Once you begin combining breast milk with formula you may notice some differences in your baby’s feeding habits and digestion. Here we’ve detailed some of the common changes that might occur once you introduce formula:
These changes are common and do not always signal a problem however, if you have any questions or worries please contact your health visitor or GP.
Once you start combining bottle feeding with breastfeeding your milk supply will begin to reduce, unless you express breast milk in place of missed feeds. If you have stopped breastfeeding and your baby gets used to a bottle, it is still possible to restart breastfeeding if you change your mind. If you don’t plan to restart or increase breastfeeding then there is no need to worry about the changes to your milk supply.
Although it’s a little tricky, there are ways to help increase your natural milk supply again to meet your baby’s needs. Try increasing skin to skin contact with your baby as much as possible to give you and your baby the opportunity for breastfeeding to happen. You can also offer your baby the other breast after they have come off the first during a feed. Once your milk supply does start to increase, gradually decrease the volume of formula feeds.
Don’t give up or get disheartened if you want to start breastfeeding again, building your milk supply back up takes time.
Breastfeeding is best for babies and is recommended for as long as possible. If you have any questions about the changes to you or your baby during the transition from breast to bottle feeding, please contact your health visitor or GP.
Date of preparation: September 2016
Date of preparation: May 2016