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First time mom here,
I plan on breastfeeding but still want my husband to be able to feed our daughter. When is it recommend to pump and let him bottle feed for the first time? weeks or months?
Assuming there is no medical reason to pump, you should wait until your
baby is 4-6 weeks old before introducing the bottle. There are a host of
reasons for this, but the big ones are:
* Waiting to introduce the bottle means your baby is nursing from the
breast only, and this really helps to build and strengthen the
* Nursing is based on supply and demand. The more you nurse, the better
your supply. And those first couple of weeks are all about building a
supply. The pump is a fabulous tool - especially for us working moms,
but it is a "baby substitute" and not nearly as effective as the baby is
at building supply. Babies are much more powerful/efficient at getting
milk out, because that's what they were created to do! There will be
days that it feels like your little bundle of joy never unlatches and is
constantly eating. Especially during that 3 week growth spurt. But
that constant nursing is exactly what your body needs to create a great
supply for your baby.
* As I said, there will be days when you seem to nurse constantly.
Which makes finding time to pump a big issue. This gets a little better
after the 3 week growth spurt. I'm not saying that at 3 weeks 1 day
your child will go for hours without eating, but they will space out a
little. Enough where you can squeeze in a pumping session.
* The dreaded "oversupply." This sounds like such a great thing,
right? Loads of milk. Except when it comes to breastfeeding,
oversupply is awful. In general, breastmilk is a mixture of watery milk
and fatty milk. This helps the baby grow big and strong. But in cases
of oversupply, a woman makes too much of that watery milk, and not
enough of that fatty milk. Without the fatty milk to help slow it down,
the watery milk rushes through a baby's digestive system. This is
really painful. It causes cramping, gas, discomfort, and a very fussy
and unhappy baby. And it takes a lot of work to correct itself. Some
women naturally have this problem, but many others create it by pumping
too early and sending the wrong message to their body that they need
more milk, and because the pump isn't quite the same as the baby,
sometimes this means the body just produces the watery stuff.