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Giving a breastfed baby their first bottle - Emma Pickett breastfeeding support. Introducing Bottles and Pacifiers to a Breastfed Baby. Many babies switch forth effortlessly between breast and bottle from day one.

Introducing Bottles and Pacifiers to a Breastfed Baby

Others become “nipple confused” if artificial nipples are introduced during the early days of nursing. The mechanics of breast and bottle-feeding are quite different. When a baby nurses, his tongue and jaws must work together rhythmically, cupping his tongue under the areola, and pressing it up against his palate.

This flattens and elongates the tissue around the nipple. He then drops the back of his tongue to form a groove for the milk to flow from the nipple to his throat. When a baby drinks from a bottle, the milk gushes out – you’ll notice that the milk drips out if you hold a bottle upside down. The risk of nipple confusion , whether by introducing a bottle or pacifier, is greatest during the early days of nursing. If nursing is going along smoothly, there should be no reason to use artificial nipples in the first few weeks of breastfeeding.

Using a pacifier in the early weeks can also cause problems. How much expressed milk will my baby need? By Kelly Bonyata, BS, IBCLC Image credit: Jerry Bunkers on flickr How much milk do babies need?

How much expressed milk will my baby need?

Many mothers wonder how much expressed breastmilk they need to have available if they are away from baby. In exclusively breastfed babies, milk intake increases quickly during the first few weeks of life, then stays about the same between one and six months (though it likely increases short term during growth spurts). Current breastfeeding research does not indicate that breastmilk intake changes with baby’s age or weight between one and six months.

The research tells us that exclusively breastfed babies take in an average of 25 oz (750 mL) per day between the ages of 1 month and 6 months. Milkstorage01. Reusing expressed breastmilk. Q: Should breastmilk left over from a feeding be dumped immediately (like formula), or can you save it and give it to baby later?

Reusing expressed breastmilk

A: It is probably safe to save the left-over milk for use at the next feeding, but no published studies have investigated this issue. Storage of left-over milk is a different issue than storage of fresh milk because bacteria from baby’s mouth usually enters the milk once baby begins drinking. Freshly expressed milk contains live cells which kill bacteria, and one study (Pardou et al, 1994) found that some of the milk that had been refrigerated for 8 days actually had lower bacteria levels than when the milk was first expressed.

Many mothers of healthy babies have saved left-over milk for longer than two hours (sometimes as long as 24-48 hours) with no problems, but whether or not the milk is safe depends on several factors. Fresh breastmilk has the most bacteria-fighting power, followed by refrigerated milk, then previously-frozen milk. Brusseau R. Gentling Baby to a Bottle: When a Breastfed Baby is Bottle-fed. Alice Roddy Front Royal, VA, USA From: Leaven, Vol. 45 No. 1, 2009, pp. 12-15 More often than we would like, babies and mothers cope with less than ideal circumstances.

Gentling Baby to a Bottle: When a Breastfed Baby is Bottle-fed

Not too long ago I worked with a mother whose baby's mouth was too small for her nipple. This mother was able to express her milk but the baby refused to accept any artificial nipple -- whether on a bottle or a pacifier. The baby surprised her parents by being adept at taking mother's milk from a medicine spoon.

More recently I've worked with a family in which baby could not latch and the mother's supply was compromised. Homemade Supplemental Nursing System. Why make your own Supplemental Nursing system (SNS)?

Homemade Supplemental Nursing System

Well, for starters it’s a lot cheaper. When I say a lot, I mean… like…. $40 cheaper. It’s also much simpler and easier to use. Medela SNS – Not Recommended If you are wanting to buy a system, I suggest the Lact-aid. The Lact-Aid is really great. The Lact-Aid. But if you’re only needed to temporarily suppliment your baby and don’t want to spend an arm and a leg to do so, the Home-made SNS is the route to go. Homemade SNS Supplies needed: 10 or 20 ml syringe (10cc or 20cc Luer lock Oring Syringe)infant feeding tube 15 inches long and 5 fr There are several places you can get an infant feeding tube. You will need to make sure it is 5 fr (this is the measure of how big-around the tube is). You also want it to be 15 inches long. You want to make sure the syringe is a Luer Lock one. It’s a good idea to order a several of both the tubing and syringe.

How to Make it Step 1: Fill the syringes with milk. You’re done! How to bottle feed the breastfed baby. …paced bottle feeding tips for a breastfeeding supportive style of bottle feeding PDF version (great for child care providers) by Eva Lyford.

How to bottle feed the breastfed baby

Reprinted with permission from the author. Often, as infant feeding specialists, lactation consultants and other experts in the field of human lactation are asked how to properly bottle-feed a baby. Direct breastmilk feedings from the mother’s breast are always preferred to any artificial source or substance. Files\11016Pfingerfeeding. Untitled. Getting baby to take a bottle. Breastfeeding Using a Lactation Aid with Dr. Jack Newman.