Breastfeeding is often the best for your baby, as it does contains all the nutrients and protection for your baby but it really isn’t the only choice. It is really good for you to be able to breastfeed your baby for at least six months because your baby then gets all the immunity from you, which will protect them from diseases in later life. It’s free and you don’t have to spend money on lots of sterilising equipment.
You can combine breast and bottle feeding at any time during the first six months to a year of your baby’s life. This can be because you need to get back to work, it could be because you just want your partner to get involved with feeding, it could be because you just don’t feel very comfortable breastfeeding outside.
If you still breastfeeding when you returning to work the best thing for you to do is actually express your own breast milk and pop it into a bottle for somebody else to be able to feed your baby.
If you’re wanting to introduce some formula feed while you’re still breastfeeding the best thing to do is do it slowly for a baby but also do it very slowly for you because you may find that your breasts become quite engorged with reducing those feeds.
There are many options of how to feed your baby but what you’ve got to choose is what’s right for you and what’s right for your baby.
About video: Health visitor Penny talks about how long it is recommended you breastfeed before moving to formula.