Feeding your baby

WHAT METHOD OF FEEDING IS RECOMMENDED?

Breastfeeding is the recommended method of feeding for a baby for the first six months of their life. However not all women decide to breastfeed and some that do might breastfeed for less than six months. Perhaps you haven’t decided whether you are going to try breastfeeding or not, or perhaps you have some unanswered questions about how to feed your baby in the early days. Either way, we hope that this website will give you some information about the best feeding methods for your baby. We want to help you make  an informed choice (give you the best information in a way that makes sense to you) about how to feed your baby when your little one/ones arrive.

WHAT DO YOU ALREADY KNOW?

You may already know a lot about breastfeeding, or perhaps you would like to learn more. You may have seen your friends or members of your family breastfeed their babies around you, or you may have seen somebody breastfeed their baby out in public. Sometimes women can feel worried or anxious about how they are going to know how to breastfeed their baby. There is a lot of information out there and it can be difficult to know what to believe.

Below you will find some facts about breastfeeding. These facts are evidence-based and refer to the benefits of breastfeeding for you and your baby.

  • Breastfeeding is a great way to get your baby off to the best start.
  • Breast milk is the best food your baby can have – it’s tailor-made for your baby.
  • Breast milk boosts your baby’s ability to fight illness and infection in their first six months.
  • Babies who aren’t breastfed are more likely to get diarrhoea and respiratory infections.
  • Breastfeeding lowers your risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, and burns about 500 calories a day.
  • Breastfeeding is a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your baby.

BOTTLE FEEDING

Once your baby’s latch is properly established bottle feeding can be a great way to enable partners/family to help to feed your baby so that you can get some rest. Expressing your breast milk enables somebody else to feed your baby for you, whilst you being sure that they are still getting the best nutrients for them.

COMBINATION FEEDING

Combination feeding refers to when a baby is by breast milk and formula as well. Some mums decide to combination feed, for a variety of reasons. Although it is recommended that a baby is exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their life, it will not harm their health to be fed both breast milk and formula milk as part of their diet in the early days.