The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Maternity Care

Information for mothers - formula milk

1 November 2016

Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby and doesn’t cost anything. At Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust we will support you in your chosen feeding method and provide you with the information you need to feed your baby confidently and safely.  Although possible, it is difficult to resume breastfeeding once you have stopped.  Introducing formula feeds whilst breastfeeding reduces a mother’s breast milk supply.

If you use formula milk it is very important for your baby’s health that you follow all the instructions to make the feed and sterilise any equipment correctly.  Before you and your baby go home we will show you how to do this, and provide you with written information.

From 1 January 2017 if you intend to formula feed you will need to bring ready to feed first milk formula into hospital with you.

Starter packs with disposable bottles and teats are available to buy in many supermarkets and chemists.  You should expect to use about 8 teats and bottles a day.  We do not have the facilities for the safe preparation of powdered formula on the maternity wards. 

After 1 January 2017 Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will no longer provide formula milk for babies on maternity wards unless there is a medical indication.