Combination feeding is when you choose to both breastfeed and bottle feed your baby. It may be that the bottle feeds are expressed breastmilk or it may be formula milk. It is sometimes also called mixed feeding.
There are many reasons this may suit you and your baby, including:
- Flexibility with returning to work
- Feeding practicalities (it may be simpler to breastfeed if you’re out and about!)
- Ability to share feeding responsibilities with your partner or family
- Wanting to continue breastfeeding for the bonding and cuddles
What other reasons might there be to use combination feeding?
Here is an NHS video of some mothers discussing their reasoning behind choosing to combination feed.
For more support on combination feeding, you can:
- Visit the NHS advice on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/combining-breast-and-bottle/
- Speak to your midwife
- Call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212 (09:30-21:30 every day)
- Find some local breastfeeding support via https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/other-services/Breastfeeding-support-services/LocationSearch/360