Being able to express breastmilk can bring you a little bit of freedom when looking after an infant. Whether it is so that you can get someone else to feed your baby so that you can have a break or get stuff done, or to give your boobs some respite during those periods where your little one seems to eat all day, giving your baby expressed breastmilk ensures that they have the best source of nourishment possible.
Now, I know there’s a lot of debate around the “breast is best” campaign. It is not my intention to judge or dishearten anyone who does not breastfeed – sometimes breastfeeding is not possible for a variety of reasons, or some mothers are unable to express enough milk for their babies. There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby formula or appropriate milk alternatives, just make sure you are following your feeding specialist’s advice in order to best nourish your baby. This post is simply intended as encouragement to those who do wish to feed their babies breastmilk using a bottle.
I hope these tips are useful. They are based both on advice I’ve received from the midwives at the hospital after I gave birth and from my lactation specialist, as well as my own experience expressing breastmilk. If you have any other tips, I’d love to hear them!
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Mini Mummi Blogger is a first time mummy to a beautiful baby boy. Currently on maternity leave, she is looking to put her writing/publishing experience to good use through her blog, helping other mummies navigate through the wealth of often conflicting (and, sometimes, even discouraging) information out there about pregnancy and motherhood. She believes that every mummy knows what’s best for her own baby – even first time mums!
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