Could It Be Alright to Pump and Bottle Feed Rather of Breastfeed


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If you believe that breast milk is the best food choice for your child, but you are not able to breastfeed, or you don’t want to, that’s where pumping comes in. It’s absolutely OK to pump your breast milk and give it to your baby in a bottle. Pumping is a great way to provide your child with your breast milk without putting them to the breast.

Both breastfeeding and pumping are excellent ways to feed a baby breast milk. Breast milk is the natural food for infants, and pumping can offer. Some women don’t have a choice about pumping, (refusal to latch, low supply, having multiples, or returning to work) and they must pump and bottle-feed if they want to continue feeding their baby breast milk. Other moms have the flexibility to decide if they want. The answer to the question, is it ok to pump and not just breastfeed”, is a yes, provided, you find yourself in one of the instances that we have described below: Your baby was born prematurely and is in the neonatal care for the first few months, as a.

A common mistake of pumping mom sis that MANY mothers CAN pump more than one feeding during one pump session. That is due ot early oversupply. Not all moms can, but many can.

You might be able to pump 4 oz when a baby is only taking an ounce per feed. You STILL have to pump at the next feed. Ultimately the decision to breastfeed vs bottle feed is made by the parents, but parents should strongly consider breastfeeding as a very health-conscious option.

Because there are many health and relational benefits of breastfeeding, it is strongly suggested by all medical communities. The Benefits of Breastfeeding vs Bottle Feeding Formula. As long as you wait until your supply is established and your baby has started gaining weight well, you should be able to combine breast and bottle feeding without much difficulty. For more information see the articles Pumping and Storing Breastmilk, Introducing Bottles and Pacifiers, and Returning to Work. As long as you breast feed super often those first few weeks to establish a good supply you shouldn’t have to pump.

Although other mommas made a good point about having a stash for if you want to go out at some point without LO. In most cases when breastfeeding is going well you will not need to pump your breast milk. If you do need to express milk occasionally due to engorgement or because you need to leave some milk for your baby while you’re apart; hand expression can work very well.

If you feel your supply is decreasing too much, pump during at least one of your missed sessions and breastfeed as much as possible when you’re with your baby. The time of day can matter How to use a breast pump.

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Unless you are pumping for your newborn because breastfeeding is not established yet, it’s best to wait until about six weeks, when your supply is established and your baby has got the hang of breastfeeding, before you pump or introduce a bottle.

“The Positive Birth Book: A new approach to pregnancy, birth and the early weeks” by Milli Hill
from The Positive Birth Book: A new approach to pregnancy, birth and the early weeks
by Milli Hill
Pinter & Martin Ltd, 2017

The advantages of pumping the breast at least every 4 hours are to ensure that the baby will receive breast milk when the mother is at work and to promote the continued supply of breast milk even though the baby is not feeding during the day.

“Medical Nutrition and Disease: A Case-Based Approach” by Lisa Hark, Darwin Deen, Gail Morrison
from Medical Nutrition and Disease: A Case-Based Approach
by Lisa Hark, Darwin Deen, Gail Morrison
Wiley, 2014

However, when breastfeeding is delayed after birth such as when babies are ill or preterm, mothers should begin pumping with an electric breast pump as soon as possible and continue to pump regularly until the infant is able to breastfeed effectively.

“Maternal Child Nursing Care E-Book” by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, Kathryn Rhodes Alden, Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Mary Catherine Cashion, David Wilson
from Maternal Child Nursing Care E-Book
by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

When we talk to mothers who have returned to work and are struggling with milk production, we’ve found that many of them are pumping as often as recommended at work but not breastfeeding enough when they’re with their babies.

“Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers” by Nancy Mohrbacher, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Jack Newman
from Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers
by Nancy Mohrbacher, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Jack Newman
New Harbinger Publications, 2010

Some mothers may still want to pump breast milk for the baby to drink from a bottle, and many NICUs provide breast pumps for this purpose.When the mother feels she wants to contribute to her infant’s wellbeing in this way,she should certainly be encouraged to do so.

“Language Disorders from Infancy Through Adolescence: Assessment & Intervention” by Rhea Paul
from Language Disorders from Infancy Through Adolescence: Assessment & Intervention
by Rhea Paul
Mosby, 2007

A woman who breastfeeds more on one day than others, however, should try expressing or pumping milk at regular intervals during the times she is not nursing to avoid losing her milk supply or developing painful breast engorgement.

“The New Harvard Guide to Women's Health” by Karen J. Carlson, Stephanie A. Eisenstat, Stephanie A. Eisenstat, M.D., Terra Diane Ziporyn, Alvin & Nancy Baird Library Fund, Harvard University. Press
from The New Harvard Guide to Women’s Health
by Karen J. Carlson, Stephanie A. Eisenstat, et. al.
Harvard University Press, 2004

In observational surveys, many of these women will report themselves as exclusively breastfeeding when they are actually partially breastfeeding and partially feeding breast milk obtained through a breast pump, often frozen, and bottle-fed at a later time.

“Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies E-Book” by Steven G. Gabbe, Jennifer R. Niebyl, Henry L Galan, Eric R. M. Jauniaux, Mark B Landon, Joe Leigh Simpson, Deborah A Driscoll
from Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies E-Book
by Steven G. Gabbe, Jennifer R. Niebyl, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2016

At this point you too may notice a drop in the amount you can pump, but this doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t meet your baby’s needs.

“The Nursing Mother's Companion” by Ruth A. Lawrence, Kathleen Huggins
from The Nursing Mother’s Companion
by Ruth A. Lawrence, Kathleen Huggins
Harvard Common Press, 2005

After all, while breast milk may be preferable for newborns (experts disagree), it can be pumped for bottle delivery by men; infants can also be breastfed by paid wet nurses, and, if mothers do want to nurse, there is no inherently “natural” reason why breastfeeding needs to be sequestered from the public sphere.

“Food: The Key Concepts” by Warren Belasco
from Food: The Key Concepts
by Warren Belasco
Bloomsbury Publishing, 2008

If the infant cannot suck and must be tube fed, any colostrum the mother can manually express or pump from the breast can be given by gavage tube along with donor milk or, if human milk is not available, the prescribed formula necessary for nourishment.

“Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession” by Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, Robert M. Lawrence, MD
from Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession
by Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, Robert M. Lawrence, MD
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2015

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  • This is really helpful, my baby is 2 weeks old and I’ve been debating giving a bottle of expressed milk during the night for my partner to feed him as I’m really struggling mentally. Thank you!

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  • Love this video my baby is a week old and I want to introduce my baby at least one bottle a day. It’s mentally exhausting just breastfeeding feeding and like you said if you are not around or something happens. My son does not seem to be confused but I just felt pressured to exclusively breast feed. My baby does not seem to have nipple confusion either

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  • Thanks a lot for this. Just gave birth last month, baby just turned 5 weeks. I need positive reassurances that its absolutely ok to mix bottlefeeding and breastfeeding. My baby is feeding very frequently and it just seems that he is not feeling full, and still fussy after BF so i decided to top up with formula and he seems content after that. Listening to your video helps a lot, helps me feel like im not a failure as a mum for not being able to exclusively breastfeed. Now im not gonna stress out anymore. Thanks ��