Re: temporary exclusive pumping/bottle feeding: bad idea?
The PPs gave excellent advice. I just want to add that if you decide to pump for a few days, keeping the baby at the breast just for a couple feedings per day may help her retain her latching skills and willingness to nurse. You also want to make bottle-feeding as much like breastfeeding as possible by doing the following:
- Keep the bottles small, just 2-3 oz
- Use slow-flow bottle nipples
- When it's time to nurse, open your shirt and cuddle baby close to bare skin. Tickle her lips with the bottle until she opens WIDE- don't let her learn sloppy latch habits from getting a bottle slipped into a half-open mouth.
- Pause the feeding after every ounce or so, to give baby a chance to read her own satiation cues.
Have you tried swaddling to cope with the squirming issue?
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