Breast and bottle feeding

Making the choice between breast-feeding or bottle-feeding is not always easy. Especially in the beginning of pregnancy, the subject is still a bit far from you. By studying breastfeeding and bottle feeding during pregnancy, you can make the right choice. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always discuss this with us.


In the first few hours after delivery, most children have a strong need to suck. This is a good time to breastfeed your baby for the first time. Breastfeeding will start after delivery due to the release of hormones and stimulation of the breasts while drinking. Every day the milk production is slightly more. The maternity nurse will assist with latching on. She will also give advice on breastfeeding. In the first days, it is important not to give your baby a teat yet, because the newborn must first learn to drink from the breast. There are several breastfeeding courses in the region. You also have several beautiful books about breastfeeding such as 'The new breastfeeding book' by Stefan Kleintjes and Gonneke van Veldhuizen.

When breastfeeding, after your baby is a week old, extra vitamins must be given: vitamin K (for good blood clotting) and vitamin D (for bone building). These vitamins are too little present in breast milk. These vitamins are for sale at the drugstore and pharmacy. The maternity nurse or midwife will indicate how the vitamins should be used.

Formula food

If you have decided not to breastfeed, it is important to make a choice between the different brands of formula. In principle, all brands are developed according to the standard. To prepare the food correctly, it is important that you follow the instructions for use correctly. The amount will be determined according to the needs of the baby. The maternity nurse or midwife will help you with this. With formula you also have to give extra vitamin D from day 8 after delivery. During the maternity period it will become clear which bottle and teat is suitable for your baby and we advise you not to keep a large stock.