If you choose not to or cannot breastfeed, bottle feeding is an alternative and you can count on our full support. There is a wide variety of bottled baby milk to choose from. Your maternity nurse can advise you about the different possibilities. Our maternity nurses work according to our Bottle Feeding Guidelines.
Infant formula choices for bottle feeding
If there are no complications, the doctor or midwife will usually advise you to use standard infant formula to make bottled baby milk. It is best to choose one brand of infant formula as changing the type of milk may cause cramps for your baby. If your baby has any allergies, or allergies run in the family, most likely you will be advised to choose for a hypoallergenic infant formula.
Cost of bottle feeding
Standard infant formula for bottle feeding, including bottles and teats, will costs about 450 Euros for the first half year.
- The first feeding takes place immediately after the birth.
- The first 24 hours your baby will get 10ml of milk at each feeding *.
- If your baby is drinking well, the amount will increase to 20 ml per feeding on the second day, 30ml on the third day, etc *.
* Assuming a full-term pregnancy and no complications with the baby.
Feeding on demand is recommended above following a feeding schedule. For the preparation, preserving and giving of bottled milk, we refer you to our protocol, where hygiene guidelines are also provided and to the guidelines on the packaging of the infant formula.