Breastfeeding: Basics and Beyond (cont.)

TAMARO:
The baby is too young to be taking a bottle. I'm sorry to be telling you this. You can pump your milk to store for the future, but if you're trying to shift bottle feeding at such a young age, you may find your husband feeding the baby the whole time.

MEMBER QUESTION:
What is a baby's best age for introducing a bottle of expressed breast milk?

TAMARO:
Good question. No earlier than six weeks. And make sure you use the NUK or orthodontic nipple.

MEMBER QUESTION:
Is it possible to do a combination of breast feeding and formula feeding? And if so, do I have to pump to keep my milk up?

TAMARO:
You'll hate me for saying this, but it is not a good idea. Most women who do this end up exclusively formula feeding. It is not a good idea. The most compelling reason for me not to use formula with either daughter is the changes formula renders in an infant's gut.

"You are not a bad mommy if this feels hard, overwhelming, or even no fun. All those feelings are normal."

MEMBER QUESTION:
How long do you recommend breastfeeding to provide the best for your baby?

TAMARO:
Are you sitting down? Six months exclusively breastfed, and then supplement with food, and I don't mean Coke and barbecued potato chips, for the first year.

MEMBER QUESTION:
What is the best way to pump milk so that my husband can help with night feedings on occasion? In other words, should I wait an hour after I feed my son, then pump, then my husband will give him that bottle later that night? I don't want to add a pumping in addition to a feeding for fear of engorgement.

TAMARO:
Here are some basics for pumping:

  • You will get the most milk in the morning.
  • You will get the least amount of milk after a stressful day.
  • You may want to try feeding your baby in the morning and then pumping immediately after. By the third day, you should see a slight increase in the amount of milk you are producing.

MODERATOR:
Unfortunately Janet has to leave us early, but perhaps she'll come back again. Janet, before you go, do you have any final comments for us?

TAMARO:
As trying and as difficult as it sometimes was to feed small babies from my body, it was so worth the effort. You are not a bad mommy if this feels hard, overwhelming, or even no fun. All those feelings are normal. Happy breastfeeding!

MODERATOR:
Our thanks to Janet Tamaro for joining us today.



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