It would appear that BM freshly expressed is fine at room temp for 4-6 hours.
Rubbish! I'm exclusively expressing and bottle feeding my 3 week old baby! If I'm
Going out for one feed, I just express just before I go out and keep it in an insulated bottle bag. You can store it for up to 4-6 hours out of the fridge. That is on the aba website! If I'm going out for longer, I take it in a insulated cooler bag with an ice brick and I bought a little thermos and can fit my bottle into warm it up! Expressing works for us! Don't let anyone judge your decision
Strictly speaking expressed milk needs to be stored in the coldest part of the fridge. If I recall, it's good in the fridge for 48 hours, much longer if it's frozen. It shouldn't stay outside the fridge for more than 6-8 hours; it depends on the environmental temperature.
Personally, I used to leave a couple of bottles ready overnight (for no more than 8 hours) because it was just a pain to stumble around at night sticking it under the tap to warm it up. (I expressed and topped up with formula for the first 6 weeks until it just became too exhausting to keep up with feeding and expressing and not sleeping.) If it were me, since it's winter I wouldn't be too fussed about leaving EBM outside the fridge for a little longer.
EBM doesn't really need to be heated up if it's not put in the fridge. And it's great if you decide to FF in the future - bub'll be used to room temperature milk and you'll not have to worry about heating up bottles!
Agree with PP's. I would express short term until you decide. That way you are keeping supply up.
It's no failing to put your child on formula. Not saying you should or shouldn't, just that if you decide that's what is best for you and your baby, don't feel guilty.
My sister only expressed with her first bub as she had big latching probs. she only ever served bottles at room temperature, including later when she introduced formula. People used to tell her she was cruel not heating up the bottles, but as she put it, DD didnt know any different so she never complained!
When your bub is running around say 10 years old you won't ever think back to this decision. Either way they will be happy and healthy. Do whst you need to do.
I can completely relate to your situation, I was in practically the same situation when my DD was born 4 months ago: having massive anxiety, having to use the shield and having low supply. I persisted for a month and it was a nightmare, I honestly was on the brink of full blown PPD and had such a hard time accepting that I just had to move on and find another way to feed my child. I spent weeks just feeling so down and like an absolute failure.
I eventually made the decision to formula feed and 4 months later I'm so happy with my decision. My DD is thriving and more importantly I'm loving motherhood and enjoy every minute with her as opposed to dreading it.
Make the decision that best suits you; don't allow anyone to make you feel like a failure or like you don't care about your baby. From my experience there will be some judgement as everyone seems to think it's their right to have an opinion, but just know that if you decide to pump and bottle feed or formula feed, you are not alone and it will not affect your bond with your baby at all; if you're happy, they're happy!
Good luck with whatever you decide
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