Top up feeds

packet of infant formula

Top up feeds are when you give your baby some formula alongside your breast milk. You may want to top up with formula if you are concerned that your baby is not getting enough breast milk.

Remember, topping up with formula will signal to your breasts to start producing less milk. If topping up is temporary and you want to continue breastfeeding, you may want to express your breast milk so that you can keep up your milk supply. If you want to continue breastfeeding but are worried your baby is not getting enough milk, speak to your midwife or health visitor.

However, if you do want to reduce or stop breastfeeding, topping up with formula will allow you to do this gradually.

Have a look at the NHS website for advice on how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk and tips on increasing your milk supply.

For confidential breastfeeding information and support, call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212. Lines are open 9:30am to 9:30pm every day.

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