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08/04/2013 at 18:29
I seem to be getting so much conflicting information about how to feed, so just wondering what people were told. I was told to offer one breast at a feed and if she wanted to go back on within an hour of starting out her back into that breast. However it seems that most people offer both. So what is your feeding approach
also I would like to start introducing a bottle of expressed milk so I can have a longer sleep as rarely beyond an hour at a time at the moment. How do I do this without effecting supply and creating nipple confusion. Is it too early at 3 weeks?
08/04/2013 at 18:44
I offered both boobs and restarted on the second one, as that was usually the one i finished one. A little bit further on you can tell which one to start with just by feel. Go with whatever has been working for you though.
As for expressing, the difficulty is that you will need to express at the same time baby feeds. In order to keep your supply up. Or i found that anyway, so at this stage it didn't mean i could feed her myself any less. I introduced a bottle at 4 weeks and had no trouble with nipple confusion. HOwever, i found it such a faff and bottles/sterilising is a pain compared with just putting them on the boob. So i didn't bother keeping up with it long enough and by 10 weeks she wouldn't take a bottle at all. She didn't take one again until 7 months when i introduced formula.
I would say if you can hold off a bit longer with a bottle it might be a good idea. It is also still very, very early days and it will get much easier and feeds much less frequent. As someone who BFed for 7 months and then FF for another 6 i can tell you BFing is way less hassle. I'm not trying to make it seem like it was easy, it is VERY hard going to begin with, i completely understand but it does get easier. HOpe that makes sense!! When we have another i'll probably wait until 5/6 weeks to introduce a bottle but then make sure i keep it up regularly.
08/04/2013 at 19:24
I was told to offer one then the other, but I am a bit lobsided so tend to offer the fuller one twice or if she only feeds a short time I go back on the same breast as she may not have got down to the fatty milk.
No advice on the bottle I'm afraid. x
08/04/2013 at 19:33
I was also told one each feed and used this method until we stopped bf'ing at 10 months. Thinking about it, if you had the NCT teacher at the David Lloyd venter we may have the same source of advice. The only times I offered two was occasionally during growth spurts when he'd do 5
45 minutes on one side then switch.
We introduced an occasional bottle of EBM at 2.5 weeks and never had any problems with nipple confusion. He was a good feeder from day 1 though, so fairly established by then. If I were you I'd do it in the next fortnight.
Hope you're doing ok, you know where I am if you need me, or just fancy a cake and baby cuddle date ;-)
08/04/2013 at 20:25
I just offer one. When he comes off I take it as feed finished. I never offer the second breast. The next time he cries for a feed I feed from the other boob. I feed on demand and go q a long time between feeds generally.
Not sure if this is against advice but I works for us
08/04/2013 at 20:33
Thanks guys think I'll stick with advice... It was the nhs breast feeding woman who was a support worker tat gave us that advice. Bg can't wait to see you soon, we are being a bit careful about public places and germs at the moment (h is being a bit over protective but I'll indulge him!) but can get a date in the diary for a few weeks time? X
08/04/2013 at 20:36
It depends if the first one feels empty. Sometimes A has a mammoth feed and empties my boob then wants more after being winded. In that case I offer him the second one.
If he hasn't emptied the first and wants feeding again within an hour I offer the same breast. At about 4 weeks my boobs calmed down and didn't feel as solid and I can now generally tell by feel which one I need to feed from.
We introduced a bottle of EBM on Friday when A was 6 weeks. Took a while to take to it, but seems to be ok so far.
08/04/2013 at 22:11
I saw a lactation consultant at the hospital today and she said to offer the same breast for the same feed, not to switch half way through.
08/04/2013 at 22:22
My midwife told me to just offer one but a breastfeed support worker told me to offer both which I do now and it seems to really help.
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