LittleOak’s purpose is to nourish babies and toddlers today and into the future. We support the World Health Organisation’s recommendation that breastfeeding is the best form of nutrition up to six months old and combined with food for up to two years. We also understand breastfeeding isn’t always possible and mothers may need an alternative form of nourishment to breastmilk.
We believe every mum has the right to decide what is best for her and baby, and deserves sufficient information to be able to make that choice. The information here is a general guide and if you are considering bottle feeding, we recommend you seek advice from your midwife or health care professional for individual advice about your baby.
A healthy and balanced diet during pregnancy and breastfeeding will benefit your milk production, as well as nursing at regular intervals. If you decide not to breastfeed, or to introduce bottle feeding, it could reduce the supply of your breast milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. We would also recommend considering the lifestyle and financial changes involved in switching to formula.
Should you decide to use a breastmilk alternative, then the formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use may present a health hazard to your baby. Babies have delicate tummies so where possible, introduce formula as a gradual process.
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