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10/01/2013 at 12:14
I'm 18 weeks pregnant and so haven't had any detailed meetings with my midwife as of yet. But just wanted to ask some general questions about breastfeeding. I'm getting some mixed information which is making it hard to make an informed decision but I'd love to breastfeed for the health benefits.
How long should the baby feed directly from the nipple only? I've heard that you're not supposed to express for 'x' amount of time to let bubs adjust? But some saying saying two days, others two weeks, others 2 months so very confused. I'd love my OH to be able to feed bubs too =(
Also heard that all of the antibodies, etc (the colostrum) is only present for the first two weeks and then beyond that it's just milk...is this correct?
Someone also told me that you're no longer allowed to pre-bottle milk and store it in the fridge whether it be breastmilk or formula. I'm a bit concerned about being out in public without a premade supply!
Finally, (and I suppose this answer sort of relies on the last question too) but if you breastfeed and go on to do so for months. If you express in advance because you have a night out or something planned. How long does it take the alcohol to leave your system before it would be safe to breastfeed again?
I know that's a LOT of questions but I'm CLUELESS lol!
10/01/2013 at 12:59
As you've said there are lots of mixed views out there and it will largely come down your own individual preferences/judgement.
Colostrum is only present for the first couple of weeks before your milk properly comes in but baby will benefit from your breastmilk just the same (you'll be amazed at what your milk can do). You will normally be shown how to latch baby onto feed for the first time by your MW before you leave hospital (or before she leaves if you have a home birth).
In theory you can start expressing from 37wks into term (you're considered full term at this point) and some MWs even encourage this. When to start 'combi' feeding is again a matter of debate but will largely come down to your own baby. There are bottle teats designed to mimic your nipple in the flex but, like us adults learning a new job, some babies will adapt to the difference easily and others will find it more challenging. There are support groups out there who are on call 24/7 to talk you through these difficulties (they'll even help if you want to use a dummy).
I've not heard about no longer being able to store milk in the fridge/freezer but things do change constantly so I suppose it is possible (the same as the age you're supposed to solely Breastfeed changing from 4mths to 6mths). There are plenty of places out and about that will allow you to feed baby in comfort (you learn how to be discreet).
Lastly whilst breastfeeding baby is taking in everything from you. If you drink alcohol most people will tell you to allow 48hrs for it to clear your system. In truth, are you going to stop breastfeeding everytime you drink or take other prescribed medicenes? Baby is more likely to come to harm from you having drunk to much and accidentally injuring them whilst under the influence than if you drink sensibly and continue to feed your baby.
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