I want to breastfeed, but i am not comfy with always BF from my boobs for various reasons ( i wont list why! one being i really want my hubby to do a feed)
i want to do mix feeding but always with breast milk! i definitely will feed from the breast as many times as i can but i want the option of being able to feed from a bottle when i am out etc.
can anyone advise how am i to do this? for the bottle feeds do i just express and keep in the fridge if so for how long ??
i have a wedding to attend to after one month of my due date i wont be able to breast feed as it is a asian wedding and my clothes will not have any way for me to remove them ( asian clothes are very elaborate and will hurt babys skin too )
can anyone advise me on how i should go about expressing/ storing etc ?
I have read to give it at least 2 weeks to start expressing.
You can keep expressed milk in the fridge for 6 days. Any longer, then it's freezer.
My plan is to feed by breast for 2 weeks (to get my flow going) then bottle feed (with expressed milk). LO may need to be weened off breast though. I do know someone who has combined both since birth and her baby takes both without a problem.
You should visit the breast feeding section. Their really friendly and can answer all your questions :]
You should wait to introduce a bottle until your baby has a good latch, the recommendation is 6 wks (nipple confusion is a real problem... trust me I know, I had to supplement both of my babies and it was hard switching back and forth). But after that, you can go ahead and give a bottle!
As for expressing, the only thing that worked for me was an electric pump (I used a hospital grade one) but others have found success with manual ones on the market or hand expressing. Don't be freaked out if you don't get much milk the first time you pump/express. Your baby is much better at getting milk from you. The amount of milk you pump/express is not a good indication of your supply... all it shows is how much you can can express!
6 days in the fridge seems like a long time. I've read much less is ok. Also, I've read if you wait 6 weeks baby may not want the bottle. If you start a little earlier but use a slow flow nipple baby won't only want bottle. I haven't tested any of this because itsmyfirat child but just offering my findings through some research. Id book a class too. I have one coming up soon.
I am the same as you. I want to breast feed but also there will be times where i will want to express and use a bottle. I'm trying to look for a breastfeeding class near by to attend to get some information.
Ami I'm hoping to follow your pattern but I was told the 1am around that time feed you should do from breast!
I will hover over to the bf section I just don't want anyone having a fit at me about wanting to express and bottle feed :/
I'm not sure about the 1am feed. Haven't heard of it. I've asked about expressing before and everyone was really nice. Tends to be just switching over to formula that people get a little bitchy about lol. Whether you're feeding from bottle or breast, baby's still getting all the benefits of your milk. So I don't think it really matters.
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