My daughter is almost 6 weeks old and i have been stricty breastfeeding her since birth. I have to go back to work on Monday and I plan on continuing to breastfeed as long as possible. I am going to pump every 3 hours while I am at work, but i know that pumping isn't as effective at emptying the breast as a baby is so i am worried that i will not be able to produce enough milk for her when she starts to eat more. I am willing to supplement formula in the future if i have to, but is it possible if i start formula that she may reject breastmilk after that? I love breastfeeding and i just don't want to jepardize it if i still have other options such as supplements i can take to increase milk production. Are there any formuals that you can suggest that are close to breastmilk? Any advice is appreciated...I haven't done any research yet so i thought this was a great place to start!! Thanks
i haven't really heard of formula causing baby to reject breastmilk, although i have heard of the baby rejecting the breast after being introduced to the bottle. I think breastmilk is supposed to be sweeter than formula, so babies tend to prefer it.
Many, many women are able to pump enough milk for the baby, so I wouldn't stress too much in advance. Plus, I have read that in many cases, the baby eats less during the day and nurses more at night when mom returns to work. With a good pump, it is very possible to meet your baby's needs.
Important factors include- a good pump, a quiet place to pump and pumping every 2-3 hours for 15 minutes or so. Trying to minimize stress, getting enough fluids, and eating properly helps a lot too.
as for formula- seems to be different for everyone. My little one wasn't picky when it came to taste- she drank breast milk or formula. However, many formulas upset her tummy when we first introduced formula. Nestle Good Start seemed to agree with her the most. After a couple of months on formula, she was able to take any brand.
When I was pumping at work I noticed if I applied pressure to my breast where the milk ducts are it helped to get more milk out. I was able to pump at work and keep up with my baby's demand. The first day we had enough stored milk and the next day the baby got what I had pumped at work basically. We didn't have any problems. Like was already mentioned - keep hydrated and stay positive! Good luck.
it is possible to pump and work and exclusively breast feed baby. My baby is 5 mo old now and we are going at it successfully.
My advice is breastfeed exclusively when you're home: weekends, mornings, evenings. This will help keep milk supply up. Pump at work at the times you'd normally feed her at home. This can be pump or manual expression. Sometimes i find manual expression works better than pump.
Once baby is sleeping through the night, also do another pump when she;s already in bed. I find I need to do this to have enough milk for the next day.
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