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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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Which feeding option is right for you all?

There are three ways of feeding your baby:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Bottlefeeding
  • Combined feeding

feeding choices

Breastfeeding

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.

Bottlefeeding

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.

feeding choices

Combined feeding

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.

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