Infant formula is made available to mothers who have made an informed decision to feed their baby formula milk.
We hope to encourage breastfeeding where possible, so whilst in skin to skin contact with your baby you will be offered the opportunity to give a first breastfeed. However, if you decide not to we recommend that baby’s first bottle feed is given in skin to skin contact. This helps baby to keep warm, feel safe and secure.
When you come to the hospital to have your baby you will need to bring with you a supply of bottles of ‘ready to feed’ 1st stage baby milk and a supply of teats.
However, please note – In the cases where a mum can’t feed, is too ill to or midwives are concerned about the baby’s weight, formula milk will still be provided.
If you have any questions please talk to your midwife, or ask to speak to the infant feeding advisor at the hospital.