Trina - posted on 06/14/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )
My boy is 6 weeks old tomorrow and I pumped for the first time today with medela pump - 10 minutes on one breast and about 7 on the other and got 4 ounces. It is now in the freezer in a glass medela slow flow infant bottle. We have read it is best to heat it under the faucet, starting with cold water, slowly adding hot so it is warm, then hot water. (Confused about why we can't jsut boil the bottle? Isn't that the way it was always done? Would use lots less water too. . . ) I hope to have husband start feeding him at least once a day to give me a break and help him bond more with baby, and prep for when I have work (I am freelance and expect to have / accept work that will sometimes conflict with feeding times by 3 months or so). I have an event I need to go to next weekend for which I want to leave him a bottle or two. So, I have read a little about this, but would like some tips or reccommended links from you all. How often is it okay for me to pump and for how long at a time should I do it (min/max)? How should we approach offering him the bottle? Are there times when it is best for him to be bottlefed vs breastfed? (I do know he will be more likely to take it from my husband, and with me not in site - maybe even out of the house - initially.) What things should we do and what things should we avoid? I know that is opening a big can of worms - saying throw at me whatever you got, but I would really appreciate it! Easiest thing might be some links to good sites. (Also, I searched for posts about this in Circle of Moms, but it was too much to wade through - but if you know of good old posted conversation on this topic, you all could aim me towards those!) Thanks!!