Whilst some mums choose not to breastfeed and some cannot, there are some mums who choose to combination feed. This includes combining breast and bottle feeding, the latter of which can include feeding expressed breastmilk or formula milk. The NHS states that whilst it is possible to combination feed, it’s best to wait until breastfeeding is established3. If a mum is considering combination feeding, it’s important that they discuss this feeding option with a healthcare professional such as a midwife or health visitor.
It’s important that parents choosing to combination feed their baby have the right support from healthcare professionals to ensure that breastfeeding can continue alongside the introduction of expressed breastmilk or formula milk.
In the latest episode of the BEAT podast, Midwives Avril and Pip discuss how to support parents who choose different feeding journeys.
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