Why and how should I decrease the amount of extra milk that I give my baby?
There are several reasons why mothers may want to decrease the amount of supplement they give their baby. The reasons for starting supplements may no longer exist or mothers may have offered too much supplement, suppressing the milk supply or started supplements unnecessarily. Supplementing with breast milk is hard work as mothers must express regularly, and supplementing with other milk has risks. In general, mothers should ensure the baby can breastfeed well, offer both breasts whenever the baby is hungry, offer decreasing amounts of supplement, and ensure the baby continues to show signs of getting enough milk. Mothers who are expressing for their baby's supplement should continue to do so. Unless the amount of supplement is very small, mothers should decrease their baby’s supplements very gradually. This allows the baby to adjust, reduces the risk of underfeeding, and gives the breasts more time to start making more milk.