Combination (or mixed) feeding

Mixed feeding usually comprises offering the baby bottles of milk (formula or expressed breast milk) as well as breastfeeding.  Once breastfeeding is established then introducing a bottle can be beneficial for many families.  


You may want to combine breastfeeding with bottle feeding.

For example, if you:

  • are breastfeeding and want to express milk to give your baby by bottle
  • want to breastfeed for some of your baby’s feeds but give infant formula for one or more feeds by bottle
  • are bottle feeding your baby and want to start breastfeeding

Combination feeding information