Pumping for an Occasional Bottle

Have you ever wondered, "If I am breastfeeding all the time, how am I supposed to ever be able to pump milk for a bottle?"

Here's how:

After breastfeeding your baby, pump both breasts.

Try to do this around the time when you seem to have the most milk. For many women, this is in the morning. Perhaps your breasts feel fuller or heavier in the morning, or baby only feeds from one breast rather than her typical two. You are more likely to get a higher yield if you pump at this time than if you pump at a time when your breasts feel more empty after breastfeeding.

Pump within about 15 minutes of finishing breastfeeding. You don't want to wait too much longer than 15 minutes before you pump because you will start to cut into the milk that is refilling for your baby's next breastfeeding.

Don't worry about how much you get out. You may get one ounce total or four ounces total; that means nothing about how much your baby is getting to eat from the breast and has everything to do with your milk supply. Actually, it makes the most sense that you would get very little out when pumping because your body isn't used to making milk for the pump, it is used to making milk for the baby!

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6 Things You Should NEVER Do With a Newborn

Do you feel ready and prepared for your newborn? I wonder if anyone ever is truly and completely ready for the experience, emotions and responsibilities that a baby brings with them into our world. But to help you along the way, here are 6 things to steer clear off while you find your way.

Ignore Them
Your baby relies on you for every single need; that is a much greater dynamic between the two of you than you realize. Your baby needs you for everything in his/her earliest years and therefore your presence around them is vital. Not only does your presence and attention ensure things get done, but it is also emotionally comforting for your baby who is yet to find his/her grasp in the world. Even when your baby can't speak words, he/she communicated through expressions, gestures, arm and leg movements and grunts; make sure you don't ignore these subtle conversations your baby is having with you.

Let Anyone and Everyone Kiss and Hold Them
Your baby may not be able to say it in as many words, but he/she may not always like to be smothered with attention, hugs and kisses. Yes, babies are cute, but they are often just as sensitive to stimuli- infact often a lot more than adults. Scents, sounds and feel often matters a lot more to your baby, so don't let just anyone pick up your baby and begin cuddling up with him/her.

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