What are replacement feeds and how are they given?
A replacement feed is a milk feed given to a baby when the mother is away or when the mother or baby is unable to breastfeed. It can be given by bottle, cup, or finger-feeding, or by a feeding tube if the baby is hospitalized or ill. Bottle-feeding is the easiest and most common method, but babies tend to overeat a little on the bottle. Parents should pause regularly during bottle-feeding and assess the baby’s need for milk. The amount of milk depends on the baby’s age. After receiving enough milk, a baby should not show any hunger signs. They may not be settled after a replacement feed; there are several options to manage this.