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How to Combine Bottle Feeding with Breast Feeding

Oftentimes, bottle feeding and breastfeeding are considered as two mutually exclusive methods. What most people may not realise is that these two go much further when used to complement one another. From the baby’s perspective, the two can be wildly different. Although baby feeding tits are designed to mimic the nipple, there are differences that come up when they suckle. There are ways that one can use to ensure that the two are combined in a way that works for both baby and mother. We have found a great tutorial that will take you through this.

I know you're supposed to go and I am
 here to chat with you about bottles or
 you're breastfed baby and this might be
 a question for some of you you're like
 will i breastfeed what do I need bottles
 for well you might if you're a working
 mom you might need to introduce your
 kiddo to a bottle just to kind of get
 them used to the idea because you won't
 be around all the time or you know if
 you want an occasional date night out
 you might want somebody else being able
 to feed your baby that's definitely a
 bonus or if you want your partner to be
 able to help with feedings or if they
 have a desire to help with feedings
 having your baby super comfortable
 taking a bottle is a good thing it's
 generally advised if you're going to be
 a stay-at-home mom and you're only going
 to use a bottling occasionally generally
 advised to wait about four to six weeks
 to introduce a bottle but if you lead a
 really busy lifestyle and if you're a
 working mom you're going to want to
 probably introduce even earlier than
 that I waited the full six weeks to
 introduce a bottle to Harrison and it
 was a nightmare
 I'm telling you so he is my first kid
 that I have breastfed my daughter was a
 NICU baby and so she was model baby a
 long story short I am a first time
 breastfeeding mom but I you know I read
 on the internet and they're like nipple
 confusion don't introduce the bottle
 early Dada Dada Dada I wish I would have
 introduced it a little earlier because
 he is a chance dressier he's 21 months
 and he's still is breastfeeding so yeah
 he is a chance I mean I waited because I
 wanted to make sure that we had a good
 milk supply established in a good
 nursing relationship but honestly I wish
 that a couple of his feedings early in
 his life would have been bottle feedings
 because it was just it was really rough
 introducing into the bottle so I would
 say if you were a busy person or if
 you're a mom who's planning to go back
 to work I would say somewhere between
 like the two and three week March to
 start introducing your baby to a bottle
 or if your baby seems to be a really
 good nursery right from the jump like
 maybe introduce it even earlier than
 that so it's ultimately up to you when
 you introduce your baby to a bottle but
 there are a few factors to consider so
 one of the most common reasons for
 parents to introduce a bottle to their
 baby is if
 mom or if the primary parent is going to
 be going back to where so you're going
 to need your baby to take a bottle or be
 fed by someone else for us that was
 breast milk in his bottle but some
 people transition a baby to formula for
 those of you who are working moms and
 who will need to have your baby a
 transition to a bottle before you go
 back to work or being able to go back
 and forth to a bottle I highly recommend
 doing it as early as possible if you're
 having struggles with nursing maybe wait
 a little bit longer but if your baby is
 like a really really great nurse er
 earlier the better honestly that way
 it's never like a weird thing that you
 have to introduce to your baby and
 there's lots and lots of bottles out
 there that are breastfeeding friendly so
 there's less chance of getting nipple
 confusion and I'm actually planning to
 do a video like review of some of those
 bottles so hang tight or hit that
 subscribe button so that you don't miss
 that and then another tip this is kind
 of a side note for working moms try to
 spend I don't know a couple hours at a
 time away from your baby and I know this
 can be super hard especially when
 they're really little but you want them
 to get used to being in the care of
 someone else so we would do like a
 couple of little playdates with the
 person who was going to care for
 Harrison and like Brian would
 occasionally take Karason while I like
 have shower and maybe did a couple of
 other things but it's important that
 your baby knows that other people will
 be taking care of them other than just
 mom so if you are going back to work you
 want to make that transition as smooth
 as possible so a question that I get all
 the time when I say that to moms when I
 say introduce the bottle a little bit on
 the earlier side is why not wait to
 introduce the bottle until you know you
 absolutely have to go back to work why
 not just let baby and mom have that
 bonding time
 so in my experience like breastfed
 babies generally prefer mom like think
 about it if you were a little baby like
 you would want to be close to the smell
 that you recognize that's good to skin
 and somebody like stroking your hair
 while you're having your snack of course
 a little baby is going to prefer to be
 breastfed so the earlier that you can
 introduce that bottle the easier the
 transition will be and baby will see
 that they will still get all the
 snuggles from mom but they will also
 still sometimes have to eat from this
 little bottle thing
 if your toe is having a difficult time
 taking a bottle at first just know that
 eventually your baby will take a bottle
 and it might be kind of rough if they
 don't like the bottle or if they're a
 kid like Harrison that only wants to
 breastfeed it took our daycare gal say
 like a week or two weeks to really get
 Harrison good on a bottle but eventually
 when I wasn't around when he couldn't
 you know see that hey I want to go eat
 with her instead when he could see that
 his only option really was the bottle he
 took it just fine so it might be kind of
 a struggle your baby might get a little
 bit upset and that's really sad and hard
 but just know that eventually your baby
 will take a bottle if one brand of
 bottles not working keep trying we tried
 how many different bottles and honestly
 the only one that really works for us is
 the comb Otomo different bottles will
 work for different babies I will go
 ahead and link to Como Telmo down below
 so if you are a breastfeeding mom and
 you want your baby to be able to take a
 bottle I know that one is recommended
 for breastfeeding babies I'll go ahead
 and link it down below and a couple
 maybe I'll link a couple of other ones
 down below as well just so you guys can
 have some options from this video but if
 you are a breastfeeding and bottle
 feeding mom or if you started out
 breastfeeding in the new transition to
 bottle feeding and pumping or bottle
 feeding exclusively with formula however
 you did it
 feel free to leave any tips that you
 have done below as well we are a
 wonderful community here and I love to
 have others share their experiences and
 help everybody out so go ahead and leave
 those down in the comments below if you
 have questions about bottle feeding and
 breastfeeding and that kind of thing
 also please leave those in the comments
 below and I'll do my best to answer them
 I am a mom I'm not like a lactation
 specialist or anything but I have had a
 lot of experience with breastfeeding and
 you know I have a lot of knowledge of
 the subject so I can answer or direct
 you to someone who can answer your
 question a little bit better so thank
 you guys so so much for being here if
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Bottle-Feeding Techniques for Travelling

Even if you are breastfeeding it may become impossible to do this when you are travelling. The baby will not be taking a break from being hungry. He/she will need to be fed. Formula Feeding becomes the most obvious choice in such cases. For those that do not normally use this method, it can be quite difficult to do it while on route. Parents that use baby formula on a daily basis or on occasion will find some challenges arising as well when the environment is changed. As such, we have found a great resource created by a mother going through this phase. It covers some of the ways to prepare as well as what you ought to be mindful of.

hi everyone I'm just making this video
 to show you how to travel on an
 international flight or a short haul
 flight if you are traveling and
 wondering how to feed your baby on an
 airplane this is also good if you're
 just going out for the day and you need
 to bring some food along so I have some
 items here
 that you'll be bring in with you on the
 plane this is the thermos or container
 this will be where you put your hot
 water this is the thermos case this is
 what the thermos goes into as you can
 see this product is made by a vent
 Philips and the thermos screws in to the
 bottom and then you can put the top over
 the sermons it's specifically made for
 babies and the nice thing about this
 product is that when you're on the
 airplane
 you not only have your hot water in the
 thermos but you also have a container
 where you can fill the hot water and
 then place your bottle inside and that
 will heat the milk or formula for your
 baby so the things that you'll need to
 bring with you is a thermos with hot
 water you can have this plastic
 container but it's not necessary and I
 will explain why and a little bit you
 also need one or two or three bottles
 depending on the flight duration you
 will need some
 milk bags these are breast milk bags but
 I'm using them for formula if you're
 interested in the the brand
 it's called lansinoh brand I'm not sure
 if you can see there and these are for
 breast milk they are BPA bps free so you
 don't have to worry about leaching and
 all that stuff and you're also going to
 want formula whatever formula your baby
 is drinking and just some regular water
 room temperature water and a little
 washcloth or spit-up rag so what I did
 what I like to do is figure out how long
 your flight is so in our case we had a
 nine hour international flight and you
 want to find out how much your baby is
 going to be eating during that flight so
 we figured that our baby ate every two
 hours so on a nine hour flight that's
 about for about four feedings but you
 may want to bring some extra food just
 in case there's a delay or yeah
 something happens so what we ended up
 doing was we brought this big container
 of formula on the plane with us in our
 hand luggage and we also brought some I
 put some formula in the plastic bags so
 that I didn't have to scoop out formula
 while I was on the plane and I put these
 in the diaper bag so then what you want
 to do is fill your bag with
 however much formula your baby's eating
 and you can store this in your diaper
 bag as I mentioned just ready for when
 your baby's hungry and also I like to
 fill the bottle with water
 room-temperature water so that it's
 ready to go for when my baby's hungry so
 you would just fill the bottle with
 water and have that ready in your diaper
 bag for the first feeding on the plane
 so then when you have when you have the
 water in your container there's two
 things you can do you can either fill
 this all the way with that amount of
 water you will need to mix with the
 formula and then you can take the hot
 water out of the thermos pour it into
 the plastic container then put the
 bottle inside and wait for it to warm or
 what I found was better and faster is
 just fill your water bottle just fill
 the bottle with water up to maybe an
 ounce or twenty to thirty milliliters of
 room-temperature water and then fill the
 rest of the amount of water that you
 need with the hot water from the thermos
 so then your water is instantly warm of
 course you want to check that it's not
 too hot so you'll check the water on
 your wrist but if you do it frequently
 enough and you do it before the flight
 then you'll probably know what your
 ratio is and if it's going to be warm
 enough or too hot so then after you
 fill the water with your room
 temperature water and your hot water
 then you're going to open the bag and
 pour the water into the bag I won't do
 it now but you're going to fill this up
 and then seal the bag tightly it has a
 double double closure so it's really not
 gonna spill anywhere and then you're
 going to shake it up mix it up and so
 that the formula dissolves really well
 and and yeah when it's ready when it's
 mixed well then you will place the ball
 place the place the formula carefully
 inside of the bottle like this and then
 open the top fold the top over the mouth
 of your bottle you want to make sure you
 have a bottle where the bag can easily
 fit over the top I'm using mam ma m
 brand bottles and then you take your top
 bottle top nipple and you screw it on to
 the top and it screws easily without a
 problem and then you can feed your baby
 and as you're feeding your baby the bag
 will collapse on itself there's no
 problem with the milk getting to the
 nipple my babies never had a problem
 drinking and if you're familiar with the
 place text drop in system it's similar
 and they say that it's good for babies
 with reflux because there's less air in
 the bottle but I'm not sure that's true
 and the
 not Playtex drop in this is just a
 regular breast milk bag I did contact
 the lansinoh company they said that they
 do not recommend filling the bags with
 water like using them for travel the way
 that I am but I did it and didn't have a
 problem and yeah they're BPA bps free
 you store breast milk in them anyway so
 I thought it would be fine yeah and so
 then also just in if you're traveling
 with someone maybe you're asleep and
 they don't know the amount of water to
 formula ratio what you can do is take a
 sharpie and write on your bag the amount
 of water so I need two hundred and ten
 milliliters of water for this amount of
 formula so then whoever you're traveling
 with knows okay 210 that's how much
 water in total we need to make formula
 and sometimes after you place the bag
 inside of the bottle and you screw the
 top on there's still a little bit of
 milk on the outer edge of the bag
 because for you mixed it so then you can
 take your little cloth or a wipe or
 anything and then just wipe the milk off
 that way it doesn't get on you or the
 baby and
 after your baby is done eating then the
 top will be dirty not sterilized and so
 you're wondering well what can I do if
 I'm on a long-haul flight and I need to
 feed my baby eight times on the airplane
 so what we did was we brought eight
 bottle tops with us it has the plastic
 top and then the nipple part and the
 part that screws on so we brought
 something like six or eight of these
 with us in separate bag and so I brought
 one bag with tops and one empty bag so
 this is our clean bag this has all the
 clean tops and this other plastic bag I
 marked it as our dirty bag so when we
 had a dirty tops and I would put it in
 here so this is still clean because this
 just had a plastic bag in it so all we
 did was take the plastic used bag of
 formula out we dumped out any liquid
 that we may have had left into the
 airplane bathroom sink and we just threw
 the bag away and then with the dirty top
 I put it inside of the bag marked 30 and
 then our bottle was ready for the next
 feeding so then I took my clean bag with
 the clean top
 and I put a new clean one on the bottle
 and it was ready for the next feeding
 and then the next feeding we had another
 bag that was already ready and then you
 go through the same process you fill
 your container your bottle with the
 amount of water that you want then you
 put the water inside the bag mix the bag
 and mix the formula then you put the bag
 inside the bottle screw the top on your
 baby drinks the milk when they're done
 you put this use top into the dirty bag
 and then you put a clean top on so
 that's how you can fly on an airplane
 you might wonder what you can bring with
 you we were able to bring a whole
 container a formula in our tech baggage
 and these little pre-made bags that I
 made in the diaper bag that we also
 carried on we were able to bring one and
 a half liters of water you are able to
 bring water for your baby's formula as
 long as it's a reasonable amount and we
 were also able to bring a container of
 hot water in this thermos with the top
 on but they will check they will ask to
 look in your in your bag your diaper bag
 they will ask to check the formula and
 the water and they put it in a machine
 to test it to make sure you know
 everything is safe and you're not
 carrying anything dangerous onto the
 plane so you should take some time
 to get to the airport early and just
 know that they're going to have to check
 these items but you can bring these
 items with you some people suggest it
 online that you could ask the flight
 attendants to heat the bottle for you
 with warm or hot water that they use to
 make coffee and tea it's also not really
 recommended to do that because the water
 you're not sure if it's really bacteria
 free so you really if your child is a
 small child so a newborn one two three
 months i really suggest that you bring
 bottled water and yeah do not use the
 water in the airplane bathroom
 they're usually signs that say this is
 not drinkable water so definitely don't
 use that you could ask the airline
 people to warm your water for you they
 could give you hot water and something
 like this and you could warm your bottle
 that way if you just bring in
 room-temperature water but we had to
 feed our baby so many times so with that
 I just didn't want to bother the staff
 with bringing us hot water each time and
 honestly if you fill this with hot water
 and then you use it in your bottle it's
 much faster much much faster you don't
 have to wait at all for the water to
 warm up also you may be wondering well
 how long does hot water stay hot in a
 thermos and we actually did some
 experiments
 at home before we took a thermos with us
 on our flight we had three different
 sizes of thermoses we had this one we
 had a small cup type of thermos and we
 had a very large thermos and all of them
 retain heat really well the largest
 container that we used held hot water
 for 16 hours the smallest one held hot
 water for I think 5 hours and this one
 held hot water for about 10 hours I
 think so it was plenty plenty of time
 for us for and for our flight and the
 baby had hot water also if you're not
 concerned with heating your baby's
 formula you could just bring regular
 room-temperature water and just use the
 bag system with room temperature water
 if your baby doesn't mind drinking their
 milk that way so when I'm going out to
 run errands or something like that this
 is also really convenient or if you're
 doing something like hiking and you
 don't want to bring everything with you
 what can you bring so usually what I do
 is I will make a couple so it depends on
 how long we're out but one or two or
 three bags like this filled with formula
 and I will fill this with water and put
 a top on it and bring this and that's it
 and we're good to go sometimes if we're
 out for a little bit longer then I'll
 bring you an extra top and
 dirty bag to keep the dirty Thompson but
 if you're going out you just need one or
 two of these bags some water in a bottle
 maybe an extra top and the hot water if
 if your baby likes hot water for if you
 don't have any water at home you can
 bring the formula and the bag the bottle
 and an extra top and you can buy bottled
 water while you're out at the store so
 that's it if you have any questions
 please leave questions in the comments
 below thanks
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What is the Best Bottle Weaning Method

One of the most interesting things that we have come across is how the methods and ideas behind bottle weaning vary from one place to another. This is different between individuals and cultures. Most of these methods are passed down from one generation to the next. In some cases, mothers sort of discover them off the cuff. This is to say that you will know them when you encounter the situation. The resource below is one that will be incredibly helpful for mothers no matter what stage of development your child is at.

If you are still in the feeding stage, Baby formulas are a good option.

what made me realize that my son was
 becoming less of a newborn was when he
 started crawling under pressure from
 isola was started walking once i winds
 are offering it was much easier and it
 was a good milestone because i didn't
 have to buy the warnekros no more
 bottles
 it was better for my pocket
 a baby doesn't need a bottle at six
 months most babies can hold a cup and
 are quite happy to do so
 when they turn one they should be
 switching from a bottle to a cup and
 they should be transitioning from
 formula to milk so it's actually a great
 time to make the change because you're
 also changing what they drink milk you
 know has a lot of calcium
 you know vitamin D in the right amount
 milk is great for you but too large of
 an amount is being given to children and
 it's causing other problems that are
 then harder to deal with they tend to
 drink more if it's from the bottle for
 some reason more than you know and
 drinking from a sippy cup a one-year-old
 child should have no more than 16 ounces
 of whole milk every day from a cup it
 becomes when it's coming from the cup
 but from the bottle it's unlimited it
 goes on and on and there are three main
 problems that we want families to know
 about when it comes to drinking too much
 milk the first is iron deficiency anemia
 milk has an ability to block the
 absorption of iron into the body and so
 the child drinks too much milk then some
 of the nutrients they're getting from
 the food that they eat aren't going to
 make it into their body to help them
 grow the way it should and that's
 especially important for helping their
 brain develop the second thing is what
 doctors and dentists often refer to as
 baby bottle tooth decay
 nothing underhanded open more stickers I
 need no but I wrote the anthem and that
 can happen when particularly a child is
 put to bed at night with a bottle and
 doesn't have their teeth brushed after
 they drink the milk and the milk can
 pull up in the mouth and spends all
 night sort of eating into the teeth in
 creating the cavities I've had patients
 in the past who the child comes in at
 age two with full mouth of dental caries
 which if left untreated it could get
 bigger and then eventually become a
 fully severe decay to the point that it
 breaks down completely a lot of people
 don't realize that the primary teeth
 they're there to serve a function at the
 greatest stage of the children which is
 when they're growing these teeth
 basically serve as a space maintainer
 for the permanent teeth that are growing
 underneath if the primary teeth are lost
 early before they're supposed to there
 is always a chance that when the
 permanent teeth that are growing
 underneath could be shifted which would
 lead to basically further treatment into
 orthodontia and braces the American
 Academy of pediatric dentistry normally
 recommends children from switching from
 bottle and drinking out of a cup by age
 one and that's our recommendation as
 well
 there it is so the most important thing
 is if your child is going to have some
 milk or any other snack before bed make
 sure you brush those teeth and get them
 wiped off before they go to my dentist
 and then the third thing that we always
 want the families to know is this link
 between the milk and a child potentially
 becoming overweight milk has the same
 kind of calories that food does and if
 they drink too much milk they're adding
 extra calories into their day that they
 lately don't need but one of the other
 challenges with bottles is that when a
 child cries the instinct often is to
 give him a bottle to help him calm down
 and so it becomes essentially a 180
 calorie pacifier so this is we compare
 the milk to how many calories in an
 actual egg if you if they tell me oh I
 give them four bottles a day in calories
 is the equivalent of the calories and
 eight eggs so a lot of times we'll say
 to the parents would you actually feed
 your child eight eggs in one day and
 they say wow the first bottle to stop is
 in the afternoon no problem you can give
 them a cup of milk if the child is old
 enough to ask for a bottle you can give
 them a bottle of water and they're gonna
 cry
 right that's not what they ask any other
 time if your child Falls if your child
 loses a special toy what are those same
 things you're gonna do to comfort them
 you're gonna pick them up you're gonna
 hold them you're gonna find something to
 distract them I think once these
 spontaneous by the spring
 something different she just he's
 distracted unless he's like hungry to
 try alternating the sippy cup in the
 bottle to try no bottle all day and then
 a little bottle at night and I think
 every child is different and you have to
 look to your child to see what's working
 some of the tips that moms have found
 helpful including myself when my son was
 one first of all is to kind of make it a
 special occasion so you can start even
 ahead of time by taking the child to the
 store and letting him pick out a cup so
 that he's involved in making that change
 I can get something he's excited about
 I'm proud to have how I started it with
 my daughter that way I'm like it's
 battle off how I did it with her and
 then we do it also with him because I
 don't want her to grow up in them their
 teeth start getting messed up and get
 used to the bottom go everywhere with
 the battle too much it's okay if the
 child cries the problem is what does the
 parent do when the child cries is just
 hold them in stay calm and by the child
 being physically attached to a
 physically calm person they begin to
 acquire the skills of calming down you
 spend a lot of time thinking about it in
 your head and whirring how's it gonna go
 what if they're gonna cry what am I
 gonna do and then the kids actually have
 an easier time with a lot of times that
 mothers do and that if you stick with it
 it really does happen pretty quickly the
 way I got her mouth was by
 using a straw he liked the straw lines
 he saw mommy and daddy using the straw
 so he wanted to use a straw and that
 helped me get the bottle way from him
 faster we offered it at six months and
 she took to it right away she was very
 excited she was sort of breathing
 excitedly when they grow out of diapers
 your relief because that's a mess and
 who wants to keep doing that all the
 time but when they go from a bottle to a
 cup and they gave up that bottle and you
 think about when they were babies and
 the bottles and packing them we're going
 to go out and you just always associate
 bottle with baby and when you start
 eliminating the bottle does that mean
 that you don't have a baby anymore and
 for a lot of moms that's really hard at
 first I felt sad but then quickly I felt
 proud that my baby was showing that this
 development and these steps that I had
 heard about but not yet experienced and
 it helped me prepare for the next stage
 of walking and talking just to feel more
 proud of him than worried that he's
 growing
 so no later they have to grow up sooner
 or later anyway so it's not I wouldn't
 say painful but it's a it's a privilege
 and a joy to see them go to they get
 their milestones I'm very happy my baby
 is what he must die my sleep is very
 nice
 you
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Breast and Bottle Feeding Techniques

Whether you are using a bottle or breastfeeding your baby, it is important that you strike the perfect balance between the two methods. More than anything, you also want to put yourself in a position in which you understand all techniques at your disposal. There is a great resource that we found that was created by a group of healthcare professionals. Spend some time watching the clip and the transcript below if you would prefer that.

If you are wondering about what formulas to give your baby check out our post on the best baby formulas.

while most new moms know that
 breastfeeding is the best for their baby
 a vast majority of information that's
 out there is just not clear enough the
 American Academy of Pediatrics has
 specific recommendations for giving our
 babies the best start in life here's dr.
 Tanya Altman with more on the subject
 the American Academy of Pediatrics
 recommends exclusively breastfeeding for
 the first six months of life and then
 adding in some solids or complimentary
 food and continuing to breastfeed until
 at least twelve months of age and as
 long really as a mom and baby desire you
 can breastfeed as long as you're
 enjoying it and your baby's enjoying it
 breast milk is really the best source of
 nutrition for your infant there's so
 many wonderful benefits so breastfeed as
 long as you can but especially for the
 first six to twelve months of life well
 even if your children are very grown up
 now chances are you still have vivid
 memories of how each of them nursed when
 they were babies I know I do it can be
 an intense and challenging time with
 some very important nursing decisions
 involved that affect both your baby and
 everyone else in your family and
 speaking of families with new babies
 we'd like to introduce you to one right
 now this is Sebastian
 Alexandra syska he was born a month ago
 and he's very serious about his feeding
 time my name is kishna Sisca and i have
 four kids now i have a 14 year old 12
 year old and nine and a half year old
 and newborn who's a month old I really
 enjoy breastfeeding for multiple
 different reasons one the bonding you
 get to experience with the baby is
 special and unique to breast milk is
 best I've had times where I was
 seriously ill with other
 it's that when I was breastfeeding in
 the baby we never got anything I really
 enjoy breastfeeding and it's really
 relaxing and the baby gets really
 relaxed and the mom really relaxed the
 beautiful thing about breastfeeding is
 that I find you lose the baby weight
 that's also a plus that I found yeah I
 had to supplement with formula for my
 first one and she was the worst nurser
 and lost too much weight and she'd sleep
 on the boat so she nursed for five
 minutes and then fall flat asleep my
 second one was an excellent nurse er she
 was fantastic I never had to supplement
 she breastfed till 15 months and my
 third one was a good nurse or two but he
 stopped at seven months when he started
 fighting fighting did real quick and
 this one he's doing really well he's a
 good nurse er but this one I'm going
 back to work earlier than I did with my
 other three so I'm gonna be
 making bottles so I think it's gonna go
 well as a working mom my breast pump was
 my best friend I took it with me to work
 every day I traveled around the country
 speaking with my breast pump
 sometimes my baby came with me but I
 could always bring him with me so I
 would leave him at home take my breast
 pump with me collect breast milk fly
 home with a cooler stored in the
 refrigerator or the freezer and the
 caregivers would provide my sons with my
 breast milk and of course I wanted a
 nurse as much as possible but I could
 always be there 24/7 so as a working mom
 I did my best to provide my both my boys
 with my breast milk and sometimes that
 came from me and sometimes it came from
 my breast pump but I think the most
 important thing is to be flexible we
 know that it's important to breastfeed
 and we know that's the best thing for
 our children but we can't always be with
 them so luckily with today's modern
 conveniences there are so many ways to
 be away from your baby and still provide
 the baby with your breast milk I'm sure
 so many moms out there can relate to the
 very real issues decisions and stress
 associated with nursing but if you're
 feeling that stress today know that
 you're not alone in fact experts say
 Nursing is one of the most important and
 most challenging aspects of motherhood
 I can definitely relate to that and
 that's why I can't wait to introduce you
 to our next guests they've got the
 a-to-z on all things Nursing I've got
 Jenny Lockwood Mulaney from the infant
 feeding brand Tommee Tippee here and
 registered nurse and board certified
 lactation consultant and Marie Sawicki
 welcome ladies what a great topic to
 talk about a hot topic to talk about I
 went through it it was very rewarding
 but also very stressful I know so you
 deal with both stay-at-home moms and you
 deal with career moms yes from all of
 your experiences what would you say is
 the driving force that that makes them
 decide whether to nurse or to
 bottle-feed
 truly is a personal decision for every
 mom every mom wants to do the best for
 their baby and they know the health
 benefits and breast milk is the best
 choice every mom should know that a
 little bit of breast milk is better than
 none and more is better than some and
 that's where I come in I get him off to
 the right start right it's hard in the
 beginning the first
 I'm not gonna lie to you it is hard but
 getting all the first week yeah it's
 it's worth it I don't want to underscore
 that but it is it's not something you
 just step into or fall into so let's
 talk about the challenges both for
 breastfeeding and for bottle feeding yes
 challenges getting off to the right
 start knowing how breastfeeding works
 having a little bit of knowledge about
 how breastfeeding works getting educated
 with their significant other going to
 prenatal classes and then having a
 health care provider that's going to
 support them and their views on how
 they're gonna feed their baby do you
 think one of the major challenges is
 just not having to support them well
 your you experience the challenges some
 moms um have to go back to work some
 moms or stay-at-home moms but they also
 want the ability to go back and forth
 from breast to bottle and you might have
 to use a breast pump to get you started
 talk about that Jenny you I have three
 children two of which with preemies yeah
 that had its own set of challenges can
 you tell us about those yep well each
 baby is different and each one of them
 brings their own experience of
 breastfeeding
 so even when you've breastfed one the
 second and third it could be a very
 different experience again which was the
 case with me my four oldest was
 full-term and latched pretty readily but
 then second baby preemie needed support
 in the hospital needed feeding tubes and
 all that extra pumping to get the milk
 supply established and to get something
 that he would take by mouth was a big
 challenge and then the third one had her
 own personality so it's different every
 time yeah every every woman every baby
 so certainly the relationship between
 the body and the baby and the products
 and equipment I think most people should
 know that even though you choose to
 exclusively breastfeed at some point you
 might be transitioning and you may need
 a bottle and in your experience do most
 women both breastfeed and at some point
 use bottle yes the majority of moms
 don't have the luxury of staying at home
 at some point we they do have to return
 back to work the majority of the
 workforce are women and a good portion
 of those are of childbearing age so a
 pump to continue the breast smell
 is gonna make it a lot easier Jenny you
 are as we said a mom of three but you
 also work for Tommee Tippee which is an
 award-winning infant feeding company
 been around for 50 years and they're all
 about extension right it's about
 allowing women to breastfeed for as long
 as they want or to getting get going
 even further than they expected yeah and
 they have some really great products
 that help them do that can you tell me a
 little bit of what they've done
 to sort of help women get through this
 time sure well we're all about trying to
 make life easier for moms and families
 and Nursing is its own rewarding
 experience for sure but in those cases
 where mom isn't nursing you still have
 to get that milk into the baby through a
 bottle so there's a variety of options
 to do that our newest launch is actually
 called pump and go and the real
 innovation here is that it has a single
 pouch mom pumps directly into the pouch
 she uses an adapter from her hospital
 grade pump or her personal pump pumps
 right in here puts the lid on and then
 she stores warms and feeds from the same
 pouch so there's none of that
 transferring pouring the risk of
 spilling we don't want to lose a drop
 liquid so pump and go allows mom to then
 take this pouch snaps are right into a
 bottle and feed the baby but it also
 starts with a nipple because the comfort
 the baby experiences while bottle
 feeding has a lot to do with mouthfeel
 and what their experience is silicone
 nipples can feel a lot like Mom's nipple
 they have a lot of pliability they move
 in every direction they can take on the
 warmth of the formula or the milk that's
 behind them they also have a venting
 system that moves the air through so
 that it's a comfortable and smooth feed
 so today's bottles and nipples aren't
 the ones our mothers used yes I don't
 think they were the ones that I use to
 be honest five years ago yep so our
 latest innovation actually involves
 taking the nipple and putting it
 off-center and why is that it allows the
 milk to stay in one continuous direction
 so that baby can feed in a very
 continuous way it's smooth it's
 comfortable it's baby lead they can
 control the flow better it has a contour
 zone which is more like mom's breasts
 and overall bottles and the innovation
 behind them are making breast to bottle
 transition smoother and easier for
 families
 well how lucky are we to live at a time
 when we get such great support and have
 such great products to make this process
 a little bit easier thank you ladies so
 much for joining us today such great
 information and you can head straight to
 Tommee Tippee com to learn more and of
 course you can also head to access
 health TV welcome back as many of you
 are well aware every baby is different
 some love breastfeeding and some love
 bottle feeding and some actually love
 both but what about baby Sebastian let's
 check back with the syska family and
 find out a for weeks which is the age of
 my infant I started transitioning
 pumping and having him start to get used
 to the nipple from this age so that
 going back to work it's not like a
 stressful thing leaving him and him not
 wanting to take the bottle properly and
 all that good stuff the brand I've been
 using they didn't have it around when I
 had my other kids I have my own business
 I'm a physical therapist I my own
 practice so when I go back I'm gonna do
 a gradual transition you know a couple
 hours at a time and then gradually get
 to a full day so the Tommee Tippee pump
 and go system you get the sterile bags
 you get the various nipples depending on
 the age of the baby you get the
 transitioning tops that can go from the
 pump to the bottle and I like the wider
 bottles the Tommee Tippee comes with the
 wider bottle the baby when the baby does
 eventually get to hold it's easy
 and some of those skinny narrow ones and
 it comes with the the nipple that's very
 similar to nature soft and supple not a
 hard thick plastic the pump and go
 system with transitioning from being
 with your baby to going back to work
 from being able to create a time at work
 to pump the bottles for your baby for
 the next day or for when you head home I
 find to be an easy system very doable
 very no nonsense
 and I recommend it to new moms
 transitioning back to work and fretting
 or worrying about how they are gonna be
 able to still take care of their baby
 with the breast milk and continue that
 breastfeeding time for as long as I can
 myself being you know the babies know
 your smell and they know you and they
 know what's about to happen
 whatever they come close to you with the
 nursing so then we say the moms not the
 one to be to feed the bottle when you do
 pump at work they go into those sterile
 plastic bags and the plastic bag goes
 straight into the fridge I don't have to
 worry about it spilling or worry about
 the transitioning from when I pump to
 putting it into the fridge that I might
 spill it or lose some or bacteria
 getting in there so this guy he's I
 started pumping last week and he's been
 taking the bottle so I'm looking I think
 it'll work out I had a beautiful family
 we wish the CC goes and all of your
 growing families the very best we'll be
 right back
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How to Pace Bottle Feed a Breastfed Baby

One of the most commonly asked questions that we have received so far is how to assist your baby in the transition from breast to bottle feeding. The key thing that should be considered in this case is the fact that the focus of this exercise does not have to be wholly focused on moving to bottle from the breast. It is rather, a method that can also be used when mommy needs rest. There are certain things that the baby becomes used to when they are breastfed. One of these is the aid of the mother. Here is a great aid that we found that should be of help in explaining and demonstrating all of this.

Be sure to check out our post on baby formulas as well.

what I'm going to show you today is how
 to do paste bottle-feeding paste
 bottle-feeding is a method of
 bottle-feeding
 a baby that is designed to more closely
 mimic breastfeeding and it allows the
 baby to paste the feed and control how
 much milk they take and I like to
 compare it to if you've ever been out to
 lunch with a good friend and found
 yourself chatting throughout the whole
 lunch and realized at the end of lunch
 you've only eaten half of your sandwich
 but you're full and compare that to
 maybe if you've ever at another time
 been really really hungry and sat down
 to eat and eaten really quickly and
 realized by the time you were finished
 that you were actually more full than as
 comfortable
 so paste bottle feeding is designed to
 mimic the conversation of breastfeeding
 a little bit like going out to lunch
 with friends so how do you do it there's
 a couple of steps to it rather than
 holding the baby flat and just putting
 the bottle in their mouth like we often
 think of for bottle feeding you're going
 to hold the baby a little bit more
 upright however is comfortable for you
 and for the baby and so you can look at
 each other but the baby's not going to
 be flat on their back they're going to
 be maybe 45 degree angle or even a
 little more upright then we are going to
 do is use the bottle and this is going
 to be a bit like breast feeding to
 tickle the baby's upper lip here and the
 baby should then reach up and latch on
 to the bottle then what you need to do
 is encourage the bottle to be pretty far
 into the baby's mouth and encourage the
 baby's lips to flange and relax around
 the outside of the bottle so that
 they're a little bit turned out around
 the bottle and then what you do rather
 than tip the bottle up like this is
 you're going to hold the bottle
 horizontal like this some folks worried
 that the baby will get a little bit of
 air during a feeding like this and
 usually burping will just take care of
 that so it's not a big deal so when that
 when you've got the baby latched on to
 the bottle like this in the bottle
 horizontal the baby will normally begin
 to drink milk from the bottle then when
 you do if you allow the baby to drink
 for about 20 to 30 second
 and then you pull the bottle down but
 leave the nipple in the baby's mouth and
 what you do is you wait until the baby
 begins to suck on the bottle nipple
 again and when the baby begins to suck
 you lift the bottle up to horizontal
 again give it another 20 or 30 seconds
 and then pull the bottle down again
 without pulling it out and again wait
 for the baby to re-engage with the
 bottle and start sucking again so you'll
 be going back and forth and back and
 forth up for 30 seconds and then down
 until the baby sucks again and so on at
 some point you'll you'll pull the bottle
 down and the baby usually what will
 happen is the baby won't start sucking
 again even if you give wait quite a
 quite a while so what you'll do then is
 just end the feeding and so it can be
 tempting if there's just a small amount
 left in the bottle to just convince the
 baby to take it but you need to respect
 the same way a breastfeeding mother
 would a baby that doesn't want any more
 that the baby's feeding is finished so
 there are a couple of reasons we do
 paste bottle feeding um one is because
 often when babies begin childcare and
 start having frequent bottles that take
 care if babies are not experiencing
 paste bottle feeding but are
 experiencing a great big bottle going in
 really quick a lot of babies enjoy the
 convenience of the fast flow and the
 shorter time it takes to feed and start
 rejecting the breast at home so this
 paste bottle feeding can keep them more
 feeding by their normal pattern another
 reason to do the paste bottle feeding is
 for childcare providers because
 breastfeeding mothers will normally be
 sending a certain amount of milk to
 daycare each day and if if a childcare
 provider isn't doing paste bottle
 feeding the baby may go through almost
 all of the milk in one or two feedings
 by the regular method but by paste
 bottle feeding a baby will typically
 take two
 three ounces and not really much more so
 the baby will will need to be fed on
 more about breast feeding schedule every
 two to three hours but we'll take the
 normal amount of milk so the milk the
 breastfeeding mother sends should last
 throughout the day and then the last
 reason which is pretty interesting is
 that a study came out recently comparing
 babies who are being bottle fed and
 babies who are being breastfed and in
 the bottles was either formula or breast
 milk and then of course the babies were
 breastfeeding were getting only breast
 milk and they found that the babies who
 are bottle feeding no matter what was in
 the bottle
 breast milk or formula had a higher risk
 for obesity at a year of age compared to
 babies who are being fed at the breast
 and one of the theories is is that by
 being fed this way and getting larger
 feedings babies get that sensation of
 being over full and learn to associate
 that with just fullness and they begin
 to think that they need to be that full
 in order to feel satisfied so taste
 bottle feeding can keep babies used to
 keeping their feedings at a more normal
 size about two to three to maybe four
 hours per feeding and hopefully prevent
 the risk of obesity that can go along
 with bottle feeding so that is paste
 bottle feeding how to do it and reasons
 for it
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How to increase breast milk output

One of the things that most mothers struggle with when breastfeeding is producing sufficient milk for their baby’s increasing needs. We have found an excellent resource for you. Here it goes. I had that postpartum haemorrhage, and even with that challenge, I was still able to go from something like 10000000 litres of breast milk in 30 minutes to now having over 1000 ounces of frozen breast milk. All the time the girls were two months old so for that reason I’m excited to share my experience with you. This post is strictly going to be about how being as it relates to breastfeeding and how I built up such a big healthy stash I do plan to do a post.

That’s I’m just about breastfeeding especially tips for breastfeeding twins a couple of disclaimers before we start number one I am not a lactation experts I’m just a mom who happened to get some advice that worked really well for me, so I’m happy to pass it on to you so just take it for what it’s worth number 2 if your baby is an efficient eater.

Nothing will stimulate your milk better than baby so no matter how suitable pumps just know that really nothing is better than Beatty and finally number 3 pumping socks I just want to put it out there because while I’m so thankful that we have breast pump so that we’re able to feed our children especially those of us that might have had specific challenges as it relates to breastfeeding and we wouldn’t be able to give them breast milk without having breast pumping.

I am one of the women in that category on the other hand they suck it just sucks in every way both literally and metaphorically sucks it’s not fun it takes up so much time that you just don’t have it takes you away from your baby or your husband other relationships that you have because you’re stuck to this thing and it’s just a lot of work bottom line I just want to share with you all what worked for me because.

At least in my experience breastfeeding and just getting my children but it was by far one of the hardest parts of being a new mom and once I got a handle on breastfeeding and pumping life just became a lot easier. So I empathize with anyone who is worried about breastfeeding or is having trouble with it now and are pumping or exclusively pumping or doing a combination of both it’s just it’s tough so I’m hoping that maybe some of these tips can help make your life a little bit easier so that you can enjoy your child there’s a lot of reasons why someone might want to build up with a freezer stash of milk may be returning to work may be your exclusively pumping or you might be someone like myself who really wanted to build up a supply so that I would have enough to feed 2 babies.

Just a quick backstory on my situation I had twin girls that were born almost 36 weeks so while they were full-term, for twins they were still premature. The more premature they are the lazy or they are with the breastfeeding you just don’t have the strength really and the sucking reflex just takes time for them to figure that out, unfortunately, your body just has this like magic window of time postpartum where it really goes into overdrive producing milk for you. So, in other words, our bodies aren’t necessarily aware that we have a premature infant or in my case, my body wasn’t aware that I had. One of them was in the Nick you for the first week I wasn’t able to breastfeed her at all our bodies are amazing in that they adjust to what baby needs.

Unfortunately like in my case where I had one premature infant who was kind of lazy at the breast and then I had another one in the Nick, really needed a lot more milk than my body thought it needed to create it’s really a perfect system of supply and demand so the more baby eats which pumping as a substitute for that in some cases more milk you create according to my do less damaging an oversupply is easiest in that critical time like a week or 2 postpartum when your milk is coming in it’s that’s the easiest time it is for you to communicate with your body that you need more milk that said.

This can still work if you’ve already been pumping or breastfeeding you just may not get as much of an oversupply as you might have if you had maybe done some of these things from the very beginning first thing I would recommend that you do is to figure out just kind of how much of an oversupply is your goal to create so for example for myself I wanted to be able to pump enough excess milk. To feed at least one twin for one day so in my case that was going to be about I wanted to be able to pump 30 ounces in a day excess milk I was pumping 8 times a day so for me that meant I wanted to in each from session to have about 4 ounces that way at the end of the day I had close to 30 houses at my peak around 2 to 3 weeks postpartum.

I was able to pump about 10 to 12 ounces and that’s on top of already feeding both of the girls so I had a major oversupply I knew at that point that I could start weaning off of it because I was getting out of control okay honestly I think there are really just 2 things that really make this happen for me number one I rented a hospital-grade restaurant and number 2 I pumped after every single feeding for about 4 to 5 weeks.

I wish more people knew about the ability to rent a hospital great I feel like a lot of people just assume that they have to buy one and you don’t the hospital great comp is so much better than the commercial come on this is one of those cases where you get what you pay for if you were to buy a hospital great pump they’re like $2503000 whereas if you rent them it’s a fraction of the cost I rent mine for $70 a month I know most insurances will cover a breast pump now mine does not so I was going to pay out of pocket for a breast pump anyway.

If you do have insurance that covers a breast pump which is majority people you could just rent a hospital-grade com for those first 2 to 3 months what you’re really trying to establish a healthy supply and Dan have your insurance pay for the commercial-grade for the rest of the time that you want to pump so that you’re not renting up that pump the whole time to at least have it in the beginning for that critical time I went to my from my hospital, but you can rent them from Babies R Us

I mean so pretty much everyone has access to it Babies R Us and there are lots of other independent companies that you can rent them from the press one that I have is called in the Dallas symphony. And this is what it looks like. It’s much bigger than the commercial-grade pumps. But it pretty much works the same way; it’s just got the two buttons, your on/off. Switch your dial to it’s the strength of the section and your let-down button. And that’s basically it. It has the same tubing as the commercial pump, the corresponding flanges saying bottles everything’s compatible. The most substantial difference is this thing has you know a heavy-duty engine.

So to speak like it’s really got, I think a stronger section and then your regular commercial-grade. I think maybe even more important than the hospital great pump at least for me was pumping after every single feeding. This is really really hard, especially in the beginning when you are so sleep-deprived. The last thing you want to do once you feed your baby and they’re sleeping is whip out the pump and start pumping.

However, it’s that pumping after every feeding that signals to your body, “Hey, you create more milk we need more milk.” My doula told me even if you don’t actually see milk which by the way I didn’t for it like the first 3 days postpartum I couldn’t pump anything, but I still pumped every 3:00 hours around the clock even when I wasn’t getting anything right get like drops in 20 minutes to get like 5 drops.

It’s the stimulation that your body needs to help it know that you need to create milk so for me the way it worked and why it was actually critical that I even have a breast pump I needed to supplement what they were taking from the breast so I would breastfeed each of them separately then we would give them a supplemental bottle of pumped breast milk it would take an hour point 5 2:00 hours for 1 feeding and like I said they ate every 3:00 hours, so that gave me sometimes maybe an hour to.

Like basically collapse in exhaustion before had to get up and do it again was so so hard but I really think that was the key in the beginning because like I said I had premature lazy infants and I just don’t think my body would have gotten the message to create more milk if I hadn’t been pumping after every single feeding and along with that another piece of advice if you’re not getting as much as your goal like it as much as you’re wanting to get in a pump session to go beyond to keep pumping after you are empty so if you have like 3 ounces, and now nothing is coming out.

Keep pumping whether it’s 10 extra minutes 5 insurance 20 additional minutes it’s that stimulation can that tells your brain and your body that it needs to create more milk so if you go beyond what you actually have than it thinks okay I need to make more milk baby needs more liquid rather than if you just pump what you have in your body’s like okay we’re good we’ve made enough the baby is full so that was incredibly hard in the beginning but by the time the girls were 5 weeks old.

I was exclusively breastfeeding and I was pumping about 4 times a day and I slowly just wing down to where I am now we’re just pump one today so you really just have to think of it as short term pain for a long term gain okay so those are my 2 like most important biggest tips for you these next few are just some things to make the process a little bit easier I consider this accessory a must-have, and that is a pumping raw this is mine it’s nothing special it wasn’t that expensive I ordered it off of Amazon actually too, and they’re just in constant rotation I use it every single time I pump because then your hands free so it just it’s like just a long it zips in the front.

You know that has 2 little cups that you at the pump parts through screw the bottom line here and that’s it the way you go these things are awesome because they at least give you some of freedom to use your hands I mean who has time to sit there for 20 minutes at a hold the flanges don’t do that to yourself get yourself a pumping Brock right now you don’t wanna buy a pumping brought.

I’ve heard of women you seem like just an old sport brought just like cut little holes out of where the nipples are and put the pump parts through that. I haven’t tried it but I’ve heard other people do that if you don’t wanna buy when you try that you also want to make sure that you have the correct size flanges when you buy. They usually come with just the standard size. I actually don’t know what that standard size is. This is 21 and this is 24. I have 2 different times nipples so you want to make sure you have the right size so that you’re getting the optimal amount of milk so that that your pump is able to be as efficient as possible.

While I sit there and do all that work if you could be getting more with just a switch of the sites sign that this might be too big is that you’re not getting a good seal like a good section so in that case you might want to go down a size and a sign that it might be too small is it’s super painful and what one of mine was too small and it it just like it would take in way more than just my nipples like it was sucking in half my boot so yeah just make sure that these fit comfortably.

Another reason why it’s good to be hands free is so that you can have expressed while you’re pumping and I do this every time it actually makes it move along a little quicker and that’s just like this you know like mashing down on the ladies and around making sure like every last drop comes out of them this goes for breastfeeding or pumping you want to have nipple cream that you like and you want to have breast pads to because you’re gonna probably need both of those especially in the beginning and same goes with like lactation cookies there’s tons of recipes for like teaching cookies there’s also for.

Any Greek that I know people take there’s mother’s milk tea there’s these other supplements that anything that you can use to boost your breast milk supply obviously it’s gonna help with pumping to a suggestion I ended up really helping me was a mini-fridge it actually made life so much more comfortable in the beginning I was popping around the clock especially early in the morning it was nice just to wake up feed them pump and put the milk right in the mini-fridge, and I’d have to like go to the kitchen I know it sounds like trivial but it ended up helping quite a bit so I can put all the supplies in the mini-fridge including the pump parts which is another miss number you don’t have to clean your pump parts after every single pump session just get big like a gallon-size plastic bag put them all in there there are many many fridges or your regular fridge, and they’re good for at least today.

This is one that I don’t think it’s enough attention and that’s to stay hydrated, and well that breastfeeding takes a lot out of you, and you actually burn a lot of calories breastfeeding, and that means you need to eat so don’t start dieting right now you need to be eating healthy food they need to be staying very hydrated I definitely notice a difference in my supply if I don’t eat well during the day or if I don’t stay hydrated. I definitely know that it’s not as strong or as much when I’m not well fed and well hydrated.

Just a quick warning for sure I lasted an oversupply does come with some disadvantages. Number one, make sure you don’t go very long like when you’re in court just to avoid mastitis if you’re actually continuing to encourage an oversupply. You definitely want to keep on and seeing your press that’s one advantage of having twins as they were and team both breasts at every feeding. So made it a little bit easier for me but you just want to be on top of that and keep an eye on it when you’re creating an oversupply number 2 it also means you’re gonna be giving up a lot of freezer space and it goes quickly so if you don’t have a big freezer like I don’t we ended up taking over half the supplied to my in-laws house.

A deep freezer and the rest Michael last 6 months and it just a regular freezer and up to 12 in a deep freeze so just keep that in mind if you don’t have a vast freezer just be thinking ahead where am I going to put this mill and last but not least in this might arguably the most important tip and that is to surround yourself with people that are supportive of you and your choice and that’s really with anything in life but especially this time when you’re so vulnerable especially new mom, and you’re just self-conscious and especially as it relates to feeding your child whether you’re exclusively breastfeeding or pumping or combination or formula feeding.

Whatever it is making sure you have people around you that are supported as of you and get rid of any sources that are negative or not helpful and supportive I had such a fantastic support system, and that’s a huge reason why I was so successful I had my mom who is just the most beautiful cheerleader, my husband, I do love my hospital had fantastic lactation consultants and they had a free like breastfeeding support group that I would go to once a week so I just surround myself with people that were supported that where were wanting to help me succeed okay I think that’s everything I hope that that is helpful to some of you I know that was a lot so if you have any questions for me I would be happy to help you out this is a topic I’m really passionate about because again I think if you can have confidence about your ability to feature child and it really just can change your child-rearing experience alright that’s it for me everybody I will see you next time.

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Best Baby Formula in UK

Are you looking for the best baby formula in the UK? Medical professionals recommend breastfeeding. However, in cases where this is not possible, the right baby formula milk will do the job. 

It may seem like an obvious case,  if you have a baby, then you should be able to breastfeed right? There are some circumstances that do not allow you to breastfeed your baby. Sometimes it is a matter of choice.

Let us take a look at why breastfeeding is important. It gives your baby the necessary nutrients in the right proportions and protects against allergies and sickness. Your baby will be healthier all around. The other great thing about breast milk is that it modifies according to your baby’s needs. It changes in volume and in the composition according to the time of day and the age of the baby. So your baby gets all the healthy nutrients from one source. Think of it as natures balanced diet. Moms who breastfeed have a reduced risk of diabetes and certain cancers too. It also helps you drop some of the baby’s weight and it strengthens your bond with your baby.

That being said, it is not always possible to breastfeed, for various reasons. One reason is lactation failure. A small percentage of women experience this. This means the mother may not have enough milk to feed the baby. There some ways to resolve this issue, but then this depends on the mother and the issue may be irresolvable. This condition does not mean you can not breastfeed at all. However, you will have to supplement your breast milk with baby formula.

Some mothers choose not to breastfeed for cosmetic reasons, a dependency on illegal drugs, medications you may be taking that are not compatible with breastfeeding or infectious diseases. Sometimes breastfeeding is not an option, because your baby can not do it. There are genetic defects that babies can be born with that impede the baby from suckling correctly. 

The other reason why you may need to be looking for the best formula on the market is if you now need to move your baby onto formula. Perhaps your baby has grown and so has his or her appetite. This means you can no longer solely breastfeed. You will have to supplement it.

There are ways to help both mother and baby choose what is best for them. Sometimes the best option is to use formula. 

  1. Are you looking for the best baby formula because you can not breastfeed?
  2. Does your baby have special needs and is failing to feed well?
  3. Do you need to supplement your baby’s diet, but still want to maintain the nutrients he or she needs?

Breastfeeding is a choice and sometimes not doing it is a decision made for you by circumstance. The great thing about the world we live in today is that there are ways around it. Once you get your head around the fact that you will not be breastfeeding, it is time to look at the best options available. You want your baby to still get all that he or she needs in terms of diet. Before your baby can start eating solid food, they go through a couple of months where they survive solely on milk. If you were told you could only have one type of smoothie, would you not want to make sure that it has all that you need to keep healthy You would want to pack in all the nutrients. 

Baby formula is available at different prices from different brands. But it does not end there. There are also different dietary specifications such as organic and halal options. You also get options that work around intolerance to certain types of milk. The great thing is that baby formula has so many options available and it is one of the most strictly controlled products in the UK. 

It is up to you as your baby’s protector, to know what your baby needs. Note down what your baby may be allergic to or sensitive to. Finding out the hard way is not the best thing to do as an adult. It is exponentially worse when it involves a baby. Your little bundle of joy can not articulate what is wrong when they fall sick. So you will need to do your due diligence. The core ingredients of baby formulas are the same. This is following the UK Infant Formula and Follow-On Formula Regulations 2007.

Different brands offer different combinations. You must get acquainted with the different terminology so you know what you are dealing with. For example, you will see reference being made to LCPs (long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids), nucleotides and prebiotics. The LCP that is called DHA, is the only one that promotes visual development. 

When it comes to shopping for baby formula, the price is not a direct indication of the quality of the formula. Instead, you need to know what it is your baby needs in a formula, read about the formula you are considering and make an informed decision.

In a Hurry?

Are you looking to get your baby on formula milk, but have no idea which brands to shop? When it comes to baby milk, it is more about what the baby will get, than the brand or the price. Understand the nutritional information on the formula and make a decision that will best suit your baby. Also, keep in mind that there is formula milk for babies of different ages. So make sure you get the right formula for your baby’s age. We have done our research and found the best baby formulas on the market.

SMA Pro First Infant Milk

The SMA Pro First Infant Milk is back by the manufacturer’s nutrition research that spans close to a decade. This is a leading breast milk substitute formula that ensures that your baby’s nutritional needs are fully met. Some of the key ingredients in this formula include Omega 3, 6 LCPs as well as GOS and FOS (Galacto-oligosaccharides/ Fructo-oligosaccharides). Preparation of the formula is very easy. Pour the formula into the baby’s bottle and follow the mixing instructions shown on the packaging. 

For those that want their products to be halal, you will be pleased that this product is halal. This is a government-regulated product that means that the pricing is uniform wherever you buy the product. The downside of this is that it is highly unlikely that you would be able to get a discount on bulk purchases. 

If mixing products is not what you are looking to do. There are some pre-mixed ones that you can purchase. These come in the form of 200ml and a 1L. You can pour these straight into the baby’s sterilised bottle and give them to drink.  

Pros

  • Perfect product for a newborn.
  • It is government-regulated.
  • It is very easy to prepare.
  • Reasonable expiry date even for bulk purchases.
  • Comes with a measuring spoon.

Cons

  • Not cheaper to buy it in bulk.
  • Some versions are not suitable for vegetarians.

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Aptamil Profutura First Infant Milk

Aptamil has continued in their pursuit of improving their product. This is closer and closer to delivering the same nutritional value that breast milk provides. Aptamil has natural milk fat in it. This is what provides a more natural fatty acid essence to it. There are also phospholipids-bound LCPs which mimic the structurally complex fats that are common in breast milk. The innovation is such that the intestinal microflora that is similar to what is found in a breastfed infant.

This product has the following vitamins in it, Vitamin A, C, D as well as iron. You will also find that there is Omega 6 in the Aptamil. This is a key component for the visual development of a child.  

Pros

  • The product mixes well with no lumps.
  • It is reasonably priced.
  • Babies seem to love the taste.
  • It is suitable for vegetarians.
  • Has a lot of vitamins in it.

Cons

  • We have yet to note one.

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Holle Organic Infant Formula Stage-1 

Holle Organic formula milk is formulated to provide your baby with the natural nutrients that they would get from breastmilk. It has a balanced protein which makes it very easy to prepare it in water. The first 6 months of a baby’s life are critical to their development. Holle Organic ensure that the baby receives all of the nutrients that they in order to thrive in this important period. You can prepare this milk within 5 to 10 minutes with ease. That includes the boiling and cooling that you are directed to undertake by the instructions included. 

For those that are environmentally conscious, you will be pleased to note that Holle Organic is an ethical company. They do their bit to ensure that their carbon footprint is kept to a minimum. They are biodynamic. 

Beyond the environment, your baby will find this milk very easy to digest. As you know, babies have fewer enzymes and may not be able to fully digest some food. That is one concern you won’t have to contend with. No sugar is added to the product. It is also starch free.

Pros

  • It is very easy to prepare.
  • The baby will find it easy to digest.
  • There is no added sugar in it.
  • Environmentally friendly brand.
  • Comes with a lovely measuring spoon.

Cons

  • The boxing is not convenient for long term storage.

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Nannycare Nanny Goat Milk Infant Nutrition 

NannyCare is created to provide children’s balanced nutrition for both babies and toddlers. This formula is based on goat milk. It is a brand of New Zealand origin. The nutritional value derived from this product is akin to what your baby would get when breastfed. That is to say, they would not miss out on any of the nutrients that are important to their development. Both Vitamins A and C are included in this product. It is also a rich source of Vitamin D. This is important at a time when they are much too young to derive it from sunlight. 

Mixing this product is just as easy. You can use the measuring spoon provided to scoop the mix into your baby’s bottle. There are various sizes that you can get this product in. A single pack is 900grams. If you want more than that, there is also a pack 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12. Buying in bulk is a great way to ensure that you don’t run out for a while. There is not much of saving from buying more than one at a time. 

Pros

  • It is very easy for the baby to digest.
  • Contains important vitamins and nutrients.
  • Comes with a measuring spoon.
  • Not suitable for vegetarians

Cons

  • There have been cases of product being labelled in German.
  • Some babies get constipated.

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Hipp First Infant Milk

Perhaps you are after something that is whey-based? Hipp First Infant Milk is whey-based gentle infant milk. It is suitable for babies of all ages. As with other brands, you will find that this contains all of the important nutrients that your baby would get from breast milk. You will get Omega 3 and 6 LCPs. All of the important vitamins and nutrients are also included. This is a legal requirement for the product to be on a market that is government regulated. They sell it as science and nature working hand in hand. That is telling of the way that this product is developed. The science part is artificially formulating a product to mimic all of the minerals and nutrients that your baby would get from being breastfed. The nature part is the feeding of this information to ensure that the manufacturing is done right.

Hipp First Infant Milk is backed by over 50 years of breastmilk research. It has been constantly improving as science has improved. The starter pack that they sell includes a reusable storage box, a leveller and a built-in scoop. Babies love the taste of this milk. It could hardly be any easier to prepare it. You can purchase these in packs of 2, 6, 8, 10 and 12. The larger packs are slightly cheaper to purchase than a single pack. 

Pros

  • It is very easy to mix.
  • It is a certified organic product.
  • Provides all of the vitamins and nutrients key to development.
  • Bulk purchases are cheaper.
  • Babies seem to love the taste.

Cons

  • The scooping mechanism is not perfect. There is some spillage.

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Buyer’s Guide

You may be wondering how to choose the best baby formula. It can seem like a daunting task, especially with all the options available on the market today. Here are a few tips on how to choose.

Can I get organic baby milk?

You may be thinking of this option because you dislike the notion of putting chemicals in your body. This means you want to be careful about what your baby also drinks and eats. The baby formula in the UK is strictly controlled, so you can relax. UK regulations stipulate that all baby formula milk be limited to 0.01 milligrams of pesticide residue content per litre. 

What is follow on milk?

It adds vitamin D and iron, two nutrients that babies need a lot of. The UK government, says it is not necessary, because your baby should get all the nutrients he or she needs from good formula milk. Standard formula milk should do the trick just fine.

Can I get vegan baby formula

The short answer is no. Babies need Vitamin D3, which is not always present in a vegan diet. Most baby formula milk brands get D3 from lanolin, the oil found in sheepskin. 

Is there a formula I can use that closely resembles breast milk?

If you have made the decision, not to breastfeed or the decision was made for you, you still want the best formula that will give your baby the nutrients in breast milk. The nature of breast milk can not be replicated, as it morphs into what your baby needs. However you can find the top brands in the market, that will give your baby the nutrition he or she needs to develop properly. 

Final Thoughts

Your reason for not breastfeeding is your choice. The baby formula you choose to supplement with has to be what is best for both you and the baby. Make a decision based on what your baby needs and what works for you. The formula milk is your baby’s primary sustenance for the first months of his or her life. Make sure that it is the best your baby can get. We would encourage you to take the time to read each of the reviews that we have done on these products to ensure that you have all of the information before making your decision.