I pump and feed my baby breast milk by bottle, Do you too?

Beth - posted on 03/31/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I exclusively pump and feed my baby breast milk by bottle. Does anyone else do it this way and how do you like it? So far at month 4 it is going wonderfully for me and my daughter. My fiance feeds her while I pump and I am storing up so I can stop the actual pumping early and yet still keep giving her breast milk for the first full year. Just hoping to meet some moms trying the same technique.

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Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2010

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I do nurse my daughter when I am home; however, I do pump regularly at work to keep up my milk supply. My daughter does get my milk in bottles 5 days a week when she is at her sitters house. I will even pump on weekends if we are going out and there isnt a proper place for me to nurse her.

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Robyn - posted on 01/23/2014

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I am trying the exact same thing! I started because my daughter was having trouble gaining back her birth weight and it bugged me to not know how much she is getting. We are only in month 1, and actually we have only been doing this for a week but I love it and feel so much more at ease. I have been giving her every other bottle with formula because I am trying to build a surplus for when I go back to work and I just can"t figure out how else to do it. How are you building your surplus? Maybe I just need to pump more often?

Tina - posted on 04/02/2010

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I nurse early morning and after work and express two times a day while at work for the next day. While it's great if you can express enough to store for later, please keep in mind that breast milk changes according to baby's needs throughout that first year, so don't store for too long.

Aisha - posted on 04/02/2010

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I did the same for the first 3 and half months because she didn't want to latch on my breast. by the time she took my breasts I discovered that I am pregnant. therefore I had to give her formula.

Stacey - posted on 04/01/2010

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when my child was 2 months old i started doing this. i would pump at work 3-4 times a day, then pump at home too. it worked great for us. i weened my child around 7 months and started formula. it is going well too. good luck with this. it is hard to keep it up for a whole year, i know, i did it with my second child. it takes alot of commitment. congrats on what you are doing for your child. good luck with everything

Melissa - posted on 04/01/2010

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I couldn't nurse, so I pumped and bottle fed. I didn't have much to begin with, so I added formula, then after about a week I was doing fine, for two weeks I was producing just enough, then it dipped again, so after a month I went to formula.

Susan - posted on 04/01/2010

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I had trouble getting my daughter to latch on from the very beginning so they started me pumping before I even left the hospital. Then we discovered that I had a low milk supply so they told me to pump every 2-3 hours (except at night). She finally did start to get the hang of it around 3 weeks, but my supply was too low so after she was done eating, she's still needed more from a bottle. So I decided to forget the breastfeeding and just pump and we still had to supplement with formula because I didn't make enough milk. I ended up feeling like I was attached to that pump all the time. Whenever we were out I was always watching the clock to make sure we'd be back for the next pumping. Or if we went away I had to take the pump with me. Eventually I decided it was just too much and when I went back to work, I only pumped before and after work which then caused my little supply to dry up even more. By 5 months, I decided I just couldn't do it anymore. It was increasingly difficult to find the time and I honestly just began to hate that time with the pump. Although I did want to continue to give my daughter breastmilk, I was relieved and much happier when I stopped pumping. I've chatted with some other women who have pumped exclusively for 9-12 months and I congratulate them. It's a lot of work and a lot of time.

Jennifer - posted on 04/01/2010

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I did this with my first daughter for 4 months. It was really really hard for me - I never felt like I got enough with the pump, and also I felt like I was pumping ALL the time. I didn't have someone to help out with the baby much, so night-time feedings were really hard. She needed to eat every 2.5 hours, so I'd have to feed her and then pump which took 45+ minutes, and by the time I got done, it was almost time to feed her again!
I have a lot of respect for the women who have made exclusive pumping work long-term - it's really hard and requires a lot of dedication! You go!! :-)

Katy - posted on 03/31/2010

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I exclusively pump also...long story short I ended up with a breast abscess when my daughter was a few weeks old...so I was done with the breastfeeding. It's hard to find alot of info on exclusively pumping. It's alot of work, but well worth it. I do love the fact that my husband can feed her when I'm pumping. One of the best tips I found online was to just store the breast pump shells in a ziploc bag in the fridge in between pumping. That way I only wash them once a day instead of after every time! My daughter is 4 1/2 mo old now, and I have about 30 bags of milk in the freezer.

Kayliecia - posted on 03/31/2010

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I was doing the same thing until about 3 months..it was like i was pumping and feeding all the time...he never properly latched on so i was only pumping and i needed to go to college as well...very hard. good luck though.

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