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baby nearly 2 weeks old - will I mess up milk supply if I express a bottle for him?(7 Posts)
Hi there, really looking for some advice as im a first time mum and none of my friends have kids.
past 2 weeks have been a bit of a struggle as baby struggled to latch at first - he's now really got the hang of it and all is going well and we've had a few cluster feeding days but now that I know what's going on I don't feel distressed by it - I just go with it.
baby is only really napping during the day between feeds on me but through the night he's sleeping for about 2-3hours stretches between feeds in his cot which is good. However, it would be great if my husband could pitch in, he's been great with grabbing me food etc but anything to do with the baby he hasn't really been able to help because the baby is just feeding non stop during the day really and at night time there's not much help because the baby only wakes up for milk.
It would be great if he could do one of the evening feeds so I would like to express a bottle so that I can feed the baby, put him to sleep and at his next waking my husband feed him the expressed milk so that I can try and get a longer stretch of sleep and skip a feed. I feel like im running on empty by this point and I would feel so much better if I could just get 5 hours in. I don't know if this is unrealistic of me.
my question to those who have any experience with this is:
is expressing one bottle a day for my DH to give to baby in evening a good or bad idea?
will this compromise my milk supply as I know baby is just shy of 2 weeks old?
am I going to end up needing to express around the time the baby would want the feed anyway as breasts would get too full?
thank you in advance for any help - absolutely love my little baby to bits but I'm feeling so overwhelmed and exhausted and still in a lot of pain following a pretty traumatic birth and its all feeling a bit much. think a bit of sleep will make the world of difference x
People will advise against but I expressed and introduced a bottle every now and then from around ten days. No way did I want a bottle refuser. Had no issues swapping back and forth whatsoever.
Hi, poor you. I remember feeling exactly like that. Both mine were breasfed until 18 months old. The early weeks are so tough. The lack of sleep completely messes with your body and mental state, doesn't it. I expressed a little in the evenings with my first due to painfully uncomfortable oversupply and latching issues, but it also doubled up as the first "wake up" feed which my husband did. It didn't affect my supply as it was only one bottle. I'm not sure how expressing more would have affected it, so I can't comment on that. I did however get over engorged breasts at feeding times and got woken up by it, sorry OP. Everyone is different though and you may not have an issue with that at all. It's definitely worth a try. Hang in there. It doesn't last forever.
Expressing is good for your supply
Long gap between milk output is bad for supply (but by long I mean long enough that boobs get sore- 5h sounds fine)
No sleep very very bad for supply.
Definitely do it.
thanks for the advice - is there a specific time which is best to express? should I do it right after a feed?
Hey, I have a 9 day old and have been expressing since day 5, we had latch issues as my milk come in, my boobs were so painful and milk was just leaking out of them so I thought I would express instead of waste it. I express during the day late afternoon) and my partner feeds about 22.00-23.00 when she wakes. I then feed through the night. Touch wood I haven’t had any supply issues.
From what my midwife explained to me it’s the hormones released during night feeds that has the biggest effect on supply.
It should be fine. To answer the timing, I find mornings easier just because boobs seem fuller so it's quicker. It shouldn't mess with your supply as you're only doing a bottle. You may find it hard work if straight after a feed and you're a bit empty but it will come if you try repeatedly because BF works on supply / demand.
Also, introducing a bottle now means baby is likely to continue to take one which is handy down the line if you want to go out for a few hours / switch to formula. You may have to try a few bottles / a few times if frustrated because it's a bit different to bf.
Have you got a hakaa https://haakaaofficial.co.uk/breast-pumps/? They're brilliant for collecting a bit of milk whilst you're feeding that you can then give in a bottle. It won't collect a full bottle in one go but you could do a few over the day. Just make sure you store in the fridge and cool each batch 30 mins minimum before mixing (la ledge league has guidance on this)
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