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    Exclamation How much in each bottle feed? When to pump?

    I'm returning to work in approximately 2 weeks (baby is 4 weeks old today). I work part time and will only need to be away from her 2 days a week. I need to introduce bottle to baby ASAP. How much do I put in each bottle per feeding once she welcomes the bottle? Is there a resource that is helpful?

    My "oldest" milk reserve is colostrum, is it alright to start with this? Pros? Cons?

    I have been pumping 1x a day in the morning after a feed, is this best? What have others done?

    Thanks, hard to imagine going back to work But will be happy if baby is still getting breastmilk, even if from the bottle a few times a week.

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    Default Re: How much in each bottle feed? When to pump?

    You can give baby any of your previously collected and frozen milk, colostrum or not, it is all milk and good and healthy for baby. It probably makes sense to start with the "oldest" just because that milk will be no longer usable sooner than "newer' milk. But since milk in the freezer is good for several months that is your call.

    When thinking about introducing bottles BEFORE mom returns to work, I think it is important to remember these are just for practice. You are there to nurse, so baby will not starve if baby does not take much or even if baby refuses altogether at first. Try not to stress about it.

    There really is no rush. I would suggest start sometime in the next few days with a practice bottle of a very small amount, less than an ounce. Even after you are back to work, bottles should be no more than 1-3 ounces at a time, so starting with a half ounce or so is plenty for "practice." This way you do not waste your freezer stash and also you do not start off with baby getting so much in bottles it disrupts breastfeeding. There is no reason to give baby more than one bottle a day before returning to work- in fact that is probably more than is needed. If baby takes the bottle no problem, then you can relax and give one or two more bottles before going back to work. If baby has a hard time with taking the bottle, then you might want to work on baby taking a little in the bottle once a day. Try not to stress! There are other ways to give baby milk than bottles. If you find baby is out and out refusing a bottle, get back to us and we can offer ideas.

    Since your baby is very young, it is very important bottles are given in a breastfeeding supportive way to prevent baby being overfed or fed overly rapidly with bottles. This often leads to breast refusal and you definitely want to avoid that. So learn about paced bottle feeding and make sure caregiver knows how to do this. I will link info below. This is VERY important, so make sure you understand it.

    Pumping one ounce a day is probably fine. I do not know how much you have stored already, but one ounce a day over two weeks will give you a stash of 14 ounces, probably much more than enough for your first day back at work-but that depends on how long a separation there will be. I assume you are planning to pump while at work? If you want a bigger stash, try to pump one and a half or 2 ounces a day.

    Here is more information:

    Paced feeding and safe milk handling: http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...fyour_milk.pdf
    Paced feeding videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH4T70OSzGs and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykdFuEOIdeE
    How much expressed milk will baby need: http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/
    Introducing a bottle to a breastfed baby: http://www.lalecheleague.org/llleade...1-2009p12.html
    Last edited by @llli*maddieb; January 10th, 2016 at 12:21 PM.

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