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Health worries.

Mum's health.

Bottle feeding

A big drawback of bottle feeding is the disapproval you'll get from the die-hard ‘breast is best’ brigade. But there's now a backlash against those that criticise mothers who bottle feed. This is because midwives are realising that most women would rather breast feed but end up bottle feeding because they struggle so much.

So if breastfeeding hasn't worked for you, or you've simply decided to bottle feed from the start, don't waste time and energy feeling guilty. You are in the majority as most British women bottle feed at some stage, and babies thrive on bottled milk.

You may also opt for 'mixed' feeding - using a combination of breast and bottled milk. The key to making bottle feeding work is to get organised. It's a lot less time consuming than breast feeding so you may as well get yourself into an efficient system.

You'll need six bottles and teats and these must be washed and sterilised. Make up all six bottles and store in the fridge - this means you don't have to make your baby wait. Don't keep made up milk longer than 24 hours, and if your baby only wants a few sips, you've got to throw the rest away.

You'll waste a lot of milk this week and get through more than six bottles in 24 hours, but this is normal and won't continue. Try putting 90 ml / three ounces in each bottle, you'll soon know if this is the right amount. And let your baby have as much milk as he wants this week.

How to stop your breasts producing milk and deal with breast engorgement if you’ve decided not to breastfeed.

Don't express milk as this stimulates milk production. Remove just enough milk (by hand) to make yourself more comfortable.

You can also put cabbage leaves in your bra - these fit around your breasts, are cooling and soothing, and are thought to reduce milk flow. Icepacks and bags of frozen peas can also give some relief.

And you can try ibuprofen - anti-inflammatory pain killers are the most effective for breast engorgement. Breastfeeding mums should try to avoid taking ibuprofen, although it is safer than taking Aspirin which they should NEVER take. Paracetamol is the safest painkiller if you are breastfeeding.