I Dont Know What To Do

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preeti - October 18

i really want my baby to have the best-br___t milk-but i dont want to br___t feed. i would be most comfortable with doing a couple of feedings per day directly from br___t and the rest-particulary at night from the bottle. anyone had any luck with this. and for those that primarily pump and feed-how many times per day do you have to pump?


pea - October 18

even though you dont want to b___st feed but you want baby to have the milk i would compleatly feed off the b___st for a week or 2 and start pumping once the milk comes in but doing so may make you not have quite enough milk


Jamie - October 19

Honestly, you'll probably find that it's easier to b___stfeed than bottle feed at night. But, you can pump exclusively - just pump the way the baby would eat, every 3 hours during the day, and 4 or 5 hours at night. Don't go more than 5 hours without pumping at night. If you pump exclusively, you will probably want an electric double pump, since they're more efficient. One that is recommended frequently is a Medela. I personally use an Avent Isis manual pump, but I only pump enough for an occasional bottle, since I'm a stay-at-home mom. You might want to reconsider putting baby on the b___st, though; it's a great opportunity to cuddle with your baby, and they're only this little once - won't be too long before he/she doesn't want to sit down and cuddle with you. But, ultimately, it is your decision. I would suggest contacting a lactation consultant or La Leche League, and talk to someone about setting up a pattern that works for you. It might also be easiest, if, when the baby is a newborn, and eating constantly, to just b___stfeed - otherwise, you'll be pumping constantly to feed a bottomless pit. Up to you. Oh, yeah - if you experience a shortage of supply, there are herbal supplements you can take, specifically fenugreek and blessed thistle. I also have noticed that my supply increases dramatically if I just drink more water.


qwert - October 24

why not bottle feed by day and b___st by night? i find it easier. why? 1)night is when most people are asleep and you won't have to be discreet 2)babies are less distracted at night 3) gives you more sleep at night. it's easier to b___st feed at night then having to wake up to prepare the bottle. 4)baby don't have to wait for milk and if he drinks without fussing, then he's mre likely to go back to sleep which is what you want at night



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