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14/04/2013 at 17:26
I have bought myself a Medea swing and plan to express to stock the freezer, that way if I get ill or really tired H can give A a bottle. I have expressed 50ml off this afternoon and plan to try A with the calma bottle that come with the pump.
Any tips on how to get her to take it? Also I have bought bags to express into - how much should I try and express per bag to freeze?
14/04/2013 at 17:56
I'd have your H give her the bottle, don't be in the room, or she may smell your milk and prefer that to the bottle being offered. I'm not sure on the quantities to freeze in front, you could try smaller amounts (couple of oz) at first until you have more if an idea of how much she might take per feed, then freeze in appropriate amounts. Other than the cost of the bags, it makes sense to freeze in small quantities anyway as you have more flexibility that way, and they defrost quicker! Good luck, hope the bottle goes well.
14/04/2013 at 18:42
Just remember if you're ill it's best to feed through it as you'll pass on the antibodies you're making to fight the illness on to baby through your milk. Much better to feed through illness than give expressed milk.
As for how to give a bottle, I'd not worry about who gives it etc, just be relaxed and give it a go. You may find that you need to try a few bottles before LO gets used to a particular type. My LO didn't take a bottle for 7 months though and this isn't uncommon for BF babies so just keep trying.
As she is so tiny I'd freeze in 3oz portions and go from there.
14/04/2013 at 19:10
I just gave it to J- I figured may as well just try it and then if he didn't take it try something else, he took it straight away so we just carried on.
With expressing I always tried to get one feeds worth per bag so to start with was about 4oz/120ml and then increased as he got bigger. If I couldn't get that amount I would just freeze and then the next time I expressed stop when I had a full feed amount e.g if I wanted 150 ml but could only get 90ml I would only express 60 in a bag next time so I knew it was a feeds worth. If I was really fully I would express more but into a separate bag- I found this way we didn't waste and milk.
Well she took about 2/3rd of the 50mL from the bottle before she gave up think she slaked her thirst and then decided she wanted me instead which is fine. Think freezing in smaller quantities is a good plan for flexibility.
Hep - So far I have been really well with regards to my fits and seizures, my plan was to get to 3 weeks exclusively and any extra days were a bonus and now I have achieved that I want to try for as long as possible to keep her on breastmilk rather than if I am indisposed H having to give formula if we are at home he will be able to give her mummy milk instead. not planning on expressing everyday just enough to give us some flexibility. Also going to a wedding at the end of May and going to send her off with her auntie after dinner so she is not around for the loud noises
14/04/2013 at 19:41
I'm really sorry LG - I was thinking ill as in cold/flu/d&v etc. I totally forgot your exact situation. I must have sounded rude and inconsiderate so I am really sorry.
I think it's really good to be prepared, small quantities in each bag and feed for as long as you can.
Again I'm sorry, I really didn't mean to seem so rude xx
14/04/2013 at 22:39
Hep not a problem! You did not come across as rude at all! I don't expect people to remember, plus I am sure other who read and me included would forget about antibodies in the milk for babies when you are sick.
14/04/2013 at 23:03
Glad I didn't offend LG xx
15/04/2013 at 09:32
I didn't know that about it being best to feed when ill so you've helped me!
15/04/2013 at 11:38
Oh, I'd never thought about it being best to feed when you are ill to give the antibodies either!!
Although having a supply in the freezer is a great idea. I've been on loads of antibiotics recently (for the past 4 weeks) for firstly mastitis, then deep breast thrush, then a staff infection in my nipple, so we weren't able to freeze any. Then last week I was really ill, and dehydrated, which massively reduced my milk supply and we had to resort to topping up with formula to keep Angus fed. We're now freezing it in 4oz portions, and at the moment aiming for one bag a day to build up a stock.
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