Bottle feeding breast milk “breast and bottle feeding”
Before giving any advice on bottle feeding with breast milk, you
should know that a breast pump cannot stimulate breast milk production
like a baby. If you are going to pump exclusively you can
read more here
, as you will need to pump more often.
Breastfeeding and bottle feeding moms should pump those times
that they would normally breastfeed to keep breast milk supply up.
You are a great mom for wanting to do the best for baby and continue to try breastfeeding and bottle feeding together.
~ bottle feeding breast milk ~
Never warm breast milk in the microwave, it can form air pockets that might burn baby and will destroy some of the nutrients in the milk.
Reasons for bottle feeding breast milk
- Mom is
returning to work
and will need somebody to bottle feed baby the breast milk during the day.
- Mom wants to take a break at night, will give dad or another family
member the chance to feed and bond with baby while she rests.
- Mom may just find that she prefers to feed baby using a bottle.
- Mom expresses her breast milk because she wants to
increase her milk supply.
Remember this should be done while continuing to breastfeed, as a
breast pump cannot increase breast milk supply as well as baby's
Bottle breast feeding milk tips
These tips are especially for moms who are planning on continued breastfeeding
- Make sure that baby is not making a lot of sucking or popping sounds while drinking
- Keep baby at a 45-degree angle while bottle feeding him.
- Always keep milk in the nipple and neck of the bottle while tilting it so that baby swallows less air while feeding.
- Never prop a bottle up against something and leave baby to drink
alone. Baby can choke like this and will end up drinking more air,
resulting in more spit ups and gas pain.
- A breast milk bottle feeding time should be seen as a time to bond
with baby. When breastfeeding, mom spends valuable bonding time with
baby, this should continue during bottle feeding.
- Always try to get an artificial nipple that is closest to your own
nipple to prevent nipple confusion. You can alternatively use other
feeding methods like
- Bottle feeding breastfed babies should be switched from one side to
the other half way through a feed so that they don’t develop side
preference, which could hinder breastfeeding afterward.
- Don’t stuff the nipple into baby’s mouth, but let him root for it and take it himself just as he would when breastfeeding.
- Pausing every few minutes will mimic the let down reflex that happens
when mom is breastfeeding, which will also prevent preference for the
Introducing a bottle to a breastfed baby when bottle feeding and breastfeeding
- It is recommended to only start introducing the bottle after
baby is between 3 – 5 weeks old and can breastfeed well. This is so that
your breast milk supply does not dwindle when you start breastfeeding
less and expressing more.
- If a bottle needs to be introduced before 4 weeks of age, it's best to
use alternative feeding methods like cup or finger feeding.
- For the first couple of bottles it would be best to first breastfeed
for a few minutes to ease baby’s hunger and then only give him the
- Some moms have found that it’s best to let somebody else give baby the
first few bottles, as baby associates mom with the comfort of the
Ways that you can express your milk for breast bottle feeding
- Hand help breast pump ~ This is usually quicker than hand expressing,
but should only be used once your milk supply is established.
- Electric breast pumps ~ They are usually quite expensive, but are
great for increasing milk supply. They can be hired too, sometimes at a
very reasonable price. These types of pumps come in double action so
that you can pump both breasts at the same time…saving you time.
How to choose the right breast pump.