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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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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