Post # 1
hi everyone! So I had my littl guy 5 days ago and he hasn’t been latching on the left side so I started pumping on the left and feeding from the right- I am meeting with a lactation consultant later this week.
anyway- I have pumped a decent amount and would love for my husband to be able to give some bottles so I can sleep- if he does do I still need to pump? How long can I go without getting milk out? I don’t know if my question makes sense! I am so tired lol any help would be appreciated!
Post # 2
I know you’re tired but if your husband gives baby a bottle you must pump! Especially being only 5 days out, you need to tell your body to still produce the milk.
Post # 3
I understand how tiring breastfeeding is. My first baby is 3 weeks old and I did not realise how hard it would be. I was advised not to give baby a bottle until at least 3 weeks when feeding us more established as it can cause nipple confusion. I ended up giving a bottle out of necessity at two weeks and it was fine but we had no issues with latching. I have had friends have real issues with baby preferring the bottle or only accepting the breast depending on when bottle was introduced. If you are already having trouble with baby latching on I would be wary of introducing a bottle so early.
You absolutely must pump though if you choose to give the bottle, the constant feeding is babies way if establishing a good enough supply of breastmilk if you miss feeds/pumps when baby is so young you could cause problems with your supply.
Post # 4
Thanks for your answers- so I think it’s best if I pump and freeze the milk and just continue to feed from the right.
Post # 5
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I was a nanny for a year so just as a side note: giving a baby a bottle early on is amazing!! I am a huge supporter of breastfeeding. But I think a lot of first time parents don’t realize how hard it is the first time you want to have a date night or just a few hours alone and then give your baby to someone to watch and then….the baby can’t eat the whole time you’re gone! I’ve had a few babies before that had never really taken a bottle before I watched them and it is hard work. I feel better when I know that the parents know I won’t have any issues feeding the baby.
Keep up the good work! It sounds like you’re doing great
Post # 6
mrsm42712 : I haven’t breastfed yet, but I know my best friend skipped pumping one night because her husband let her sleep and gave the baby a bottle. She woke up in a ton of pain with super engorged boobs that were hard as rocks. She appreciated his thought but told him to never let her miss another feeding because of it!
Post # 7
mrsm42712 : I would wait to speak to your lactation consultant. Being able to give the baby a bottle is definitely worth it just so you can have a few hours of rest. You’re less likely to have issues with engorged breasts if you wait a bit longer as well I know the first week or so my boobs got so full so quickly it was painful but now three weeks in my supply has settled and it’s no where near as bad.
Post # 8
It is best not to express for anything other than relief/if baby isn’t feeding off one side until around 6 weeks as it can lead to oversupply.
Breastfeeding is really hard work, especially in those early days but definitely worth it. I’m still feeding my 14 month old and the first days/weeks were really tough. My husband would take our daughter for a couple of hours just to let me have a couple of hours kip. I didn’t express any milk and when my daughter really needed milk he would bring her to me.
Post # 9
Yes, pump as often as little man (congratulations!) eats in order to keep sending your body the message that it needs to ramp up supply. In those early days, that’s a lot, and it’s very taxing. But your body is learning how much to make, and if keep baby consumes previously pumped milk and you don’t express, then your body gets the signal that less milk is needed and will produce less over time. It’s a feedback loop, supply and demand.
Your LC should be able to help you troubleshoot the issues with only latching on one side — my guy would latch on both sides but I had a lot of pain on only one side while he grew and developed. Good luck, new mama!
Post # 10
Since you aren’t latching at all on the left side, I think as long as you give all your left pumps as bottles, that will be fine and you don’t have to pump your left while he is feeding the bottle. For example, if you pump your left when you and Darling Husband go to bed at 10pm and your husband wakes at 1am, he should feed the baby the milk you pumped at 10pm. Make sense?
I would make sure you are pumping the left side at least 4-6 times a day if not more. If you notice a decrease, then pump it more frequently.