Last week a neighbor that I'm friendly with asked me if I'd watch her 2-month-old for a few hours while she had oral surgery of some kind. At first, I hesitated, because the baby is so young - I wasn't sure how he'd do away from his mama for so long. I was a little uncomfortable with the idea, but I guess the surgery is kind of an emergency (she's having it tomorrow) and she's in a lot of pain.
Anyway, I agreed and assumed that I'd be feeding the baby expressed breast milk in some way but I guess she is not nursing and the baby is on imitation baby milk. She said she'd make up a couple of bottles for me to feed the baby if he becomes hungry. Needless to say, I am unnerved by this.
I've never fed a baby from a container or "bottle" and I don't know how to prepare IBM. It all seems very awkward and foreign to me, and to tell you the truth I am pretty sure it would make me sad to feed a LO like this. I am wondering if you think it would be okay to just nurse the baby while I have him (I am nursing my baby who is a few months older?) I know for sure I do not have any diseases, and I am not on any medications. I just feel so sorry for this baby, not having the goodness of mama milk, and I think I could benefit him in some small way by offering him my liquid gold. I would even be willing to hand express for him if he no longer has his natural latching instincts intact.
I don't want to overstep my boundaries with the mother, though, or seem weird. Do you think she'd be okay with me nursing her LO while she's away? Should I even tell her? Like I said, I know for a fact that I am disease and drug free so I am definitely not worried about that. But, I know my milk is made specifically for my baby's particular needs and age, so I wonder if my milk is okay for the younger baby - although I assume it's got to be better than IBM which is essentially produced for cows. I assume she'd be grateful to have me feed her baby the normal way, but you never know if she will get defensive or feel badly that for whatever reason her baby is on IBM. I just don't know if I can do the whole bottle feeding ordeal. I want to be helpful. What would you advise?