If you have sought medical advice and come to the conclusion that breastfeeding isn't working and you feel the need to bottle-feed or supplement with formula, here are some things to note:
- Infant formula is made for babies up to 12 months who are not breastfed. Health professionals recommend mothers try to maintain some breastfeeding if possible, even if they are using infant formula
- Formula milk is produced from cows’ milk, but its general make-up has been altered
- Talk to your midwife or doctor about which formula is best for your baby. Soy formula should only be used when advised by a health professional
- Drinks other than infant formula and breast milk can make your baby sick
- Babies over seven months may be offered water to drink.
Cuddlers recommend consulting a doctor, nurse or GP before moving your child onto bottle feeding.