The Top up Trap


 

Mum is concerned that baby isn't full after breastfeeding - - - --> Baby is supplemented with formula - - - -> Mums breasts get less stimulation from lack of sucking - - - - - -> Breasts aren't emptied fully or frequently enough - - - - -> The body thinks we are making enough breastmilk or too much and production slows down - - - -> Baby may become frustrated at the breast due to decreased supply #lowsupply

Topping up a baby with a supplement (if not medically necessary and you are wanting to exclusively BF) can lead to Low milk supply. Get help from a Lactation Consultant to avoid falling into this trap of feeding, expressing and topping up as it can be exhausting!!