinds of teats available, some are made of latex whilst others are made of silicon, which is more durable but less flexible. You also have a choice in terms of the shape of the teat and speed at which it will allow milk to flow through.

There’s no hard and fast rule as to which you should choose, it’s a case of finding the one your baby is most comfortable with. Though in terms of flow, you may need a slow flow teat to start with.

If you bottlefeed your baby in hospital, the hospital may provide you with disposable teats for use whilst you’re there. Make sure you ask what type of teat it is so you can try and find something as similar as possible for when you get home. Speak with the midwives or infant feeding advisors at the hospital to help you decide which teat is best for your baby.

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