If you have been feeding your baby with a breastmilk supplement then here is what you need to know about weaning from formula.
You may consider weaning from formula if you used it as a ‘top up’ combined with breastmilk and you now decide to go back to exclusively breastfeeding. Or, you feel your baby is old enough to start introducing solid foods to their diet.
Why formula supplements?
Reports have shown that some mothers do not feel they adequately supply their baby with enough breastmilk so they introduce the formula as a supplement.
Other women are forced to feed their baby with an alternative because they have poor milk production. For some women they are unable to breastfeed effectively due to illness, work, or the oral motor skills of their baby. Often, these issues are not permanent so, in many cases, a mum wishes to resume breastfeeding.
Is it possible to go back to breastfeeding after a formula supplement?
Breastmilk is the best food for your little one. It has all the nutrition needed to nourish and protect your child from birth. Experts recommend giving it to your baby exclusively for at least the first 6 months with some mums choosing to breastfeed for longer than this.
Studies provide evidence that weaning from formula back to breastfeeding can be successful.