Important Notice: Breast-feeding is the best form of nutrition for babies and provides many benefits to babies and mothers. It is important that, in preparation for and during breast-feeding, mothers eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast and bottle-feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of mother's own breast-milk, and reversing the decision not to breast-feed is difficult. Always consult the Healthcare Professional for advice about feeding the baby. If infant formula is used, mothers should follow manufacturer's instructions for use carefully. The social and financial implications of using infant formula should be considered. Improper use of an infant formula or inappropriate foods or feeding methods may present a health hazard. If infant formula is used, mothers should follow the manufacturer's instructions for use carefully - failure to follow the instructions may make the baby ill.