If you’ve fallen into the ‘top-up spiral’, supplementing your baby with formula, you’re not alone. Many mums find themselves giving their baby a bottle but wanting to get back to full breastfeeding.
If you are thinking about weaning off formula supplements, it’s important to do so with guidance from your child health nurse and/or lactation consultant. ABA counsellors can also offer support along the way.
How quickly you may be able to wean off formula supplements may depend on:
the reason(s) you are using formula supplements in the first place
the age of your baby
how much formula your baby is having.
When weaning off formula, the aim is to increase your baby’s breastmilk intake while decreasing the amount of formula. In this way your baby’s intake remains as a healthy volume.