Combination Feeding

3 mins
Overview

Breastfeeding is the best way of feeding, both for mums and babies. However, not all mums are able to exclusively breastfeed – and some will choose not to. 

Combination feeding involves supplementing breastfeeding with bottle-feeding – using formula or expressed breast milk. It enables parental flexibility through the night, or when a mum returns to work.
 

Mum breastfeeding her baby as part of a combination feeding plan
Advice to offer parents who have chosen to combination feed:
  • Breastfeeding should be well established first
  • Introducing partial bottle-feeding may have a negative effect on breast milk supply and reversing a decision not to breastfeed is difficult
  • The Unicef Guide to the Baby Friendly Initiative Standards recommends responsive bottle-feeding as a way to prevent overfeeding.
  • Bottle sterilisation and preparation instructions should be carefully explained to parents/carers to ensure that they have the information to make up feeds correctly and safely.
  • Introducing one bottle
Mum breastfeeding her baby as part of a combination feeding plan
3 mins

Combination Feeding

Overview

Breastfeeding is the best way of feeding, both for mums and babies. However, not all mums are able to exclusively breastfeed – and some will choose not to. 

Combination feeding involves supplementing breastfeeding with bottle-feeding – using formula or expressed breast milk. It enables parental flexibility through the night, or when a mum returns to work.
 

Advice to offer parents who have chosen to combination feed:
  • Breastfeeding should be well established first
  • Introducing partial bottle-feeding may have a negative effect on breast milk supply and reversing a decision not to breastfeed is difficult
  • The Unicef Guide to the Baby Friendly Initiative Standards recommends responsive bottle-feeding as a way to prevent overfeeding.
  • Bottle sterilisation and preparation instructions should be carefully explained to parents/carers to ensure that they have the information to make up feeds correctly and safely.
  • Introducing one bottle