Before giving any advice on bottle feeding breastmilk, you
should know that a breast pump cannot stimulate breastmilk production
like a baby does. If you are going to pump exclusively, you will need to pump more often.
Breastfeeding and bottle feeding mothers should pump those times
that they would typically breastfeed to keep breastmilk supply up.
An Important Fact about Bottle Feeding Breastmilk
Never warm breastmilk in the microwave, it can form air pockets that might burn your baby. Heating it in the microwave will destroy some of the nutrients.
Reasons for Bottle Feeding Breastmilk
returning to work
and will need somebody to bottle feed her baby breastmilk during the day.
Mom wants to take a break at night. This will give dad or another family
member the chance to feed and bond with the baby while she rests.
Mom may just find that she prefers to feed her baby with a bottle.
Mom expresses her breastmilk because she wants to
increase her milk supply.
Remember this should be done while continuing to breastfeed if at all possible.
Bottle Breast Feeding Milk Tips
These tips are primarily for mothers who are planning on continued breastfeeding.
Make sure that your baby is not making a lot of sucking or popping sounds while drinking.
Never prop a bottle up against something and leave your baby unattended while feeding. Baby can choke like this and will end up swallowing more air, resulting in more spit ups and gas pain.
A breastmilk bottle feeding time should be seen as a time to bond with your baby. While breastfeeding, a mother spends valuable bonding time with her baby, this should be experienced during bottle feeding too.
Introducing a bottle to a breastfed baby when bottle feeding and breastfeeding
It is recommended to only start introducing the bottle after a baby is between 3 – 5 weeks old and can breastfeed well. This is so that
your breastmilk 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 your baby’s hunger and then only give him/her the
Some mothers have found that it’s best to let somebody else give their babies the
first few bottles, as babies associate their mothers with the comfort of the
Ways to Express your Milk for Breast Bottle Feeding
Hand expression is the cheap and convenient way to express your breastmilk, but not recommended for mothers who are trying to increase milk supply.
Handheld breast pumps: 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.