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Is it easy to FF on antenatal wards?

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coffeeforone Thu 08-Feb-18 14:44:08

For those that FF from birth, did you find it straightforward to do so in hospital after the birth (e.g. at times you are on your own - e.g. DH is at home with toddler)
I could use ready made liquid to save faffing with powder/hot water, but what about washing bottles and sterilizing and warming milk in hospitals? Will the ward staff help make bottles, or would it be ok to leave hungry newborn to do so yourself?

I'm just wondering if it might be easier to give colostrum, then switch to FF once i'm home with a trusty perfect prep and a batch of ready sterilized bottles?

coffeeforone Thu 08-Feb-18 14:46:01

obviously i mean postnatal wards! duh!

TheShaniaTwainExperience Thu 08-Feb-18 14:46:53

I took the premade ones with the disposable teats

TheShaniaTwainExperience Thu 08-Feb-18 14:47:20

You can buy them in boxes of 6, you just screw the teat on and it’s ready to go

katand2kits Thu 08-Feb-18 14:47:40

You can buy a starter pack of disposable bottles, no washing required. However, giving colostrum is significantly better for your baby.

TheShaniaTwainExperience Thu 08-Feb-18 14:47:53

shouldaknownbetter Thu 08-Feb-18 14:48:05

Oh, more than easy if you get the little ready made bottles . Just pop in some hot water to warm up and you're good.

GummyGoddess Thu 08-Feb-18 14:49:47

You don't even need to pop them in hot water to warm them up, when I used one I just popped it into my bra for a while before I needed it. I checked and it was body temperature when it was needed.

wintersdawn Thu 08-Feb-18 14:50:13

Yep most supermarkets stock small starter sets of pre made mix. Be aware though Depending on the hospital/ reasons for ff you'll have a mixed reaction from midwives. Some will support and some will still try and get you to give breast feeding a go.

TimesNewRoman Thu 08-Feb-18 14:52:02

I think they can also supply the ready made ones with teats for you. At least they did where I was, they asked what brand you would like. I gave colostrum til i got home but I have heard if you are FF they can feed your baby in the night without waking you if you agree smile
Also, i just got a bloody pop up from NHS about BFing when i went into this post hmm

coffeeforone Thu 08-Feb-18 14:52:44

Thanks! I now remember I have seen these before in supermarkets but wondered why anyone would use/buy them (as it is some much cheaper to just pour into a reusable bottle). Totally forgot they existed - now I know the intended purpose!

TheShaniaTwainExperience Thu 08-Feb-18 14:54:24

*TimesNewRoman grin

TheShaniaTwainExperience Thu 08-Feb-18 14:54:40

Oops bold fail

coffeeforone Thu 08-Feb-18 14:58:03

Haha! i have the same pop-up on my screen!

coffeeforone Thu 08-Feb-18 15:06:41

Depending on the hospital/ reasons for ff you'll have a mixed reaction from midwives

That's another reason I might just try to give colostrum until I'm home. Not sure I can bear the judgement in a delicate hormonal postnatal state!

CannotEvenThink Thu 08-Feb-18 15:11:08

You will need to ask your midwife, different hospitals have different facilities. Where I work we do have cold water sterilisers but we don't have facilities to make powdered milk up and we can't store formula milk in the fridge so you need the starter packs.

TimesNewRoman Thu 08-Feb-18 15:12:50

Stand your ground. The ladies on my ward were quite good about it. You're an adult and capable of making your own decision, they cant bully you.

dinosaurkisses Thu 08-Feb-18 15:17:03

I was intending to BF but when it didn’t happen, the midwives dropped two or three pre-made bottles of your preferred formula round every couple of hours. Once when I had used all of my bottles and asked for more, the nurse scolded me for using all I had and said I should be smuggling some away so I had a stash for when we went home 😂.

I gave BF a go, so I don’t know if it was because of that, but the midwives really didn’t care that we were using formula. Might be because our trust (Belfast) has very low uptake of breastfeeding so they didn’t push it as much as other posters are saying they experienced.

Swatsup Thu 08-Feb-18 15:19:42

Mine actually tried to persuade me to feed formula! Baby was hungry and I didn’t have any milk as had been induced. In my grumpy hormonal state I refused and everyone had to put up with a screaming baby for the night :-)

Lules Thu 08-Feb-18 15:22:58

I got no pressure at all. I bought the starter packs but they had throw away bottles, you just had to supply the milk. They had no facilities to sterilise bottles but they had a fridge. It varies though.

Dinosauratemydaffodils Thu 08-Feb-18 15:23:58

I've put in my "birth" plan not to discuss feeding with me and I'll be taking pre-made bottles with disposable teats with me as from memory they won't store formula in the fridge, although I was breastfeeding last time so might have that a bit muddled.

coffeeforone Thu 08-Feb-18 15:27:26

Thanks for all the replies! I now think the starter pack bottles are definitely the way to go!

GoodMorning1 Thu 08-Feb-18 15:32:16

They supply the ready made ones on the children's ward at my hospital. Not sure about the postnatal ward.

Bananarama12 Thu 08-Feb-18 15:38:11

I took a starter pack but they had pre made ones on the ward and there was no judging.

Lovesagin Thu 08-Feb-18 15:44:13

There were little bottles with disposable teats on my ward, was made to feel like scum for asking for them though!

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