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Reusing Breast Milk Bottle
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
Breast milk: yes but is better for the baby. ...Read more
Uncertain: Plastic bottles can contain BPA which are aromatic compounds that can potentially promote DNA damage and theoretically raise cancer risk, although this is hard to quantify. While any kind of cancer has environmental and genetic components, there is no direct evidence that reusing water bottles will cause breast cancer. If you have anxiety about this, consider using glass bottles. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Although breast milk is better, all infant formulas have the recommended nutients. Thus mixing is fine. Be aware that some babies react negatively with gas, fussiness etc. To a new formula. Also sometimes the taste of the mix may require an adjustment period. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Absolutely! i used the technique of manual expression for both of my children and it was awesome. Most people who hear this think the concept seems very strange, however i found hand expression to be more efficient for me than a breast pump. Check out this video from stanford on the technique: http://newborns.Stanford.Edu/breastfeeding/handexpression.Html. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes in some cases: Generally that is ok if it is all going to be eaten within the same day and if neither batch is frozen. Do not add fresh breast milk to frozen milk, and do not add fresh breast milk to old breast milk unless it will all be consumed within 24 hours. ...Read more
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