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Doctor insights on: Reusing Breast Milk Bottle

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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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Is it better to store breast milk in bottles or bags?

Is it better to store breast milk in bottles or bags?

See below: If the plastic bags are bpa free they are probably ok. The safest will always be glass bottles that have been sterilized between use. ...Read more

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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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My baby brother is 3 weeks old and refusing breast milk, is it okay to start using baby formula in a bottle?

My baby brother is 3 weeks old and refusing breast milk, is it okay to start using baby formula in a bottle?

INFANT FEEDING: I see mom is taking propranolol, carbamezipine and propylthiouracil. All these are l-2 drugs, means she can breastfeed without adverse effects to the baby. If baby refuses to nurse, mom can pump the milk with breast pump and feed baby in the bottle. If enough milk is not there, she can supplement with formula after breast milk. Best advise: talk to the pediatrician. ...Read more

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How often and how many ounces should a 2 week old be eating? I'm giving her breast milk and formula in a bottle.

Great weight is key: A 2 week old will eat often, though each child develops his/her own pattern. For breastfeeding, a 20-30 minute session every 2 hours is typical for an infant this age. With bottle feeding, 2 oz every 2 hours is typical. Try breastfeeding first - often you don't need a bottle then. The best way to know you're baby is getting enough is if they're gaining weight - good weight gain means enough food. ...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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How can my 4m old baby transition from breast milk to formula? She's tried many and just won't take any and bottles are not the problem.

How can my 4m old baby transition from breast milk to formula? She's tried many and just won't take any and bottles are not the problem.

Weaning from breast: If you are willing to pump your own breast milk & freeze it for daily use sine the baby is refusing to drink any formula, other wise you just have to keep trying until the baby gets used to one of the formulas, very soon you will be introducing sold food & that will help but you still need to offer formula or pumped breast milk. Good luck. ...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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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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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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I pumped two 4 oz bottles of breast milk last night and put in the fridge. How long can I let it sit out after removing from fridge?

I pumped two 4 oz bottles of breast milk last night and put in the fridge. How long can I let it sit out after removing from fridge?

How long to spoil: Use your own sense of smell and taste. Ultimately use your baby's If you feed your baby and your baby pushes the bottle away that should be a signal to you. Do not force feed the baby. He or she is telling you something by pushing food away. When you have a brunch and set out food at the end I assume that you don't throw out the food but wrap up the leftovers and re-refrigerate the food. ...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?

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

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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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Can I mix breast milk with whole milk for 10.5 month old baby? Can I give him a bottle of only whole milk?

Can I mix breast milk with whole milk for 10.5 month old baby? Can I give him a bottle of only whole milk?

Maybe yes, maybe no.: Your pediatrician should have checked your child's hemoglobin at their 9 months checkup to see if child anemic (low iron usually the cause). If this was fine, it's okay to start transitioning to whole milk along with your nursing. If child was anemic/low uron, should continue to supplement your nursing with iron fortified formula until at least a year of age. ...Read more

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My 19 day old daughter is being fed breast milk and formula via bottle. Her tongue is extremely white. Is this normal?

My 19 day old daughter is being fed breast milk and formula via bottle. Her tongue is extremely white. Is this normal?

White tongue: If the white areas come off easily, with a facecloth than likely milk related. If not is may be thrush. But if she is feeding well and her mouth is not red or sore, most doctors would just observe this. All the best. ...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 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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I seriously need help taking baby off breastmilk. I can't deal with her cry so much. She drinks anything from the bottle not breast milk. What to do?

I seriously need help taking baby off breastmilk. I can't deal with her cry so much. She drinks anything from the bottle not breast milk. What to do?

Let others offer it: As long as baby sees you or smells you she is unlikely to accept the milk from anything but the breast. If you can arrange for someone else to feed her when she is hungry & be out of view, you may begin to see the process change. ...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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I've been pumping but losing breast milk, I'm pumping half of what I was b4, baby has been drinking from bottle is it to late for her to latch on?

I've been pumping but losing breast milk, I'm pumping half of what I was b4, baby has been drinking from bottle is it to late for her to latch on?

Maybe not: As long as there is some breast milk production you can "retrain" your baby to latch on again. It may take some effort on your part and patience. ...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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Since starting solids my 6month old grandson eats 3oz less from each of his bottles (breast milk). He loves his solids (fruit, veggies and yogurt), but my daughter is very concerned about his losing the breast milk nourishment. He is in the 7th percentile

Since starting solids my 6month old grandson eats 3oz less from each of his bottles (breast milk). He loves his solids (fruit, veggies and yogurt), but my daughter is very concerned about his losing the breast milk nourishment. He is in the 7th percentile

Solids not important: Breast milk is the most important & balanced nutrition for any kid under 1y if not older. There is no need (other than cultural pressure) to introduce solids to do anything more than teach the kid to explore texture & learn a new feeding method. Solids generally have lower calorie density & quantity should be kept small in any lean kid. ...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 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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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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My 2 week old daughter has the hiccups after every feeding. She drinks 3 ounces of breast milk or formula per session in a bottle. How can I stop them?

My 2 week old daughter has the hiccups after every feeding. She drinks 3 ounces of breast milk or formula per session in a bottle. How can I stop them?

Not to worry: Hiccups are very common in little babies. This is a reflex of the phrenic nerve that innervates the diaphragm and is triggered by the baby's immaturity to eat and breathe at the same time ...Read more

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How to get my son to take a bottle of pumped breast milk at 3 months old my son is 3 months old I have exclusively breastfeed since day one. I have tried to get him to take a pacifier and a bottle of pumped breast milk but he wants nothing to do with eith

How to get my son to take a bottle of pumped breast milk at 3 months old my son is 3 months old I have exclusively breastfeed since day one. I have tried to get him to take a pacifier and a bottle of pumped breast milk but he wants nothing to do with eith

Smart kid: If you are there he wants the real thing. Try being absent during the process and have someone else feed him when he is hungry. When he decides there is milk to be had that way he will adapt. Later on he may be willing to do so when you offer it, but he must be motivated and try it first from someone else. ...Read more