Protecting Breastfeeding when Combination Feeding

About Course

Terms & Conditions & Disclaimer Protecting Breastfeeding when Combination Feeding


What Will You Learn?

  • Combination feeding remains a common infant feeding method for many parents although the WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months.
  • Whether combination feeding is a medical necessity or choice, this online course aims to help you protect and maintain your breast milk supply during combination feeding and make combination feeding work for you and your personal circumstances. Although, feeding bottles are the main tools used for combination feeding in the Western World, this course also acknowledges the use of alternative feeding methods such as cup feeding, spoon feeding or supplemental nursing system but the in depth explanation of the use of these tools goes beyond the scope of this course.
  • This course does by no means promote combination or formula feeding. As an IBCLC, I follow the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and in line with the WHO recommendation promote exclusive breastfeeding for healthy infants for the first 6 months. However, I believe in informed choice and supporting all parents regardless of their infant feeding choices, so that they can maximise the amount of breast milk for their babies and combination or formula feed safely if they chose to do so. This course was created to assist parents precisely with that.
  • This course is taught by an infant feeding specialist, lactation consultant (IBCLC)
  • This course is for educational purposes only and not to be regarded as individual medical advice. Please check with your own healthcare provider before implementing or introducing any of the information shared in this e-course. During the e-course creation, Kindestmilk aimed to share current public health advice (2023) and evidence based information from research which is shared in the videos and descriptions below. Kindestmilk does not accept any liability for illness, injury or death.

Course Content

Protecting Breast Milk Supply When Combination Feeding
As milk production works on a supply and demand basis, find out which questions to ask yourself and/or your healthcare professional when breastfeeding is not enough or what to consider when thinking about introducing formula.

  • When breastfeeding is not enough…
  • Questions to ask yourself before choosing combination feeding
  • Protecting and maintaining breast milk supply when combination feeding
  • The “Top-up Trap”

Formula types/ Preparation and How to Bottle Feed to Protect Breastfeeding
In this topic we will touch on the basics of formula feeding, which formulas are labelled as breast milk substitutes, I will share official public health information (Ireland/UK) on the types of formula and their preparation and show you how to pace a bottle feed for a breastfed baby.

Bottles, Teats & Pacifiers
This topic sheds some light on the different types of bottles, teats and pacifiers and those which may be associated with an easier transition between breast and artificial teat. We will discuss the pros and cons of teats and pacifiers.