My second is due in June. I tried breastfeeding with my first but he was sick and my milk did not come in and he needed to be fed. Anyway I really really want to breastfeed this time around. I have a very busy schedule and I am wondering about pumping, starage and the baby switching back and forth from bottle (of breast milk) to breast. Will he get confused or frustrated. My husband also has said that if I breast feed, he will miss bonding with the baby durring feeding. So I guess my question is, is it possible to pump and store your milk and switch between bottle and breast?


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Everything I know about pumping has been said already so just a word on the father-baby bonding issue: Nappy-changing, giving a bath and maybe instead of using a pram using a baby-carrier and let Dad carry the baby are all lovely ways of bonding. It's really not all about the boob at all at all!

Ania - posted on 03/18/2012




To establish your supply I would wait at least 3 weeks to introduce the bottle, but it is better to wait 6 weeks....or more...until then feed on demand wich is really going to be demanding, don't get scared if you think you have supply issues in those early months because your baby wants to nurse all the every hour or so, because that is normal. Breastfeeding at first is extremely demanding for a mom. As for your husband....I don't mean to sound harsh, really, but kids are home for the next 20 years he will have time to bond and spoon feed them when they are older, for now breastfeeding should be priority, for future health reasons....I would also suggest read as much on breastfeeding as you can is a great resource. Give it to your husband to read it so he can support you more when you will struggle the most. That's what you need from him support and a lot of strong will at the beginning. I wish you the best of luck

Amy - posted on 03/17/2012




Yes it is possible to switch back and forth between breast and bottle, however I would hold off on introducing a bottle till you have a well established breast feeding relationship. I will say that I did introduce a bottle very early on with my daughter, within days of coming home from the hospital but I don't recommend it. My husband gave my daughter one bottle a day and it was always one of the middle of the night feedings so I could catch up on sleep. It wasn't till I went back to work full time that she received more then one bottle a day. We used playtex ventaire wide nipple bottles, we never switched nipples as she got older so we always used the 0-6 month nipples.

As far as pumping and storage goes, you can use medela storage bags or lansinoh storage bags, I never tried medela but I found that lansinoh had a tendency to break and leak while they were defrosting. I guess it's common because they can't use the regular chemicals that they use in zip lock baggies because it's harmful to the baby so the company suggested that I double bag the milk that I was freezing. When milk defrosts after being frozen in separates so the thicker stuff floats to the top and it looks watery on the bottom, that's completely normal and will not have any effect on the taste of the milk. I didn't freeze much milk because when i returned to work I pumped at work for the following day.

My husband never complained about missing out on bonding with either of my kids. He was primary care giver during the day when I returned to work and even though he didn't feed them a bottle 3 times a day he still found other ways to bond with each of them. My son is now 6 and a daddy's boy, my daughter is now self weening at two and she is also a daddy's girl so it's really what he makes of the bonding. Good luck, if you have any other questions don't hesitate to ask.

Brittney - posted on 03/17/2012




It is normal for pumped milk to vary in color, consistency and scent depending on your diet. Stored milk separates into layers. Cream will rise to the top. Gently swirl the warmed bottle to mix the milk layers.

You can continue to add small amounts of cooled breastmilk to the same refrigerated container throughout the day. Avoid adding warm milk to already cooled milk.

Pumped milk may be added to frozen milk provided it is first chilled and the quantity is less than what is frozen.

Store your milk in Medela's BPA-free breastmilk collection bottles or in disposable bags specifically designed for breastmilk, such as BPA-free Pump & Save™ Bags, by Medela.

Freeze milk in two (2) to five (5) oz portions. Small amounts will thaw more quickly. You will waste less milk this way and will avoid over-feeding. Liquids expand when frozen. Be sure to leave some extra room at the top of the container so the bottle or bag won't burst.

Seal containers tightly. Write the date on a piece of tape on the bag or bottle. Use the oldest milk first.

Some mothers report their defrosted breastmilk has a soapy taste or odor. This is due to a normally occurring enzyme, lipase, which helps to digest the fat content of the breastmilk. To avoid this from occurring, scald the breastmilk (do not bring to a boil) on a stove until tiny bubbles appear along the sides of the pan; do this before it is frozen. The scalding process will neutralize the enzyme preventing the soapy taste or smell.

many experts recommend avoiding nipple confusion by waiting until after the first two or three weeks (assuming nursing is going well) to introduce a bottle. (Plenty of babies, however, go back and forth between bottle and breast from day one, so do what feels right for you.) Even if you don’t feed your baby from a bottle at first, you can pump in the early days and store the milk in your freezer for later use. If you’re planning to go back to work, start pumping a few weeks beforehand to get the hang of it and to build up a stockpile of milk.

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