Image of woman breastfeeding baby with the caption I Choose to do it differently

You might choose to feed your baby in a way that is different to your friends and family and that's ok.

It can be hard doing something differently to everyone around you, especially something as emotional and important as feeding your baby. 

You might be from a family that formula fed their babies, but you have decided to try breastfeeding, or vice versa. By having the information you need, we hope you will feel confident with your feeding decision and we will be here to support you with that decision.

For the most up-to-date, evidence-based information, see our Infant feeding pages. Here you'll find lots of information on breastfeeding, bottle feeding and formula feeding.

This short video talks about the uniqueness of breastmilk: Human milk: tailor-made for tiny humans

This short video looks at the other important things you can do to give your baby a healthy start in life, that don't include feeding: Baby brain development

For more advice and information on feeding, talk to your midwife or health visitor.

You can also call the Derbyshire Family Health Service on 01246 515100Our information and support line for parents, carers and young people is available Monday to Friday, 9am - 4.30pm, except bank holidays.

You can text Chat Health on 07507 327769This is a confidential text messaging service for parents/ carers of 0 - 5 year olds, providing advice and support from one of our healthcare professionals from Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.30pm, except bank holidays.

Our live web chat with our healthy family peer support workers is available on this website on the 0-5 years page, Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 12 noon.

The National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212 is open 9.30am – 9.30pm daily, including bank holidays.