Take formula to hospital?

Discussion in 'Third Trimester' started by Summergurl, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. Summergurl

    Summergurl Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2015
    Messages:
    1,192
    Likes Received:
    0
    I won't be breastfeeding so I'm wondering if I need to take bottles and formula into hospital with me? Obviously this will take up quite a bit of space in the hospital bag & I'll need to sterilise the bottles each day and hope I remember to take them :rofl:
     
  2. GF91

    GF91 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2014
    Messages:
    1,043
    Likes Received:
    0
    #2 GF91, Jul 4, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2016
  3. flexilexi394

    flexilexi394 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2010
    Messages:
    7,045
    Likes Received:
    5
    Yeah I think you do have to take formula with you these days, buy the ready made cartons though that will save you so much time and space and yeah I thought these days they do teats that go straight on the cartons or something along those lines, if not just take bottles, babies only eat like 1oz I think when they are first born! xxx
     
  4. fcroxy

    fcroxy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2013
    Messages:
    1,490
    Likes Received:
    0
    My hospital provided formula when I had harper so I didn't use what I took. I have bought a box of ready made bottles with teats this time to put in my bag incase they don't provide it anymore but I'm sure they do as my sister had a baby in January and they provided her with formula. The boxes are only small in comparison to taking separate bottles and premade formula etc xx
     
  5. El1en

    El1en Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2014
    Messages:
    1,195
    Likes Received:
    0
    At my hospital if you intend to formula feed from day 1 you have to take your own
     
  6. KeelyT90

    KeelyT90 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2014
    Messages:
    1,131
    Likes Received:
    0
    My hospital provide bottles but not milk..... It gives details on their website. Have you looked up you maternity unit online, it might give some tips x
     
  7. Summergurl

    Summergurl Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2015
    Messages:
    1,192
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yeah it doesn't mention anything online. I'll ask the midwife next week when I see her see what she says. Good idea that we can get the pre made ones with teats too. Thanks ladies xx
     
  8. russellmuscle

    russellmuscle Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2012
    Messages:
    11,994
    Likes Received:
    0
    Id give your maternity ward a phone to check this out as it differs from hospital to hospital.

    Mine supply both Cow and Gate and the SMA disposable bottles/teats.

    Failing that you could bring in some cartons and a couple bottles - Jackson only had an oz here and there so you wont need like gallons of it!

    xxxx
     
  9. Blueclass

    Blueclass Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2015
    Messages:
    2,139
    Likes Received:
    1
    The hospital will only provide formula I'd you intend on bf but medically baby needs formula I. E top up as jaundice. Not sure on bottles though you could call your maternity unit and ask.
    That was my hospitals policy.
     
  10. Summergurl

    Summergurl Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2015
    Messages:
    1,192
    Likes Received:
    0
    Isn't it weird how all hospitals have different policies yet they're all NHS?! Seems strange. If the midwife doesn't know next week, although I would hope she would, I'll call them and ask to be sure. May just get a couple of the ready made ones anyways. Xx
     
  11. flexilexi394

    flexilexi394 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2010
    Messages:
    7,045
    Likes Received:
    5
    Yeah I agree it is so weird but it must be to do with budgeting and stuff in different areas I reckon! xx
     
  12. Phoenix85

    Phoenix85 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2013
    Messages:
    1,305
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hospitals that are Baby Friendly accredited or working towards UNICEFs BFI status cannot routinely provide free formula as it undermines breastfeeding. They will have some for emergency situations but otherwise they would ask you to bring your own if you intend to formula feed.

    Also most BFI hospitals tend to want you to take in the powder so they can make sure you know how to make the bottle up properly before you get discharged.
     
    #12 Phoenix85, Jul 4, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2016
  13. flexilexi394

    flexilexi394 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2010
    Messages:
    7,045
    Likes Received:
    5
    Makes sense!! x
     
  14. Phoenix85

    Phoenix85 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2013
    Messages:
    1,305
    Likes Received:
    0
    There's details about BFI and what it means or the rules set out for hospitals etc on the UNICEF page if you google it :)

    Pretty sure that's why many hospitals don't have the free bottles anymore, because one of the 'rules' for BFI status is no promotion of formula or dummies anywhere on site.
    I know a few years back my local hospital was working towards being BFI accredited, not sure if they are or are still 'working towards' but now in their literature about the maternity bit they say if you are planning to bottlefeed you need to bring your own bottles and powder.

    Personally I would prefer the ready made stuff as it is actually safer for newborns as it's pasturised so zero risk of bacteria contamination etc. But I know they want parents to bring the powder as that is what parents end up using and they want to make sure the bottles are being made up properly.
     
  15. russellmuscle

    russellmuscle Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2012
    Messages:
    11,994
    Likes Received:
    0
    Oh bugger faffing about with powder in the wards though!

    I too would prefer the ready made stuff, pour and go.

    xxxxx
     
  16. flexilexi394

    flexilexi394 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2010
    Messages:
    7,045
    Likes Received:
    5
    I do remember something about this at our hospital - I breastfed my daughter so never really had to worry about things like this - I was born in texas in 1990 and my mum said they automatically give babies a dummy and a bottle without even asking the mum! So I wonder if it has changed over there in the last 26 years lol
     
  17. MrsB2105

    MrsB2105 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2014
    Messages:
    2,357
    Likes Received:
    0
    When I had my son I was told to take liquid formula, but they provided single use bottles x
     
    #17 MrsB2105, Jul 4, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2016
  18. Summergurl

    Summergurl Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2015
    Messages:
    1,192
    Likes Received:
    0
    I defo won't be packing a tin of formula plus bottles enough for a day and nights stay! X
     
  19. MrsB2105

    MrsB2105 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2014
    Messages:
    2,357
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have packed 2 bottles of liquid formula they have about 1L in them but once opened they have to be used within a certain amount of time. I might be in for a few days though. The ones people have mentioned where you can add a teat are handy too, but I have 2 babies to buy for so was doing the cheaper option lol x
     
  20. Summergurl

    Summergurl Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2015
    Messages:
    1,192
    Likes Received:
    0
    Well I found out last night at my antenatal class there is no need for me to take bottles or formula into hospital as our hospital supplies it. They have cow & gate & aptimel so if I want a different brand then I'm to take it in. Handy to know :)
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice