Methodist Health System Services
Supplementing Breastfeeding with Formula
Understand possible consequences and make an informed decision.
If you are considering supplementing your baby's diet with formula, which is a breast milk substitute, you should understand the possible consequences and make an informed decision.
Research shows that supplementation with a breast milk substitute is associated with:
Nipple confusion and unsuccessful breastfeeding
Increased risk, when introduced in the first weeks of life:
- poor weight gain
- plugged milk ducts
- early weaning
Reevaluate as needed
Supplementation may be indicated for specific medical conditions or in the future as you consider returning to work or weaning.
For more information, consult your lactation consultant or health care provider.
Supporting your choice
Regardless of whether a baby is fed by breast or bottle, Methodist Women's Hospital supports a parent's choice, with programs in place to help all new families get off to a healthy start.