Monthly there will be information evenings on the practise. Check out the information evenings on the website. Breastfeeding is the healthiest diet for a baby: the milk contains essential nutrients and antibodies. You’ll receive a lot of information from us about breastfeeding during your pregnancy, however the choice is yours whether to do this or not. Be sure to read a lot about the subject, be informed about breast versus bottle feeding, and listen to your own conscience. It’s important that you know that we respect your choice no matter what.

Both you and your baby have to learn how to breastfeed. It’s natural but not automatic. We will help you and provide you with tips. To kickstart the process we strive to place the baby at your breast within an hour after delivery. This is because it causes the production of prolactin, which is a hormone that stimulates the milk production.

Furthermore it is important that your baby is fed every three hours to further stimulate milk production. This is only possible if you get enough rest in between. You’re advised to take your time for breastfeeding in the first days.

It helps if you have some information about the different methods and mechanisms before you start. There is a monthly informational evening at our practice where you and your partner are given information by a lactation consultant. She is a huge source of information about breastfeeding.

Rooming in

If you have chosen to breastfeed, it’s a good idea to take rooming in into consideration when decorating the babyroom. This principle originated in the hospital as newborns stayed in their mothers’ rooms. Rooming in at home means that the baby stays with you as much as possible so that you can easily identify their need to drink; this is calming for both of you.

Bottle feeding

There are different types for sale. Choose one brand before the birth and buy infant food number 1. We don’t advise a particular brand as they all meet the standard requirements in the Netherlands. Don’t change brands too often as this may bother the baby.

Your maternity care will give you instructions as to how to prepare the bottles. This is also noted on the packaging.

There are a lot of different types of bottles; which one is best differs per child. A baby who is hungry or drinks fast will need a different bottle than one who drinks slow. Therefore don’t buy a lot of bottles at once until you know which one is preferred. Buy two different ones for the first week and discover which one your child wants more often.

The first bottle is usually given right after the delivery and contains 10 ml. The amount depends on the child’s weight and how old the baby is. The dosis is built up by approximately 10 ml per day and increased to a maximum of 100 ml during maternity care. After that the consultation center will help you increase the amount further.