1st Time Mum, not sure what to do / is possible. in Breastfeeding

Posted by Anonymous on - 1 reply

Hello, I'm due to give birth in December, and at the moment we are looking into all the feeding options available with a view to start buying necessary bottles/equipment etc.
I am keen to breastfeed baby, but I am also wanting to keep options open in case that method doesn't work for us. Do women in this case express exclusively (if able to)? Or use formula and breast milk? Thanks for any advice you can give me on this.

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Jul 17, 2016 11:35 AM

Hi Many thanks for your email and question.
The choice to exclusively breast feed or mix feed -artificial milk and expressed breast milk and or breastfeeding is a choice for you depending on milk supply and baby's ability to breastfeed.
It would be a very good idea to talk through you feeding concerns and questions with a Lactation Consultant or other breastfeeding specialist before baby is born as they can exclude any immediate medical anatomical issues that may have the potential to affect breastmilk supply and breastfeeding.
The main issue is that in order to maintain an adequate maternal milk supply sufficient for exclusive breastfeeding, or mixed feeding is that the breasts need to be stimulated frequently for example 2-3 hourly in the early days following delivery either by the baby or a good breast pump.
Consulting with a breastfeeding specialist antenatally will assist you to consider and become familier with alternative feeding methods, ie Cup feeding, finger feeding, syringe feeding and paced bottle feeding, all of these methods can help to reduce the potential for baby preferring bottle feeding of any milk over breastfeeding.
Hope this helps.