Which feeding option is right for you all?
There are three ways of feeding your baby:
- Combined feeding
Breastfeeding offers your baby the best start in life. Breastmilk is the natural food for babies and provides all they need for healthy growth and development. It also contains important antibodies and prebiotics to help support their natural immune system. What’s more, it provides the perfect opportunity for your partner and baby to bond. Read more about the benefits of breastfeeding here.
If you and your partner are thinking about bottlefeeding, there are lots of things you’ll need to consider. Which baby milk should I choose? What equipment do you need? How do you keep things sterile? And how do you prepare a feed? Luckily we’ve got all the answers to these questions and a whole lot more. For more information, take a look at our bottlefeeding section.
Bottlefeeding in hospital
If your partner is planning to bottlefeed your baby in hospital, or wants to have some baby milk with her just in case, she should check first to see whether they provide bottlefeeding equipment or whether that’s something she’ll need to pack in her hospital bag. And remind her to check whether they provide milk, and if so, whether it’s the same milk you’re planning to use at home. If it’s not, take her preferred choice with you so your baby won’t have to change milks when they leave hospital.
Some mums find that neither breast nor bottle completely meets their needs and instead use a combination of both. It’s best for your partner to breastfeed for at least six to eight weeks before combining breast and bottle. This reduces the chance that your baby will prefer the sensation of bottlefeeding and give up on breastfeeding altogether.
Combining breast and bottlefeeding is a great way for you to get involved with feeding. It gives you the opportunity to bond with your baby and help your partner by taking it in turns to feed your baby during the night. Take a look at our article on combined feeding for more information.