Breastfeeding: from the breast to the bottle and if this does not work - to the Finger

Many mothers experience the struggle of keeping up with breastfeedings, especially young mothers that have a hectic lifestyle that includes work or studies, meaning little time to stop and breastfeed multiple times a day.

Pumping Milk:

First you massage the breast, then you pump the milk with a appropriate breast pump until no more milk is available. Afterwards you repeat massaging the breast to allow any leftover milk to exit, which you can also do while pumping. After the breast milk has be attained, proper storage is extremely crucial to maintain all beneficial nutrients in the milk until the time of feeding.

Breast milk storage:

  • 4 hours in room temperature
  • 72 hours refrigerated

Warming up stored breast milk after the first 4 hours after pumping can be given to your baby without having to be warmed up. If breastmilk has been refrigerated or even frozen then it has to be warmed up back to appropriate temperature.

To warm up a bottle you can simply run warm water over the closed bottle or place it in a water bath and allow it to warm up slowly.

DO NOT heat up milk in the microwave. This destroys the beneficial nutrients in the breast milk as well as creates uneven sections in the milk.

Nipple confusion:

Acorus during constant switching from breast to bottle or vice versa. While many think a nipple is not much different than a bottle, the way a baby latches on to a nipple differs extremely form a bottle. When the baby drinks out of the breast the child encloses the nipple and part of the areola with the mouth. Additionally the tongue is positioned a certain way to gently milk the breast.

Although when the baby drinks out of the bottle, it does not have to do as much work since the milk simply pours out of the hole provided. Through this process, the baby does not have to put in effort to suck the milk and only swallows. The process of constantly switching back and forth between bottle and breast can confuse the baby's drinking technique. Therefor breastfeeding is recommended to be incorporated more than bottle feeding if you choose to do both.

Finger Feeding:

Another option for feeding without confusion is the so called Finger feeding method. The breastmilk is filled into a syringe with a soft silicone cover and given to the baby with the finger in the baby’s mouth. Through this the finger resembles the nipple and the baby still gets the nutrients it needs.

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