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. Usually this refers to mums who feed from the breast for some feeds and from a bottle for other feeds (whether breastmilk or formula milk). However, some mums can refer to it as bottle feeding and switching between breastmilk and formula milk. This is a less common usage though.
It’s a common subject usually in regards to the following two circumstances:
The challenge of getting your baby to use a bottle if they are used to feeding from the breast is usually termed ‘acceptance’. If this is you, our bottle feeding hints and tips are worth a read.
Whichever of the above options you choose, using a bottle to deliver breastmilk or formula has some benefits. This includes:
But of course breastfeeding is a unique experience. So ultimately whether you choose to feed from the breast, from a bottle or combination feed, the choice is yours to make. Just be sure to decide what’s right for you and your family.