PDF version great for child care providers. Often, as infant feeding specialists, lactation consultants and other experts in the field of human lactation are asked how to properly bottle-feed a baby. In addition, there are often alternatives to bottle-feedingsuch as cup feeding, which should be explored.
By Kara Aaserud Sep 16, Photo: Leilani Rogers. But Amy Peterson, a lactation consultant and co-author of Balancing Breast and Bottle: Reaching Your Breastfeeding Goalssays combining breastfeeding with bottle-feeding—using formulaexpressed milk or both—is a choice that works for many.
Choosing whether to breastfeed or formula feed their baby is one of the biggest decisions expectant and new parents will make. Healt experts believe breast milk is the best nutritional choice for infants. But breastfeeding may not be possible for all women.
There are five options when it comes to how you feed your baby, even if you have already chosen to feed using a bottle. The typical feeding options are as follows:. You may have heard the term, combination feeding.
Worried about nipple confusion? Try these smart strategies to help bottle feeding and breastfeeding work well together. Almost all breastfeeding moms have times when they need to be away from their babies, whether they are working or just want to go out for a "date night" every now and then.
If you plan to be away from your baby, you may want to try having your partner, friend, or family member give him a very small amount of breastmilk in a bottle when he is 3 to 4 weeks old. This will help your baby get used to a bottle if you plan to return to work or school. In some cases, you may have to start using a bottle for breastmilk before your baby is 3 to 4 weeks old, but be careful.
Understanding why nipple confusion happens and using strategies to ease the transition between breast and bottle can help lessen or avoid this for your little one. Nipple confusion is when a breastfeeding baby is having trouble latching and breastfeeding effectively after being fed with a bottle. Babies need to use different techniques when nursing versus feeding from a bottle.
The content of the bottle can be either breastmilk or formula milk. In this article, we're talking about mixing formula milk feeds alongside breastfeeding. Your baby could be having some initial difficulties getting breastfeeding established and you want to give some formula feeds alongside breastfeeding. You might need to leave your baby for periods of time for example if you are returning to work.
Giving your baby formula in addition to breastfeeding is called supplementing. It's completely OK and perfectly safe to do, and many families choose this type of combination feeding method, whether out of necessity e. In some cases, breastfeeding and providing formula may be recommended by a doctor for medical reasons.
Back to Your pregnancy and baby guide. It can take mums and babies up to six weeks to successfully establish breastfeeding. Once you've both got the hang of it, it's usually possible to offer your baby bottles of expressed milk or formula alongside breastfeeding. Introducing formula feeds will probably reduce the amount of breast milk you produce.