Re: Breastmilk feeding by father?
I'll weigh in on how it worked with us... Of course all babies are different and sometimes things turn out differently than we expect. I had surgery on day 4 after delivery and while I was under anaesthesia DS got hungry and they had to feed him formula from a Medela bottle. We hadn't anticipated the surgery and I was rushed in so I didn't have time to pump any colostrum into a bottle. [The little guy tore my cervix on the way out. Ouch.]
Needless to say he ate from a bottle at that time, then continued to breastfeed and eat from the Medela bottles. He didn't seem to mind the feeding source as long as there was breastmilk in it! But from talking to others it sounds like he may have been an extra flexible, easy baby to be like that. Some day we'll probably hit reality with baby #2!
I went back to work full time when he was 10 weeks old. All summer he's been taking bottles of breast milk from daddy and nursing whenever I'm home. Occasionally DS objects to bottles because he'd rather have mommy, or "straight from the tap" as DH says. : )
Mommy to William, 4/29/09, 7 lbs 13 oz, 21 inches.
Mommy to Evan, 3/18/06. 7 lbs 3 oz, 21 1/4 inches.
Nursed both boys to 14 months