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Newborn babies need to eat frequently, and need to be held most of the time. Breastfeeding makes life easier for new mom, not harder, because it eliminates the need for time and energy spent on pumping and bottles and cleaning of both.
In the early weeks and months, if you have support, have those people do whatever they can for you (Food prep, cleaning, errands etc) so that you can relax and take care of your baby.
If you have someone else give your baby a bottle, the risk is that it will cause latch/sucking issues and eventually, breast refusal. To try to avoid this, the two most important cautions are to make sure baby is not overfed and also to make sure the bottle is given in a breastfeeding supportive way, which means paced bottle feeding to slow the feeding down and give baby control over the milk flow. A slow flow nipple is probably a good idea, but specialized nipples are not necessary if baby is fed with the correct positioning and with caregiver being very careful to follow babies cues and build pauses into the bottle feeding. The "traditional" way of feeding a baby, using gravity to stuff baby full of more milk than baby wants or needs, is very destructive to breastfeeding.
For pumping, yes, pumping more than your baby needs is going to increase your milk production, and yes, this can cause problems in some cases. So the caution to take there is to pump as little as possible. This means, infrequently and not for a long time each time-just enough to...