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Can I save an unfinished bottle of breast milk for a later feeding?

Can I save an unfinished bottle of breast milk for a later feeding?

Yes: Saving it for the next feeding is fine, but check that the milk is not breaking down (if it has small clumps or smells like rancid butter--toss it out). Don't refreeze, and if you haven't used it several hours later, it's likely gone bad. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my six week can't nurse properly she is born 6week earlier I use to bottle feed her (with breast milk)but.?

Should I be concerned if my six week can't nurse properly she is born 6week earlier I use to bottle feed her (with breast milk)but.?

Lactation specialist: Not sure I understood the question but it sounds like you are having trouble with your infant breast feeding as the infant was born premature. A lactation specialist which they should have in the hospital can give you a great deal of advice. There are many people in the community that the dr could refer you to that might be very glad to help. ...Read more

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10m boy rejecting formula. Substituting 1 feed with Nan as low supply. He has been on bottle since birth and breast milk only. What should I do?

10m boy rejecting formula. Substituting 1 feed with Nan as low supply. He has been on bottle since birth and breast milk only. What should I do?

Increase solids: A 10 month old child should be having more solids and with increasing solids his milk intake should decrease. That should obviate the need for formula and u can gradually wean him off breast feeding over weeks or months as per your choice. ...Read more

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What are the cons of exclusively pumping breast milk and feeding baby using bottle versus breast feeding?

What are the cons of exclusively pumping breast milk and feeding baby using bottle versus breast feeding?

Efficency: It's more efficient to breast feed than to pump & then bottle feed. You also avoid any risk of less than perfectly sterile bottles causing the milk to carry an infection. In addition, baby's nursing tends to trigger you to produce more milk than pumping. That said, having breast fed both my kids, pumping when I was away & nursing when I was with baby was a very effective compromise. ...Read more

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If I take a bottle of expressed breast milk out of fridge and warm it up, feed to baby, and then have leftovers., is it okay to reuse? Back in fridge?

If I take a bottle of expressed breast milk out of fridge and warm it up, feed to baby, and then have leftovers., is it okay to reuse? Back in fridge?

Is Not Safe: Re-use of bottled breast milk from a prior feeding is not considered a safe practice. There is risk of bacterial contamination with serious consequences in babies. Additionally, deterioration of beneficial nutrients occurs. To eliminate waste, add to bottle normal amount of milk your baby consumes plus 1-2 oz extra to allow for increase in appetite as baby grows & day-to-day hunger patterns. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bottle feeding breast milk and nursing?

What is the difference between bottle feeding breast milk and nursing?

Nurturing: While the nutrition is the same, there is value in natural feeding. Infants who breast feed are listening to mom's heartbeat, swaying with her movements, and sharing the same space. This in some ways mimics the comfort afforded by the womb. As the infant grows older, they may or may not need or appreciate the nurturing. A breast feeder that finishes quickly and wants to get off is ready to wean. ...Read more

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I am pumping to feed my baby breast milk but also using formula. (i'm not producing enough). Should I do breast milk only and formula only bottles?

I am pumping to feed my baby breast milk but also using formula. (i'm not producing enough). Should I do breast milk only and formula only bottles?

I would: I don't have science behind this, but I don't know if mixing breast milk and formula will break down the good proteins in either liquid. I'm probably being overly cautious with this recommendation. So, if it was my baby, I wouldn't mix. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Is there a difference between breastfeeding and bottle feeding breast milk?

Is there a difference between breastfeeding and bottle feeding breast milk?

Yes: While the baby will get the same nutritional value from breast milk in both ways, feeding from the breast itself has greater psychological advantages for both the mother and the baby with increased bonding etc. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bottle feeding breast milk and nursing an infant?

What is the difference between bottle feeding breast milk and nursing an infant?

Both give the same: Nutritional value, which is extremely important. Nursing allows a different, closer bonding of mother and baby. However, if nursing is not possible, it is certainly worthwhile and beneficial to the baby to give the expressed breast milk by a bottle. ...Read more

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Can I nurse my baby when she gets hungry in between feedings, in addition to bottle feeding her pumped breast milk? Or is that feeding her too much?

Can I nurse my baby when she gets hungry in between feedings, in addition to bottle feeding her pumped breast milk? Or is that feeding her too much?

Nurture vs nutrient: Don't assume that willingness to latch & feed every hour is necessary hunger. You can unwittingly create a snacking baby if you assume every mouthing or rooting response is a need to feed. Babies can do this for the comfort. Hunger is an empty stomach. ...Read more

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3 week old baby eats 2.5oz of breast milk every 2-4 hrs, with 2-3 supplemental formula bottles included in her daily feedings. Is she eating enough?

3 week old baby eats 2.5oz of breast milk every 2-4 hrs, with 2-3 supplemental formula bottles included in her daily feedings. Is she eating enough?

Hard to say: If she's playful, interactive and starting to fill out it is likely enough. Having her weighed to see is also an option but once a week is often enough to monitor weight. Most at her age will put on at least an ounce a day. ...Read more

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Gave my 6 wk old her first formula feeding at noon (alimentum). At 3 gave her bottled breast milk, and at 4 she threw up (not spit up, vomit) help?

Gave my 6 wk old her first formula feeding at noon (alimentum). At 3 gave her bottled breast milk, and at 4 she threw up (not spit up, vomit) help?

Specialty formula: Alimentum is a specialty formula used in infants with digestive difficulties. If your doc recommended alimentum due to a problem that your daughter has, contact that doctor right away for further care & advice. If you selected alimentum on your own, it may just be that any change at all is upsetting her. For now, switch back to breast until you can discuss in detail with her pediatrician. ...Read more

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My 2 month old is fed breast milk from a bottle he drinks 5 oz. It says he should eat every 4 hours but he mostly waits 5 hours is this ok?

My 2 month old is fed breast milk from a bottle he drinks 5 oz. It says he should eat every 4 hours but he mostly waits 5 hours is this ok?

Yes!: As long as your baby is growing well, & pooping and peeing regularly, then he may not need to eat every 4 hours. Those recommendations are good guidelines but every baby is unique! Kudos to you for exclusively breastfeeding him! It is a hard job & has so many health benefits for both of you. Hopefully you will be able to continue to 6 (or even 12 months). ...Read more

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Does an infant develop the same if they were breastfed or bottle fed with breast milk?

Does an infant develop the same if they were breastfed or bottle fed with breast milk?

Breast milk: Breast milk whether fed by nursing or in a bottle is the same. However, most babies who nurse get more milk than they would when milk is pumped because your baby is the most efficient breast pump developed ever. ...Read more

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Baby is bottle fed from day 1 by my mom, myself, & by my aunt since am having less breast milk. Will she identify am her mom? Will she gave attachment?

Bottle feeding: You are lucky to have helpers in the care of your new baby. A generation of babies grew up bottle fed; a new generation is in the care of a nanny or daycare center while mum goes back to work. When you are with your baby, hold her, talk to her, listen to her. She will know you are her mother. Attachment is not all about breastfeeding. ...Read more