Re: Help! Questions about occasional pum
Best time to pump: depends on the mom and her routine. Most moms find that they have the most extra milk early in the morning, and pump after the baby's first morning nursing session.
Pumping just 2x per week is very unlikely to stimulate your supply to go into overdrive, but every individual reacts differently to pumping. So watch your baby and your body.
If you pump just once, you will not be locked into pumping for all eternity. Just don't fall into the "booby trap" where you use the pump instead of the baby too many times- babies are much better than pumps are when it comes to maintaining supply at the right level.
Occasional bottle feeding is something that many moms have success with, but you want to do the following:
- try different brands of bottles and nipples- your baby may be choosy about which one she likes
- have someone other than you introduce the bottle- babies tend to not like bottles from mom, since they know mom has the real thing
- be patient and keep trying if baby doesn't like the bottle right off the bat
- use a slow-flow nipple
- it's often better to leave 2 small bottles instead of 1 large bottle, since breastfed babies often prefer small, frequent meals over infrequent large ones
Most babies need about 1.5 oz of milk per hour when separated from mom.
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