Mixed feeding

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The health benefits are higher if you and your baby exclusively breastfeed, however every drop of breastmilk matters.  Formula milk is cow’s milk that has been specially treated.  Giving infant formula to a breastfed baby may reduce your milk supply.  If you decide to stop breastfeeding, it is possible to restart. 

Mixed feeding is giving your baby both breast milk and formula milk. If you are concerned about feeding always speak to your midwife or health visitor.


Maximising breastfeeding

This video shows supporting a  new mother in maximising breastfeeding. 

We thank Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative www.babyfriendly.org.uk for preparing this video.

First Steps Nutrition Trust is a charity which provides information and support for good nutrition from pre-conception to five years of age.  More information can be found on their website - www.firststepsnutrition.org

This simple guide for new mums provides a summary of which infant milks are suitable for use across the first 2 years of life and explains some of the common issues asked about infant milks and how to make up milks safely.  Please click on the leaflet for more information.

Infant milk

Formula feeding

If you formula feed we will encourage you to offer your baby the first feed with skin contact.  We will also advise on -

  • Responsive bottle feeding – baby's feeding ques to avoid overfeeding
  • Formula feeding in a way which promotes a close mother-baby relationship
  • Making up formula and sterilising equipment
  • Using first infant formula for the first year

For more information on what infant formula to choose and responsive bottle feeding please click here.

Making up the formula

Please view this step-by-step video guide video to help you understand the importance of sterilizing and making up feeds. 

Click on the leaflet - guide to bottle feeding for more information.

For more feeding information please click here.

Guide to bottlefeeding
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