There are no videos for this part of the workshop, but I’ve listed some common questions below. Feel free to ask me a question on the feedback form at the end of the workshop, and I’ll add it to this section!
When can I give my baby a bottle?
If breastfeeding is going well, and baby is latching well and easily, it’s probably ok to give a baby a bottle from around 3-6 weeks. It’s worth bearing in mind that giving formula in the first 4-6 weeks can affect your supply, so ideally you’d pump any time baby gets a bottle of formula to protect your milk supply. If it’s breastmilk in the bottle, it’s probably ok to leave a 4-5 hour gap between feeding/pumping sessions unless you have a low supply or baby is gaining weight slowly.
I’d also recommend using a paced bottlefeeding technique:
When can I start to express/pump?
You can express/pump at any stage, just bear in mind that your milk supply is affected by milk being removed from the breast. In other words, if you remove more milk than your baby is taking directly at the breast, you could potentially end up with an oversupply.
I normally recommend that you pump/express after a feed, rather than using a milk collection pump (such as the Haakaa) during a feed. Here’s an article on the potential risks of using a Haakaa that I wrote for Boobing It: The silicone suction pump: an essential breastfeeding tool? – Boobingit that explains why. Usually pumping for 10-15 minutes after a morning feed yields the most amount of milk in the day.
Is it possible to only express and bottlefeed my baby instead of directly breastfeeding?
The short answer is: YES. I did it for my first baby for 18 months. It was hard work, but completely possible. This article should help: Exclusive pumping /exclusive expressing : Rebecca Scott-pillai (rebeccascottpillai.co.uk)
Do I run out of milk in the evening?
Cluster feeding is really common! In this article I explain why babies feed so much in the evening, and give you some practical tips on making it easier: Cluster feeding: Here’s what you need to know : Rebecca Scott-pillai (rebeccascottpillai.co.uk)
Can I take medications while I'm breastfeeding?
The vast majority of medications are safe to take with breastfeeding. In most cases, the benefits of continuing to breastfeeding outweigh the risks of stopping breastfeeding.
The Breastfeeding Network has some great resources on commonly prescribed medications such as: pain killers, antibiotics, antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication. You can find them here: Drugs in Breastmilk factsheets – The Breastfeeding Network
Can I drink alcohol while breastfeeding?
The short answer is: Yes, in moderation. If you are safe to care for your baby (ie not too drunk to look after them) then you can breastfeed your baby.
There is no need to “pump and dump” if you have had a few too many drinks. Alcohol metabolizes out of your milk at the same rate that it metabolizes out of your blood. So once you are sober, you can breastfeed.
Just bear in mind that you should not co-sleep if you’ve been drinking alcohol, and that frequent consumption of alcohol can have a negative impact on your milk supply.
If I give a bottle of formula will my baby sleep better?
Help! My baby cries and arches away every time I try to latch them on!
This is fairly common, both in the early days when babies are learning to breastfeed, and at various times as they get older. This article should help: