What do you need to bear in mind when you start supplementation or combination feeding? Breast and bottle are different, for one thing, whether you’re using expressed milk or supplementing breastmilk with formula. A baby that’s already breastfeeding won’t know how to drink from a bottle automatically. It’s a new skill that your baby will need to learn.
If you give a bottle to a hungry baby who doesn’t know how to use it, the baby could end up frustrated. The first time you give your baby a bottle, the baby should be relaxed and somewhere between full and hungry: not too full to want to eat, but not too hungry to take the time to understand the bottle. If you’re planning to go back to work, try to introduce the bottle a few weeks beforehand, so you can set out in the knowledge that bottle feeding won’t be a problem while you’re away.
A bottle specifically designed to mimic the breast, such as the Philips Natural Baby Bottle, may make bottle feeding more intuitive for your baby. The wide breast-shaped nipple makes it easier for your baby to combine breast and bottle feeding, by promoting a natural latch-on that’s similar to the breast.