Using donor milk & formula to support breastfeeding
It is important that babies get enough milk to be healthy and to grow normally, however, babies sometimes need more milk than they can take at the breast. The most common reason for this is a slow start with breastfeeding, if a baby is not yet able to breastfeed effectively. When not enough milk is removed, a mother’s breasts don’t get a strong enough signal to make as much milk as the baby needs. Some babies will need extra expressed or donor milk, or formula, as a short term solution whilst they learn to breastfeed effectively; others will need longer term supplementation when milk production doesn't match their needs.
Our new leaflet outlines some situations where this can happen and explains how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk, along with different ways to give extra mothers' milk or infant formula whilst supporting continued breastfeeding.
A5 8-page booklet