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Working on some content for a client and I REALLY need to know what your most pressing questions are regarding two topics: * Combination feeding * Good'ol breastfeeding

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Vanessa Christie (IBCLC, HV, RN) 
In my practice the most common questions are around 1) Should I/do I need/do I want to to combination feed?? ie what are potential cost vs benefits and 2) How it all works ie does it affect milk supply, are there 'best' bottles to use, is there are bottle-feeding technique I should be using to support breastfeeding, is there are a good time to offer breast/bottle or vice versa, how do you know how much to give in the bottle, should I express and so on. BTW in response to the response above here are two research refs re NIPPLE SHIELDS: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4607874/ and http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mcn.12251/full
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Ben Tantrum 
I'd have to say that my question would be what is combination feeding...? I'm guessing formula and breast hybrid?
Ben Tantrum 
Great pic btw!
Anonymous 
And questions to who? A health professional? Or just general? I think it's important for people to know all their options before the baby arrives. We need to know all the great stuff about breastfeeding but also the possible troubles so we can be prepared for them if they happen. It would also be useful to know some basics about pumping and storing milk, how to do attachment bottle feeding, and how to sterilise everything (including things like pumps and nipple shields) safely. I had to mixed feed and so had to work all this out myself and got there eventually. My only remaining question is around nipple shields and if there has been any academic research on them.
Vanessa Christie (IBCLC, HV, RN) 
In my practice the most common questions are around 1) Should I/do I need/do I want to to combination feed?? ie what are potential cost vs benefits and 2) How it all works ie does it affect milk supply, are there 'best' bottles to use, is there are bottle-feeding technique I should be using to support breastfeeding, is there are a good time to offer breast/bottle or vice versa, how do you know how much to give in the bottle, should I express and so on. BTW in response to the response above here are two research refs re NIPPLE SHIELDS: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4607874/ and http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mcn.12251/full
quickbrownfoxuk 
Massive thanks everyone!!! @Ben, I too had no idea what combination feeding was! I was super lucky my two children took to the breast as if by magic - which is why I'm at a loss here. We're proposing to treat 'combined feeding' in terms of parents sharing the feeds (either with breast milk only or with formula & breast milk)... a combo of breast + bottles then. Ps: you can actually buy those breast-bottles thingies on amazon... and there's a cute clip doing the rounds https://www.facebook.com/birthingandbreastfeeding/videos/1148177125239287/?pnref=story @Vanessa, thank you! Super helpful tips, will check the links. @Anonymus, our client is interviewing an expert (midwife) with the help of an influencer/blogger but wants to be careful in making the content appealing to new mums, not intimidating or patronising.... and definitely avoiding hammering on pre-conceptions of the breast is best kind.

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