Bottle Feeding

For a variety of reasons, breast feeding may not be possible or desirable. You may choose to breast feed at first and then switch to bottle feeding, or choose not to rely on breast feeding entirely by using complementary bottle feeds. Breast feeding and bottle feeding should only be combined after 6 weeks, after breast feeding has been well established.

It is important to point out that introducing partial bottle feeding may have a negative effect on breast feeding, and reversing a decision not to breast feed is difficult.
 
 
Bottle feeding with infant formula based on cow's milks can have some advantages:
  • You do not have to do all the feeding and can leave the baby with others while you catch up on sleep or take a break
     
  • You can measure how much milk the baby is taking in. 
     
  • As formula milk is more difficult for the baby to digest, bottle fed babies tend to sleep for longer
     
Infant formula milks are nutritionally complete and are the next best alternative to breast milk. They contain nutrient levels, which comply with UK regulations. However as infant formula baby milks do not contain antibodies produced by the mother, bottle fed babies are more at risk of infection, diarrhoea or constipation
 

Types of formula milk

Many infant formulae are also available ready made in cartons offering a convenient alternative, but please note ready made formulas should be warmed for babies under 6 months.

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First stage whey based infant formula milk powder

When to use:
  • For bottle feeding if baby is not being breast fed
     
  • Commonly referred to as Stage 1 or first milk
     
  • To complement breast feeding
     
  • If moving from breast feeding to bottle feeding
Suitable age:
  • From new born and throughout the first year
     

Second stage higher casein content infant formula milk powder

When to use:
  • For bottle feeding if baby is not being breast fed
     
  • Commonly referred to as Stage 2 or second milk
     
  • Stage 2 Infant formulas are formulated for the hungrier bottle fed baby
     
  • It is important to note that Stage 2 milk is not always a necessary stage as feeding
     
  • Infant Formula Milk Stage 1 may meet all babies' requirements until they are ready, or at the appropriate age, for weaning
Suitable age:
  • From new born and throughout the first year
     

Follow on milk powder

When to use:
  • To complement a baby's weaning diet
     
  • Suitable for bottle fed or combination fed infants
     
  • Higher energy content for the active toddler
     
  • Unlike cow's milk, follow on milk is nutritionally tailored for toddlers
     
  • Helps support a toddler's natural immune system
     
  • Easier to digest than cow's milk
Suitable age:
  • 6 months to 24 months

 

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