Can you use different bottles and an expressing question pls!
Ive got about 3 or 4 avent bottles (new ones) that I got free thought various baby clubs and stuff.
Ive just bought a tommee tippee steriliser that comes with 6 TT bottles.
Im hoping to express milk which is why I bought it all but was wondering, can you use different bottles or can baby only adapt between your nipple and one kind of teat from a bottle?? Im just trying to figure out if Ill be able to use TT and avent bottles or not.
Also, what do you express into? Do you just do it into bags and then pour the milk into bottles when you are ready to use it or do pumps normally come with some kind of contraption to house the milk??
I would use just the one type of bottle, as avent and tommee tippee teats are totally different. so i would pick one bottle and stick with it it would only cause too much confusion breastfeeding and using 2 different teats/bottles.
you can use any steriliser, early days it tends to just flow easily well did for me so you can just stick the bottle onto your boob and it just comes out or hand expressing early on is easy cos the milk just flows out.
i used to express into a bottle and put it in the fridge or use the avent plastic cups you can get for storing breastmilk in and stick the lid on.
Yes if the breastmilk has been in the fridge and its cold you can heat it up.
But dont microwave it its supposed to ruin all the goodness in the milk, what i used to do to heat it up was put hot water into a bowl and stand the bottle in it for few mins.
the expressor i got attached directly to a bottle (but only that brand) but then you can pour and store in different bottles and/or freezer bags.
however.....i never got on with expressing! I would have loads of milk (leaking out of one side while she fed on the other) but if i tried to express I'd be lucky to get an oz or two! I only ever had a manual expressor so may have got on better with an electric one but to be honest the whole expressing thing and then having to store and warm up milk again and sterilise bottles.....what can i say, am much too lazy! So much easier just to put baby on boob!
I know a lot of people want dad to be involved and is also great if he can do the late night feed so you can get a bit more uninterupted sleep but go with the flow and see what works for you!
On a side note, if you're having problems with low supply then baby is much more efficient way to increase than pump even if it does feel like you spend the whole day feeding....all too soon you'll miss the cuddles as they run away and want to play rather than be cuddled! And the people on the breastfeeding group are fab for answering questions (at least they were 18 months ago...i'm sure they haven't changed that much!)
My daughter had no problem going between Tommee Tippee bottles, playtex bottles and my boob. We had to supplement waiting for my milk to come in, and continue to until she figured out latching on properly. She had no problem with the bottles, but 100% preferred the boob.
I cant speak for my little one quite yet. But my baby cousin used avent and soothie bottles with the nipples being completely different and she did perfectly fine. It probably really depends on the baby.
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