What equipment do you need to bottlefeed? What technique works best? How do you make up infant formula?
Don’t panic if you keep hearing that it’s bottle versus breast. It can be a minefield of info telling you how best to feed your newborn. There are lots of reasons why you may use a bottle, even if you’re breastfeeding, so here’s a simple guide to the basics of bottlefeeding, whether you’re giving your baby infant formula, breast milk or both. If you’re planning to combine breastfeeding with bottlefeeding, get your baby used to the breast first.
Even if you’re breastfeeding exclusively, it can often be useful to express milk that you can then feed to your baby in a bottle later. You might also like to use a bottle sometimes if you feel self-conscious feeding in public, or to enable your partner to share feeding duties.
It’s important that your baby-feeding technique at the breast is good, and that your milk supply is given time to fully establish. You can then start to gradually introduce bottlefeeds, so there are no sudden upsets if you’re planning to go back to work or want to go out and can’t be there to feed.
Vicki Scott, AVENT feeding expert
Vicki Scott, AVENT feeding expert, suggests the following steps to get the correct bottlefeeding position:
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