As noted above, I'm a hair over 28 weeks pregnant and have questions about breastfeeding. Being my first pg, everything is new so please forgive my stupidity.
I really want to, and plan on, breastfeeding/expressing milk when my son is born in November. DH really hopes to be a part of the feeding process (has agreed to assist with late-night feedings) and I would like to express milk so he can participate. To me, feeding is such a special little moment to share with your newborn and I believe this option would allow both DH and myself to enjoy it (and for baby to get breastmilk). I've read on other boards how DH can be involved by changing, bathing and such (and completely agree)...but I know DH would like to feed on the occasion and don't blame him.
Question: What type of pumping schedule do I need to do in order to bottle feed with breast milk? Do I pump every 2-3 hours, or some other variant?? I know pumping can be a struggle the first weeks due to low amounts of milk and bottle-nipples are not recommended until 3 weeks (side question: what about hospitals bottle-feeding newborns? don't they bottle-feed hour/day old newborns??).
Thank you for your tips!!
Jackson Dean edd 11.02.07