The benefits of breastfeeding are extremely well documented, and in some instances hammered home to the point of infuriation. But, for any number of reasons, sometimes it’s necessary to replace or supplement that with bottle feeding. What isn’t necessary is the shaming and pressure put on women who, for one reason or another, do not exclusively breastfeed. Because of this shaming and pressure, it sometimes takes a bit of work to garner reliable and sensible information about bottle-feeding using formula. The best guide I found was from Health Challenge Wales, who provided this guide to bottle feeding.
One key fact from it, which isn’t generally mentioned, especially not on the infant formula packaging, is that you can keep made-up bottles in the back of the fridge for up to 24 hours.
Again, I’ll emphasise that there’s no doubting that there are tremendous benefits to breastfeeding, and there’s a dad’s guide to breastfeeding here. But one benefit of bottle feeding the baby? Dads can help, especially at nighttime, allowing mum to get some much-needed and all-too-rare rest.