Introducing a Bottle to a Breastfed Baby | La Leche League International
Yes, most families do use bottles. If you feed your baby formula , you will need to use bottles. Even if you plan to be home and exclusively breastfeed, you might find that letting other family members feed your baby a bottle of pumped breast milk is a win-win—they nab a special moment with your little one and you get a breather. Most bottle brands offer several nipple nipple sizes, each of which provides a different rate of milk flow. As a benchmark, newborns may eat as little as an ounce or two every meal, while babies around six months old may eat six to eight ounces at a feeding.
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Here is one approach to beginning pumping and introducing bottles that has worked well for many mothers as they prepared to return to work:. Once the feeding is completed, you will pump to create a bottle equal to what the baby consumed. Remember that the baby is always better than a pump! If you do not pump as much as the baby took, it is more likely a pump issue than an issue of not enough milk. Just pump after another breastfeeding and add that amount to what you pumped to get the amount baby took.