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Anyone planning to nurse and bottlefeed, or one or other?

post #1 of 33
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I nursed and bottle fed EBM my first one and will probably do the same with this one. I do plan to do things a little differently though and hopefully with have a little better start. For example I didnt get to nurse her till the next day, and we had some major issues....but then I feel at the same time if we were able to get past the more then week long breast strike I should be able to get past anything with the next one.

What are your thoughts. Do you plan to nurse, bottle feed, or do both?
post #2 of 33
I have to go back to work eventually (within the first 3 months) so I'll be pumping and bottlefeeding while I'm at work... unless I can somehow swing having the baby at work.
post #3 of 33
I will be breastfeeding. I am a WAHM, so I am very rarely seperated from my kids while they are little and nursing, so I don't think I will have to bottle feed at all.
post #4 of 33

this is what I am going to do.

I will be breastfeeding, but I will pump for an evening out with my dh or so dh can watch the baby while me and my dd (now 3) can do something special together. With my dd I only pumped for an evening out. I hated having to pump and since I did not do it often I would have to sometimes pump 2-3 times for one 8 0z bottle. Worth it IMO for a little break. THis time I plan to try to pump a little more and I will probably try to sling baby more at first if I can (I have a bad back w/ 2 herniated discs and am having a c-sec - I am enormously boobed 38G currently and last time I had a hard time finding a sling/puch that worked for me - I am short too so all boob makes it hard to sling when you don't have a long waist - gonna try though.

I am also going to be teaching 2 hours a week. Baby and dd will be there with me, but I would like to have a bottle in the fridge so the caregiver there can feed her if she gets hungry while I teach. Ideally I would like to add an extra pumping session every other day or something (suggestions?) starting at about 3 months - school will start back up when baby is 4 months.

Good luck to you. I admire any woman who is devoted enough to pump for their baby.
post #5 of 33
I will have to pump and bottlefeed once I return to work.
post #6 of 33
Same here - I'll be pumping and giving EBM with a bottle for nights out with dh and things like that.

With my dd, I was sort of "talked into" giving her formula on a couple of occasions and she always threw it up...I feel so awful for ever giving it to her, so this time, I'm doing what I feel is right for me and and my plan is to give this one breastmilk ONLY.

As a footnote, after I realized that dd wouldn't tolerate the formula, we were EBF until she was around 6 months (when she hesitantly started solids...not gonna rush that with this one either). I even put the pump away unless I was engorged and made sure she was at the breast whenever she was hungry.

I do remember that the first six weeks of bfing were hell...I had so much discomfort...every time dd latched on I would start crying because it hurt so bad, but I was determined to continue. It was a real nightmare and I have a feeling that this one will be just as difficult getting started, but at least I know it will pass and we'll get into a nice rhythm and then it will become super easy.

I bf'd dd for 21 months and I loved every single moment of it...I'm looking forward to nursing again.

Geez...sorry for the ramble!
post #7 of 33
With ds1 I went back to work pt when he was 10 weeks - I pumped at work until he was 1 year old Man, was I happy when I stopped pumping! I am so looking forward to beinmg home full time with this baby! And not having to pump, although, I will have the pump ready to go should the need arise...I am thinking that bf will be a whole new experience with us together all the time.
post #8 of 33
I'll be EBF but hopefully pumping once in a while so that DH and I can go out. We'll see.

B
post #9 of 33
i'm a work at home mum too, so i'll be EBFing. I don't plan on bottle feeding.
post #10 of 33
With my first dd, I had to go back to work for a couple of months until DH got a job (he was finishing defending his PhD dissertation when dd1 was born) so I had to pump and leave bottles of EBM with my mother-in-law, who was watching her. So glad I did though, I was lucky I could pump tons so we never had to supp with formula. With dd2, she never once had a bottle her whole life, since I'm home full-time now and we were never separated longer than the time between feedings Well of course until she was a lot older and eating us out of house and home and could wait to nurse if I was out This baby will be the same - I don't intend to even have a bottle in the house, he or she will be totally EBF until it's time for starting solids and a sippy cup in addition to nursing (7-8 months).
post #11 of 33
I'll be at home, so I'll be breastfeeding. I'll probably get hand pump to help with engorgement if necessary, and my mom recommended that I get at least a small stash of EBM going so that if I start to go nuts and need to get out on my own for an afternoon that DH will have something to feed the nursling. I'm not really sure how that's all going to play out though. Is pumping something you need to "practice"? Does your body just get it or do you have to prime it, if you know what I mean? Also, I read somewhere that the best time to introduce a bottle was between 4-6 weeks old, is that what everyone else has heard?

I'll pretty much play it by ear and see how it all goes, I guess.
post #12 of 33
I'm a SAHM, so I EBF. My ds had to be separated from me once when he was six months old for about 6 hours and I had pumped some milk for him, and he refused the bottle! Guess he just liked the boob.
post #13 of 33
I plan to beastfeed beyond infancy and let my baby self-wean. I'm gonna attend some La Leche League meetings very soon to inform me as much as possible.
My husband and I made the decision that I won't go back to work so that I can breastfeed the baby among other things. But if he needs me financially, I will be back to work. Given the price of childcare in London, going back to work is not always the cheapest option anyway!
post #14 of 33
I'm with Keeta in that I don't know how it all works. I will have to pump and bottlefeed once I return to work, and I'm not quite sure when that will be. Sometimes I'm overwhelmed by how much there is to learn. I suppose it's true LLL is a good resource to check into
post #15 of 33
Not sure what we'll do this time. I started to work PT when DD was about 3 months & if went fine. I was nursing with a nipple shield, so I think that made taking a bottle easier. She did get some formula because I couldn't pump enough.

This time, I may be able to bring baby to work with me until its mobile. Plus, I really hope to nurse without a nipple shield, so my luck baby won't take a bottle! So, who knows what will happen!

L
post #16 of 33
With ds#1, I went back to teaching, so I pumped and he took bottles of breastmilk while I was gone. With ds#2, I stopped working and he nursed on-demand for almost the first 18 months (that was when I first started putting some boundaries on nursing, esp. night nursing). He never took a bottle - or paci - or anything "artificial" - he just liked the real thing. He's still nursing now, so this time I'm be tandem nursing (with ds#1 sneaking a drink when he can), and don't see any need for pumping. I believe in and since ds#2 was born, have practice ecological breastfeeding (well, up until I added some boundaries ... that was when my cycle finally came back too), and will do ecological bf'ing with this one too.
post #17 of 33
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Originally Posted by Keeta
I'll be at home, so I'll be breastfeeding. I'll probably get hand pump to help with engorgement if necessary, and my mom recommended that I get at least a small stash of EBM going so that if I start to go nuts and need to get out on my own for an afternoon that DH will have something to feed the nursling. I'm not really sure how that's all going to play out though. Is pumping something you need to "practice"? Does your body just get it or do you have to prime it, if you know what I mean? Also, I read somewhere that the best time to introduce a bottle was between 4-6 weeks old, is that what everyone else has heard?

I'll pretty much play it by ear and see how it all goes, I guess.
Pumping is not something you can really practice until after the baby is here and your milk is in. Pumping can be hard. No matter how much or long I'd pump, I'd only get 1 oz. Luckly, I am a sahm so it was like I had to.

4-6 weeks is way to early imho. It take usually at least 6 weeks for the mom and the baby to work things out with breastfeeding. You don't want nipple confusion.

With my first, he had 3 bottles when he was 3 weeks old becasue I had surgery It did fine. With my second I never really introduced the bottle until she was 5 months old and I had to go somewhere. She did ok.

Head over to the breastfeeding forum. Lots of really good info there.

My first self weaned at almost 3. 6 weeks before I had my dd My dd is 32 months old and is nursing 2 a day. I let them both self wean.
post #18 of 33
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Originally Posted by Keeta
Is pumping something you need to "practice"? Does your body just get it or do you have to prime it, if you know what I mean? Also, I read somewhere that the best time to introduce a bottle was between 4-6 weeks old
It's not so much that you need to "practice" it, but you should be aware that pumping success varies from woman to woman - some moms never have much luck with it, while others can flood those containers to overflowing like you wouldn't believe! And it can take a little while to get the hang of it. Just remember - even the most advanced breastpump on the market is no match for a real baby's suckling, so don't be scared that you "don't have enough milk" if you can't pump much (I get calls like this all the time for LLL - moms try to pump for the first time and see they're only getting an ounce or two and they freak out and think that's all the baby has been getting - not the case!)

That being said, pumping can take a little getting used to, and you need to allow a little time to build up your supply if you plan to pump regularly (like those going back to work). The "practice" part is more just figuring out what works for you. The let-down reflex is emotional as well as physical - for some women who have trouble letting down for the pump, looking at a picture of their baby helps, for some, smelling their baby's scent on a blanket or something does the trick. Some women need to distract themselves by reading a magazine or something while pumping, while others need the exact opposite - total quiet and no distractions. So you kinda need to do some trial and error and figure out what helps you pump better. Also, some pumps have variable settings, and changing the setting to mimic your baby's suck-swallow pattern can help. Sometimes the time of day matters - there are moms who can pump a lot at certain times and not at others.

If you need to pump regularly, like for work, you may want to start pumping earlier, both to store some extra milk and to get your supply up. If it's just an occasional thing, you don't need to worry so much about this. I recommend waiting 6-8 weeks before introducing a bottle, if you can help it (obviously if you have to go back to work sooner, you gotta do what you gotta do). And you want someone else to give the bottles to get him used to it - the baby will often refuse to take a bottle from mom when he can smell you and knows that "the source" is there! It takes patience, some babies will refuse the bottle so you need to work at it - some babies prefer a certain type of nipple or a certain flow speed or even a certain feeding position, so you can experiment with all that.

I can't stress enough, if this is your first baby you should start going to LLL meetings now!! We encourage moms to start coming by 4 months pregnant, so they can get to know their local Leaders and attend at least one of each of the four monthly meeting topics before the baby comes (and you never know, you might be early!)
post #19 of 33
I'll be nursing (til kiddo decides she's done), and I guess I'll have a hand pump around for just in case. I don't want to mess with bottles at all at first, but after a few months, I can see how it would be nice to go out for a few hours here and there if I had some EBM stocked up.
post #20 of 33
I plan to breastfeed. Hopefully I won't have to work anywhere that I can't carry babe with me.
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