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    I'm so confused by the information I've read on feeding and also pumping and I'm hoping you can share what worked for you?!
    I'm exclusively breastfeeding my newborn and she's going really well. I also want to pump and store milk for daddy to bottle feed occasionally. Also she will require surgery shortly so I want a 'store' of milk for feeding at hospital.
    So here's my questions...
    If I'm feeding from alternate breasts each feed should I pump on the other?
    When should I pump? After I feed her? Before? How long did it take to have enough for a feed?
    Or can I do it anytime?
    When did you introduce the occasional breast milk in a bottle so DH can feed too?
    Any tips on pumping and continuing to breastfeed as much as possible would be great. I seem to have plenty of milk too so I don't think I will supply issues.
    Thanks!

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    I used to pump while feeding, so put bub on left and pump on right then put bub on right and pump on left.

    I did this from the time we got home I think and I was only in hospital one night. I used the tommee tippee closer to nature bottles.

    Can I ask though, will her surgery interfere with her being able to attach?

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    My baby has had a bottle of ebm from 4 days old as he was jaundice and had to stay under the lights. He's had no problems with attachment since. Now if I need to express, I just express the breast he has just fed off each time

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    Hugsbunny... I'm not sure about attachment during the hospital stay. She requires open heart surgery (the first of many) and most likely will be fed by ng tube after the surgery until she is recovered to be fed by breast. I actually haven't thought about how that works. Or a bottle might be easier to limit movement.

    Missie... Good advice. I intend to feed her right up until the surgery which if all goes well, she will last til 6-8 weeks before it becomes medically necessary. I think I bottle feeding in hospital might be doable depending on the recovery from hospital. I know I can stay with her as much as possible but I think I will need to stay at accommodation close by hospital. We are meeting the surgeons next week so I guess I can ask then.
    Was it difficult to pump from one breast and feed from the other? I had thought about doing this! But I might be too uncoordinated!!

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    Oh I hope your little one is ok!
    I started expressing at about 6 weeks when my DD would only feed from one breast. First few times expressing whilst feeding was tricky but quickly got the hang of it. I found I got much more out if I did at the same time she was suckling as the letdown was better. Within notime I had a freezer full and we had no room for food, ha! Expressing seemed to increase my supply which turned out great as I needed to go on strong antibiotics when she was about 4 months so used the stored milk for the week I was on them so she wasn't affected, and if I ever wanted a night off to have a proper sleep I'd pack my bra with pads, put ear plugs in and DH would take the night shift...
    Not everyone enjoys/likes the idea of expressing but worked great for us.
    Hope the surgery goes well x
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    Thanks Karen. I think once my pump arrives (still not here yet!!) I may have to try the feeding/expressing thing after a little practice. I don't want to ruin my current success (fingers crossed it continues) with breastfeeding and she's gaining weight so I guess I'm doing something right. I don't want to ruin it by introducing bottle too early or pumping too early.
    It's good to hear stories that it works starting early though! And I really like the idea of a night off and DH taking the night shift.

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    I expressed from early on as I had a massive supply and was in serious discomfort. We introduced a bottle early and DD took to it well (and I got slightly more sleep) but she has refused a bottle since 3 months now (now 7 months). Haven't tried in a couple months but she now takes a bottle and sippy cup with water so might give it another go. So I guess what I'm saying is that if you want bubs to take a bottle, then some practice might be required for bubs. Also, I used to express after a feed and offer both breasts every feed. Good luck and hope operation goes well too x


 

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