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OCTOBER 26, 2017

how can I successfully combination feed?

Many mums are under the misconception that breastfeeding has to be all or nothing. This is simply not the case. Mothers can have great success when mixing bottle feeding with breastfeeding sessions. In fact, combination feeding is a great option for mums who are returning to work, who want to include dad or others in feedings or are simply having trouble with breastfeeding.

Before deciding if this is the right option for you, there are a few things mums must keep in mind...

  1. Milk production is based on supply and demand. If you breastfeed or express often, your body will naturally produce more milk and vice versa. Express often to maintain a good milk supply.
  2. Combination feeding is often tricky for newborns. It requires different techniques to suck from a bottle than from a breast. Changing methods can be confusing for a young baby. Wait until breastfeeding is established before switching between bottle and breast, usually 3 – 4 weeks.

Some mums start combination feeding in order to introduce formula. Here are a few quick tips to make this a smooth transition...

  • Give your body time to adapt as it reduces the amount of milk it makes. You may need to express the first week to avoid engorgement.
  • Babies may not take to bottles at first, especially if they’ve been successfully breastfeeding. Give the first few bottles when your baby is content and relaxed. Turn the baby away from you so your baby does not try to instinctively find your breast. Alternatively, have someone else besides mum give the first few feeds
  • Try warming the formula to the same temperature as your breast milk. Remember, yoomi is the only bottle that safely returns mum’s milk to the natural temperature of breast milk!
  • Try bottle feeding your little one with expressed breast milk first to retain that similar consistency, smell and taste... then introduce formula.