I pumped right in the hospital because we had some difficulties getting a good latch at first.
As Alexander has already stated it is recommended to wait before introducing a bottle or other nipple. Our puplic health nurses said, "until breastfeeding is well established". That being said, I know of many moms like myself who had to use a bottle early on for different reasons and their baby didn't experience nipple confusion.
Great news, right away! However, the colostrum should apparently be expressed by hand, if I read the Tiny Tot correctly. We didn't actually start until about a week after we came home, but just because we didn't want to give her a bottle before. And actually it is recommended to wait even longer w/ the bottle (unless of course you want to exclusively bottle feed).
We found that using the smaller bottle nipples worked better for us, as she could put her mouth around the larger part of the silicon nipple to kind of simulate the areola. I guess that helped with not confusing the bottle and the breast, as we still want to mainly breast feed, but sometimes mom just needs some sleep and dad (me) can feed her with the bottle.
See the Tiny Tot online here, page 362, following and before.
answered 23 Oct '10, 17:54
Colostrum will be coming out for at least the first few days of pregnancy and breast pumps aren't good about extracting that. Remember that the size of your baby's stomach is like a walnut at birth and due to the supply-demand relationship, you will not have a lot of milk to be pumping out the first few weeks. As your baby's appetite increases, your supply will increase.
Some women can take as long as a week for their milk to "come in". And you should give yourself at least 2 weeks to get the hang of breastfeeding (esp. if this is your first time). My friend's doctor told her to wait at least 6 weeks before introducing a bottle. You want to make sure baby's jaw muscles get strong for breastfeeding as well. All these variables that are hard to measure right?
Ultimately, it's your choice. You can always stop pumping and exclusively breastfeed and vice versa whenever you want. Many women have successfully exclusively breastfed their babies after the baby has been in the NICU for weeks being fed formula through a bottle. Your dedication to breastfeeding makes all the difference. The supply-demand design is highly intelligent and your baby customizes their milk every time they nurse.
My doctor said to wait a few weeks to make sure my supply had evened out; otherwise you risk oversupply. As Tammy said, you should wait about this long to introduce the bottle to avoid nipple confusion.
That being said, my guy had a couple of bottles of formula in the hospital due to some mild blood sugar issues, and he never had a problem. Some women have low supply from the get-go and they probably should start pumping early. If you have any special scenarios, talk to a lactation consultant.
answered 25 Oct '10, 13:16
As well as the possible detrimental effects on the supply-demand relationship and the possibilities of nipple confusion, both mentioned by previous posters, and neither minor points, since either could lead ultimately to breastfeeding failing. You may also like to consider that pumping and putting the milk into a bottle allow harmful bacteria into the milk - whereas breastmilk going straight from nipple into mouth contains only those live elements that are supposed to be in it.
All of these together would suggest leaving it until 1. breastfeeding is established and 2. the baby is strong enough to deal with any possible infection you may inadvertently introduce.
Precisely when this is will vary from baby to baby, but as a rough guide, at least 6 weeks?
answered 21 Mar '11, 16:42
I know it is hard to brest feed a child, but think about it this way, wen you are breastfeeding your baby, you are not only feeding his body, also you are reinforcing the bounds between you too, you are trasfering to him the experience of touching another human beens skin, feling the worm and soft tissue of your breast.
He would be a much better person if you do this
Breastfeeding has been demonstrated to enhance psychological interactions between mothers and infants. Several studies have shown that breastfeeding benefits infants of psychologically healthy mothers by increasing bonding opportunities.10,11 For example, one noteworthy study demonstrated that breastfeeding mothers touch their infants more frequently and that greater maternal-infant touching occurred during feeding as well as during a subsequent play interaction, suggesting that the relational benefits of breastfeeding extend beyond the feeding situation.12 Other research has shown that mothers who breastfeed exhibit increased physiological and social responsiveness toward their infants,13 that breastfed infants are more alert and responsive,14 and that more reciprocity and affection is observed in breastfeeding dyads.15-17.
enjoy that moment and try not to use a bottle in a long time, even if you can.Blockquote