Combination feeding

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.


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