I am expecting dc2 in 6 weeks and thinking of what to put in hospital bag in way of formula. I struggled the breastfeed with dd1 and heavily relied on hospital to supply ready made formula whilst in. This time I want to be prepared and independent in case the same struggles happen. I was thinking of buying the pack of 6 small sterilized ready made formula to take with me but then thought it may be cheaper to take a small bottle and sterilize at hospital if needed and a 89p ready made single formula bottle.
What did everyone else take with them? I want to have something with me so I feel in control this time. Obviously I will try breast feeding but this is just in case
Our hospital gives the little bottles with the teats. I think it would be very awkward to try and sterilise a bottle on the ward. If it was me I would just buy the little six pack. I'll probably buy some for home this time, didn't know about them for last time til after lo was born
My hospital made it quite clear that they will not provide milk. Hospital Midwife suggested a pack even if planning to bf because of this. Thought it was very helpful of her to mention. I was planning to anyway (she wouldn't know that)
I am unable to breastfeed so knew I would need some last time and will this time too. I took the pre packed ones with sterilised teats and they were really easy to use. Any that we had left over we used for the night feeds when we were first home as it meant no faffing making up bottles in the night
I'm going to take the pre made pre sterilised ones too, just incase. Is there any difference between the cow and gate and aptamil ones? Theyre made by the same co but c&g are a fair bit cheaper in tesco.
I took both the ones with teats and the ready made little bottles. The trouble with the previous sterilised ones is that a newborn is not going to take 70ml so loads is wasted. My hospital supplied fridge space and little bottles and two kinds of teats. A 200ml 90p bottle lasted more than four feeds to start with because they have so little.
My hospital made a big deal about not providing milk or sterilising equipment and told everyone they had to provide their own. Once I'd had the baby they couldn't get formula into him quick enough. They even asked me which formula I wanted (I didn't have a clue) and provided the small bottles of ready made formula and disposable bottles and teats. They labled the bottles and kept them in the fridge as one bottle would do a few feeds. They even gave me some to take home as I'd planned to BF so didn't even have a steriliser or bottles yet.
If you can't BF for whatever reason they honestly won't let your baby starve so I wouldn't bother taking any.
Tbh it is a waste but I have no other option for the hospital, the bumpf they gave me says that all opened bottles will have to be dumped after an hour regardless so thought the 75ml ones might do 2 feeds before being dumped. Undecided what 'brand' to go with though. I'm not bf and I know it's not good to chop and change milks so was thinking of going for the one that is most available (tubs for later) was looking at mamia as supposed to be good but also not close so would not want to run out iyswim. Have bought a few packs of their newborn nappies though!