Artificial feeding

Janet Medforth, Linda Ball, Angela Walker, Sue Battersby and Sarah Stables

in Oxford Handbook of Midwifery 3e

Third edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print March 2017 | ISBN: 9780198754787
Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191816284 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Nursing

Artificial feeding

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Although breastfeeding is the gold standard not all mothers are able or willing to breastfeed their infants. This chapter endeavours to take a balanced view of the issues associated with artificially feeding an infant. It details the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes with which health professionals should comply. It considers suppression of lactation and the nutritional requirements of formula-fed babies. It provides guidelines for the selecting of an appropriate substitute and identifies the types of cow’s milk infant formulas available and their alternatives, including the use of goat milk. The management of formula feeding is detailed, with special attention given to the making up of feeds. Problems and disadvantages associated with formula feeding are explored, as well as the health risks associated with formula feeding.

Chapter.  5736 words. 

Subjects: Midwifery

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