Re: bunch of questions!
1. What you're describing sounds pretty normal, really. Following his hunger/fullness cues are the best way to tell if he's getting enough.
Originally Posted by tyler'smommy
2. Before you make the decision to toss it, you can try rotating through that stock, and sending some of it to daycare for him. Or consider using it when making foods for baby - I've heard of it being used in cereal, oatmeal, muffins, pancakes, etc. If you're unsure of it because of the date, try the sniff test - you'll definitely know if it's too late to use!
3. Once a bottle has touched baby's lips, it should be used within about an hour. Bacteria contamination can start as soon as baby's lips touch it. If baby's lips haven't touched the bottle nipple, then you might have some more time. Every mother's milk is different, and even the milk pumped at different times by the same mother can be different, so there are no specific rules. You have to use your best judgement.
4. If baby is still giving signs that he's hungry, then he needs to nurse. Some babies can go longer between sessions, some can't. Only you and he will be able to tell.
5. What kind of pump are you using? You can try playing with the pump settings, see if you letdown better for more or less suction, faster or slower suction.
You can combine freshly pumped milk with refrigerated milk, but some authorities suggest that you refrigerate both first, and combine them once they are the same temp. The reasoning behind this is also bacterial contamination - adding warm milk to cool milk raises the temp of the cool milk, making a better environment for bacteria to grow.
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