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Combination Feeding

Combination Feeding

Everything you need to know about combination feeding with Enfamil.

If you've been curious about combination feeding but aren't quite sure where to start, you've come to the right place. In this article, we'll break down what combination feeding is, discuss its benefits, help you decide if it's right for you, and provide tips on creating a combination feeding schedule. Plus, we'll talk about choosing the best formula and bottles for your little one and welcome you to the combination feeding community with open arms.

What is combination feeding

Combination feeding is the term for feeding your baby a combination of breast milk and formula. It offers flexibility and allows you to share feeding responsibilities with other caregivers, which can be a game-changer when you need a break or have a busy schedule.

Smiling mother bottle feeding baby in chair.

Combination feeding offers flexibility and allows you to share feeding responsibilities with other caregivers.


3 Benefits of combination feeding

There are several perks to combination feeding:

  1. It can reduce the stress of breastfeeding, giving you more flexibility and time to take care of yourself between breastfeeding and/or pumping sessions.
  2. Combination feeding allows for your baby to get the nourishment they may still need, and can help address feeding issues such as fussiness, gas, or spit up.
  3. Allows other family members than Mom to bond with the baby during feeding time.

Maintaining your milk supply

It’s important to keep in mind that if you don’t regularly breastfeed your baby or pump breastmilk, it can become harder for your body to produce breast milk. Regular breastfeeding at least 8-12 times a day can help keep a healthy milk supply, especially in early weeks.

Combination feeding should not limit your options. In order to set yourself up for success, it will be important to consider maintaining your milk supply throughout your child’s infancy.

Factors to Consider

Combining Breastfeeding and Formula Feeding

Lifestyle If you're always on the go or have a busy life, combining breastfeeding with formula can give you more flexibility. It also lets your partner share the joy of feeding and helps when you're out and about. Some moms just find it more convenient to use formula, especially when they're on-the-go. It's all about what works for you and your baby.
Work Schedule If you have a demanding job with long hours, or if pumping at work is tricky, combining breastfeeding with formula can make it easier to plan around your work schedule. There might be days when you can't pump, or breaks are too short. Formula can be a practical solution especially during work hours.
Comfort Levels If you want to maintain breastfeeding for bonding or health benefits but have concerns about supply, latching, or discomfort, combination feeding can give your body time to recover.

How to decide if combination feeding is right for you

Choosing to combine breastfeeding and formula is a personal decision. Consider your lifestyle, work schedule, and comfort levels. Think about your baby's needs and what will make both of you happiest. There's no one-size-fits-all answer; it's all about what feels right for your family.

Combination feeding schedule

Creating a combination feeding schedule can help keep things organized and ensure your baby gets the right amount of nourishment. Remember that babies are unique, and their feeding patterns can change over time. Be flexible and adapt to your baby's needs. It's all about finding a feeding routine that suits both of you.

How to choose the best formula option for combination feeding

When it comes to baby formula, there are various options available, and our family of formulas guide can help you explore your options with Enfamil. We are very proud to be the #1 trusted brand of pediatricians and parents, and to offer a variety of formulas that feed millions of babies every day. Be sure to check with your pediatrician to find the best formula that matches your baby's dietary needs and any specific concerns you may have.

How to choose the best bottles for combination feeding

  • Look for bottles with a shape and nipple that mimics the breast, as this can make the transition between breast and bottle easier.
  • Wide-neck bottles generally mimic the flow of liquid the way a breast does, and these can be some of the easiest bottles to clean. However, if your baby would benefit from slower feeding, you can always opt for a thinner neck or nipple.
  • Vented bottles can be great if your little one struggles with gas, as they can help air bubbles escape during feeding. Air bubbles are generally harmless, but nice to avoid in order to minimize burping and spitting up.
  • Remember if you use a vented bottle or angle-neck bottles to sterilize them periodically.

Welcome to the combination feeding community

Whether you're supplementing breast milk with formula or doing a mix of both, you're in good company with Enfamil Family Beginnings®. Many parents have joined for fast answers to questions, discounts on baby formula, and more fun ways to earn rewards points than ever before! If you’re not already a member, we look forward to welcoming you!

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