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PHILIPS AVENT: Expert Advice – Combining Breastfeeding and Bottle Feeding

Dr.TanyaAltmann_Headshot 2Acclaimed pediatrician, best-selling author, and parenting expert DR. TANYA ALTMANN shares her tips for helping your baby successfully combine breastfeeding and bottle feeding.

Q: I want to breastfeed. Can I also use a bottle?

A: You can definitely do both! I encourage new moms to wait to introduce the bottle until breastfeeding is established—usually when baby is 2 to 4 weeks old—and then offer a bottle once a day or more, depending on your needs and the needs of your baby.

Q: Will bottle feeding make breastfeeding more difficult?

A: Most babies can easily go back and forth between bottle feeding and breastfeeding. This is especially true if you choose a bottle with a wide, breast-shaped nipple and if you start offering a bottle once a day once breastfeeding is well established. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your pediatrician or lactation consultant.

Q: Will bottle feeding impact my ability to produce enough milk?

A: Giving your baby a bottle should not have an impact on your milk production as long as you pump regularly. Try pumping after the first morning feed since many new moms have extra milk at that time which can be stored for later use. Also, make sure that you pump regularly at work or when you are away from baby to keep up your milk supply and store milk for bottle feeding when you are away.

Q: Can I bottle feed my baby during the day and breast feed at night and on the weekends?

A: Absolutely! You can continue breastfeeding when you are with the baby and have whomever is watching the baby feed with a bottle.

Q: What is the best bottle to help me breastfeed longer?

A: I like a bottle that has a wide shape and an extra soft, flexible nipple shaped like mom’s breast. Some bottles have anti-colic valves so babies take in less air as they eat, which is more like breastfeeding. Look for a bottle that’s easy to clean and fits your routine—and when you find one that works, stock up so you’re not constantly washing bottles.


Philips Avent Natural Bottles – The Next Best Thing to You

SCF693_17_Main ImageThe Philips Avent Natural bottle makes it easy to combine breast and bottle feeding. It features:

Wide, breast-shaped nipple that promotes easy latch on.

Unique comfort petals that increase softness and flexibility without nipple collapse.

Advanced anti-colic system that vents air into the bottle instead of your baby’s tummy.

Easy to hold shape.

It’s the most natural way to bottle feed – Learn More.

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