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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


How can you tell if you have a hungry baby?

It’s hard to pinpoint this exactly as there’s no hard and fast rule but generally hungry babies tend to cry for a feed more often and will feed longer when you do offer them their milk.

At around 6 weeks of age, many babies also go through a growth spurt which can mean a hungrier baby for up to a week so the feeding routine you had may have just gone out the window! It’s worth bearing in mind that that this may occur so you can just increase the frequency or amount of the feed and then allow the pattern to settle back after a few days.

my babys still hungry after a milk feed

Too early to wean

Lots of mums wonder whether a hungry baby means that it’s time to start weaning them onto food but really this should only happen around 6 months, and definitely not before 17 weeks. Up until 6 months, your baby's digestive system may be too immature for anything more than breastmilk or babymilks and these will give your baby all of the energy and nutrients they need.

Some babies aren’t as hungry as they seem

Some babies also like to suck for comfort and seem to be demanding milk when actually a cuddle or some other response would work just as well.

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