Baby is 17 days old and feeding loads, and I've hardly had any sleep and am ready to crash. Thought perhaps I'd express some milk so DH could give him a feed and I could get a rest.
So I've managed to clean/sterilise my Medela Swing, attached a 50mL bottle to it, and got that much out (but of course spilled some on myself while detaching).
1. Is it normal for my nipple to look so huge and bruised after coming out of the pump? It feels a bit sore too, but felt fine while pumping.
2. Is 50mL enough for a feed for a 2.5 week old, or should I try to pump more today?
3. It's been suggested that a cup would be better than a bottle to avoid confusion. Any old cup, or are there special ones? Can I just pick one up at Boots or Mothercare tonight? Recommendations? Will DH be able to do it without pouring EBM all over the baby's face, getting frustrated, and demanding a bottle?
You can get special soft lipped cups for feeding EBM but my midwife told me that one of those small measuring cups that come with bottles of medicine will do for occasional use.
I was also told that if all else fails, it is possible to feed from a spoon - it helps if you can encourage baby to open his mouth really wide.
With either option, be prepared for some dribbling!
How much milk he will need depends on how big he is. My baby was 8lb4oz at birth and at 3wks5days (weighed today at 9lb2oz) now takes 110ml EBM as one feed, which is up from about 70-80ml last week. As there is likely to be some wastage through dribbling if you feed via cup/spoon, I would try to express a bit more if possible. It will keep for 24hours in the fridge or can be frozen so won't go to waste.