What is combination feeding?
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.
Why do people talk about combination feeding?
It’s a common subject usually in regards to the following two circumstances:
- When mums are feeding breastmilk from the breast and then via a bottle, a baby has to get used to the difference between accepting milk through your breast and the teat of a bottle which may feel different. The goal here is for the baby to accept being fed via both breast and bottle.
- When a mum decides to stop exclusively feeding from the breast and wants to move the baby on to using a bottle for all their feeds (often by formula milk).
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.