i am going to start pumpling so that dh will be able to give the ocassional bottle of ebm to ds and just looking for some tips really, when is the best time to introduce a bottle what do you use to store the milk in and how long can it be in the fridge/freezer also how do you know how much to offer to begin with?
I started expressing when i settled the baby in the evening, i was able to pump about 2 ounces which is all you need to offer at first. The baby might take best to a bottle in the middle of the night when they are most drowsy and may not notice much difference. Some people will advise you not to offer a bottle until 4 weeks and this is when i first expressed; however, others will argue that "nipple confusion" doesn't exist and to go for it whenever you want. Once you start with a bottle occasionally i would recommend that you keep it up, at least a few each week so that the baby stays used to it. You can store it in the fridge for up to 6 days, at room temperature for 24 hours and in the freezer for 6 months although some people say the texture goes "soapy" after 2 months. Good luck with it all xxx
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