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Bottle feeding

Not all mums choose to breastfeed. Some mums choose to combine breast with formula feeding. Others find that expressing breastmilk and feeding using a bottle can be handy if they’re out and about, and can give a partner the chance to get involved with feeds. And some mums decide to switch to an infant formula completely.

Whatever you choose, this section will help you prepare yourself and your baby for the introduction of a bottle and explain why introducing a bottle is a difficult decision to reverse. We’ll also look at the practical considerations, like what equipment you’ll need, how to sterilise and prepare bottles and how much and how often your baby should feed.

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    Introducing a bottle After Breastfeeding

    Some mums choose to bottlefeed their babies formula milk because they find it more convenient when they’re on the move, while others do it so their partner can help with feeding. Whatever your reasons, it’s a decision that needs careful consideration. Once you’ve started, it’s very difficult to go back to breastfeeding.

    It’s not always easy to make the switch and it won’t happen overnight as your body and your baby both need time to adjust. If you do decide you’d like to introduce formula, this article will help you to understand the best way to go about it and give you some tips on encouraging your baby if they don’t take to it straight away.

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    Bottlefeeding equipment

    If you’re new to bottlefeeding, you might be wondering where to start. The list of the basic equipment detailed in this article may come in handy. But with so many different-shaped bottles and teats on the market, you may also be wondering what kind of teat and bottle to buy. The best way to choose feeding equipment is to go with what your baby prefers. Whereas sterilising equipment should be chosen on the basis of what proves most convenient for you.

    Here you can read about the wide range of bottlefeeding and sterilising equipment available so that you can work out what you think will suit you and your baby best. We’ve also included a list of useful bottlefeeding extras so you can be well prepared.

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    Combining breast & bottlefeeding

    Some mums find that neither breast nor bottle completely meets their needs and instead use a combination of both. However, choosing to combine breast and bottle is not a decision that should be taken lightly and is a decision which is difficult to reverse once you’ve started bottlefeeding as your body will learn to produce less milk. This article talks more about about how your baby might not always take to a bottle straight away, and how your body may take a while to get used to the new routine.

    There are a few golden rules to follow if you’re thinking of combination feeding; taking things very slowly, waiting until breastfeeding is firmly established and thinking carefully about which feeds you’d like to substitute with a bottle are all important. Read on to find out how you can combine but continue to produce enough breastmilk for those times when you want to breastfeed.

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    How much and how often to bottlefeed

    If you’re wondering how much you should be bottlefeeding your baby, there’s no hard and fast rule – every baby and every milk is different. The amount you feed your baby will vary depending on a number of factors, including their age, their weight and their appetite.

    You should always read the instructions provided with your formula milk – they should help you to work out the correct amount for your baby. But you can also read on to learn how much is enough and how to time your baby’s feeds.

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    Storing infant formula

    It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and stick to good hygiene practices when preparing your baby’s food.

    Standards for preparing infant formula include the following:

    • Boil freshly-run water, then leave the kettle to cool for 30 minutes before mixing it with the milk powder. Artificially softened or repeatedly boiled water should not be used, as the mineral levels could be too high
    • Your baby’s milk should be prepared fresh for each feed. Using stored milk may increase the chances of your baby becoming ill
    • Any leftover milk should be thrown away after two hours
    • Always test the temperature of your baby’s feed. If the milk needs to be cooled down, hold the bottle under a cold running tap – with the teat covered
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    Bottlefeeding in hospital

    If you are thinking about bottlefeeding as soon as your baby is born remember to ask the hospital whether or not they provide milk and, if so, which kind. Even if you’re planning on breastfeeding but want to keep your options open, packing a few extras in your hospital bag now will allow you to be more prepared when the big day comes.

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    Guide to preparing a bottlefeed

    Making up a bottlefeed isn’t difficult but, as with doing anything new, it can take a bit of practice. We have created a step-by-step guide for you to print out and keep, so you can refer to it until you’ve got the hang of things.


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