Bottle feeding your baby
Your midwife should discuss the benefits of breastfeeding with you during your pregnancy and also inform you about Skin Contact, responsive feeding and keeping the baby with you at all times during your hospital stay.
Once you have been given all the information on breastfeeding, you may still choose to bottle feed your baby with formula milk. The midwives and maternity assistants will be happy to support you to do this.
All mothers are offered support with unhurried skin contact, recognising early feeding cues and offering the first feed in skin contact.
All mothers are offered support to appreciate the importance of closeness and responsiveness for mother/baby wellbeing. To hold their baby for feeding and to understand responsive feeding.
There are so many different formula milks available that we ask you to bring in to hospital with you, the one you prefer to use. As there is no facility for making up powdered feeds, please bring in a supply of ready-made cartons to use during your stay.
A baby only has a small tummy so one carton will most likely do at least 3 feeds and can be stored in the fridge in the feeding room, labelled with your name, time and date opened. The staff will show you all this when you are on the ward. We will supply bottles and teats for you to use during your stay.
Our aim is to support mothers to;
- Sterilise equipment and make up feeds.
- Feed their baby first milks
- Limit the number of people who feed their baby