Solely expressing to bottle feed baby?

Discussion in 'Breastfeeding' started by Lucy, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. Rosieroo

    Rosieroo Well-Known Member

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    Hey :D

    You can sterilise the bottle part and the bit that fits over your boob. You know the two bits that screw together? I pop them in my steam steriliser.
    After I have finished expressing I either pop it into a sterilised bottle to use for later and put it in the fridge. I then either take it out about an hour before I use it or take it out and warm it in a bowl/jug of hot water. If I don't have enough for a feed then I pour it into Avent storage containers and put these in the fridge. You can mix breastmilk that has been expressed over a 12 hour period and put it in the same bottle as long as it's been chilled to the same temp.
    The Avent containers can also be put in the freezer, so if its coming to the end of a 24 hour period and you haven't used it then just take it out and pop it in the freezer.

    Hope this helps :)
     
  2. hels

    hels Well-Known Member

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    I have taken to expressing so that Simon can do the later feed whilst get to bed about 10, Charlotte has shown no confusion with boob/teat. I struggled too Lucy for the first week, she is now feeding really well. Stick with it if you can its much quicker than expressing, but again, like Kim says what ever is good for you and yours.


    Did everone know that you can get Lansoloh (sp) nipple cream on prescription, yeahhhh saves a tenner!!! prob telling you all stuff thats old news!!!
     
  3. Rosieroo

    Rosieroo Well-Known Member

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    Nope I didn't know this, thanks :D
     
  4. Urchin

    Urchin Well-Known Member

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    Have you asked your health visitor for help? Maybe you need a bit of advice on positioning. Also if you are a bit nervous your baby will pick up on it and get agitated too.

    I breastfeed anywhere, and I Know no one has ever seen any part of my boob. All you need is some baggy tops and just pop your baby's head under it. With practice it's the easiest thing in the world :)
     
  5. Lucy

    Lucy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone, great advice as usual! Thanks for sharing your tips and experiences.

    I've expressed 4 oz from one boob (the one with sore nipple) and it feels so much more comfortable now it's not blown up like a balloon! I'll see if she takes it from the bottle tonight - if she does that would certainly help.

    Lucy
    Olivia 1 wk
     
  6. futuremum

    futuremum Well-Known Member

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    Hello

    At first i have found b/f a real nightmare: constant feeding, baby crying... I ended up in tears so many times :oops:

    But now Thomas is 2 months old, i am finding it a bit better. He is starting t feed every 2 hours instead of whenever, although it is still all over the place from 5 pm.

    Thomas will have a bottle of formula once a day but he does get confused with the teat, it will take him time to know how to suck the teat and sometimes refuses it so i have to give him the breast.

    B/f is not as glamourous as they say, it is bloody hard work!!!! However, I have found out that formula does not full him up more and I am using Apatamil for hungrier baby. But i have to say that now i am enjoying it more.

    If you do not want to carry on, then do not feel guilty about it but it does get easier, it is just it takes time.
     
  7. Tiny Sue

    Tiny Sue Well-Known Member

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    Hey Lauz - I can't stress enough that you must get up in the night to express a bit or your milk will go down because the hormone that controls milk production is released at night so it tells your body how much to produce!

    Sue
     

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