When you are pregnant so much information focuses on the birth of the baby but in our experience feeding your baby is a lot more difficult than what we expected. With this in mind, we thought we would share some information that might help you feel better prepared.
We have worked with many families over the years and truly believe that all families are unique and what works for one family might not work for another family. Our families are made up differently, and we all have needs that are unique to us, making each dyad completely incomparable.
Most mums-to-be think that breastfeeding will come naturally, however, this is not always the case. Although we know that breasfeading is recommended it doesn’t always work. A baby my have dificulty latching or have tongue tie or some other reason for not being able to breasfeed in which case bottle feeding is the only option.
Some mums need to go back to work or want to share the responsibility of feeds with their partner or loved ones. In this case, breastfeeding is not a suitable option and they may choose to express or formula feed. Every family is different and has different circumstances and needs so you need to choose what is right for you.
Breastfeeding is really useful as there is no need to prepare bottles in advance and babies are breastfed on demand, meaning you don’t need to stick to a rigid schedule.
Many breastfeeding mothers really enjoy the experience of bonding so closely with their babies. And the skin-to-skin contact can enhance the emotional connection between mother and baby.
Lots of women think they would like to breastfeed and then change their minds and vice-versa. From our experience it is really useful to get good experience and knowledge from professionals before your baby is born if you think you’d like to breastfeed or aren’t sure or have any questions.
Commercially prepared infant formulas are advised if you decide you want to formula feed or cannot breastfeed. These are made up of nutrients that the baby needs to ensure they get what they require.
There are so many brands to choose from and it can feel like a bit of a mine field. I would ask any mums that you know what they use, and if your baby doesn’t seem to take to one type of formula don’t be afraid to try a different in a week or so to see if there is another one they prefer.
You can get disposable bottles or have some bottles and a steriliser so that you can sterilise the bottles. I recommend only buying one or two bottles to begin with as your baby may not like it – we went through 3 or 4 brands before finding the right one.
We even know mothers who use donor milk (this is milk from another mother). For more information on donor milk go to.
Here are some resources which may help you gain some knowledge on feeding your baby.
Breastfeeding support – https://www.laleche.org.uk/
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