Mixed / combination feeding is when you choose to breastfeed sometimes and give formula at other times. The health advantages for you and baby are higher if you exclusively breastfeed however any breast feeding is beneficial to both you and your baby. Some women choose to mix feed as they have concerns about having enough milk to meet their baby’s needs. Speak to your midwife or health visitor about this or watch the Unicef UK maximising breast milk video.
If you choose to mix feed, ideally breast feed initially in the first few days to stimulate your milk production before introducing formula. This gives your body the greatest opportunity to initiate your milk supply and helps ensure milk supply in the longer term.