Feeding is not only a source of nutrition, but also of love, comfort and reassurance between baby and mum. Responsive feeding, is about responding to your baby’s cues to feed, gently inviting baby to take the bottle teat, pacing the feeds and not forcing baby to finish the feed, this will help avoid over feeding and make feeds calm and stress free for baby.
Getting support to formula feed your baby is important too and if you decide to formula feed or to change to formula milk whilst breastfeeding, getting the right information and help is essential. Your midwife, health visitor or children centre staff member will be able to help. They will be able to provide you with information on how to make up formula safely and how to feed your baby in a way that promotes closeness and bonding.
A guide to formula for parents who are bottle feeding gives factual information on the different types of formula available.
Some mums will decide to formula and breastfeed, for information on this option click here to listen to mums experience of this and have a chat with a member of staff. Remember, any amount of breastmilk is valuable for your baby’s health.
Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. If you decide not to breastfeed or to stop breastfeeding, it is possible to restart – please speak to your midwife/health visitor/GP. Giving infant formula to a breastfed baby will reduce your milk supply.
You can also call any of the breastfeeding helpline to discuss how to move from breastfeeding to bottle feeding:
- NCT Helpline: 0300 3300771 (open 8am til midnight inc bank holidays)
- National Breastfeeding helpline: 0300 100 0212 (open 9.30am-9.30pm)
These websites all have information on bottle-feeding too.