Giving A Bottle Of Expressed Milk Question

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DB - February 17

Ok, this may seem silly, but I'm really not sure...dd is 2 and half weeks old. In a few weeks I plan to introduce her to the bottle since sooner or later she'll have to eat from it. If I pump and have the milk in the fridge until she's ready to eat, should I just warm it by running the bottle under warm water until it reaches a good temp? Is room temperature too cold for them? I feel so confused about giving bottles, especially if we're out and about. As hard as br___tfeeding is, it is much easier than warming bottles and all that. I feel so dumb, but any advice would be appreciated.

 

Tammy276 - February 17

yes, run it under warm or hot water. We used to stick it in a bowl of hot water and let it sit for about 10 minutes to warm it up. DO NOT microwave b___st milk. Also, b___stmilk only stores for so long in the fridge, so if you are freezing and thawing, make sure you allow enough time for it to thaw before the feeding. Aslo, after you have pumped, test the temperature of the expressed milk on you wrist, that way you will get an idea of what temperature to warm it to when it comes out of the fridge. Room temperature should be perfect though

 

spamanda - February 17

I've never actually given ds a bottle, lol, BUT when my mother and husband do it, they fill up a big gla__s or mug with hot water and put the bottle in it until it's warm enough. Tammy is right, never ever use a microwave. There's lots of good info on here and on the la leche league website about pumping and feeding. Good luck and congrats on the baby!

 

DB - February 17

Thank you both. I feel so clueless sometimes about certain aspects of being a new mom. Every time we've actually left the house (maybe 3 times now) we've timed it so we leave right after dd eats and get back before she needs to eat again. Hopefully once I'm pumping more I'll be able to give her bottles (with pumped milk) if we're out and about instead of worrying about finding a place to feed.

 

kerryv - February 18

my sister, who has 3 kids, said to always introduce different temps to them-obviously not HOT. but right from the fridge, room temp, etc. you never know what they will like and if they are good with it being cold then it saves everyone time!

 

Lala - February 19

Hey, DB is nursing going better? Take care!

 

DB - February 19

It was getting much better....she would eat for 15 minutes in the middle of the night and go back to bed for at least 3 hours, then all of a sudden yesterday aftenoon she wouldn't stay latched on and then again in the middle of the night we were up for 1.5 hours again!! It sucked, but hopefully she'll get back on track!! She does have mild reflux so I think that has something to do with her getting really fussy. We have to burp A LOT to try to avoid her spitting up so much..poor thing. Thanks for asking!! How's everything with you?

 

Lala - February 19

That sounds so familiar! ds goes through phases with nursing too. He's had some bad days lately where he will not stop nursing at all! I run out of milk! I'm trying to make sure to drink LOTS of water, and eat enough calories so I can keep up with him. Last night he did great! He went to bed at midnight, and didn't wake until 5am!!!

 

Lala - February 19

I just found an interesting article from La Leche league. It helped me, and answered some question about ds nursing so much. They call them "frequency days". If you go to their site, and click on high needs infants (or something like that) then Why does my baby nurse to much?

 

Lala - February 19

oopps. . ."Why does my baby want to nurse constantly"

 

DB - February 19

That is an interesting article. She seemed to slow down her eating today, but since she's right about 3 weeks we could be in for some more "frequency days"!! But, I do feel better about BF than I did a week or so ago.

 

Lala - February 20

good for you! We have our up and down day too. Those days when he won't stop nursing at all are very hard!

 

DB - February 20

Funny thing, she has eaten BEAUTIFULLY today!! Hopefully she continues that way!!!

 

Lala - February 20

GREAT!! (didn't I say that something great happens between 2 and 3 weeks?) LOL! Way to go!! I always tell the new moms that b___stfeeding starts out as harder than bottle feeding, but later it gets much easier than bottlles, and you'll be glad you stuck to it! I had to keep telling myself to follow my own advice, as ds is my first.

 

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