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June 27th, 2014, 12:16 PM
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When can I start pumping to freeze milk?When can baby girl start bottles with breast milk in them?

I want to bottle feed 2/3 times a day. Breast all other times.
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July 9th, 2014, 07:59 PM
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You could start pumping whenever. They suggest waiting 6 weeks to introduce bottles, to avoid confusion.

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August 13th, 2014, 06:23 AM
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Wait until your supply is well established to begin pumping or using bottles. Both can affect your supply in the early days, if you aren't careful. 6 weeks is usually a good time frame to consider breastfeeding as well established.

When you give your daughter a bottle, don't forget to pump! You will need to pump anytime your baby has a bottle to keep your supply up.
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January 19th, 2016, 12:48 AM
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Some women who breastfeed start pumping soon after their baby is born to build up their milk supply if they’re not producing enough milk. As per the experts pumping and giving bottles too early will create nipple confusion.
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February 25th, 2016, 12:01 PM
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With my older kids, I started pumping as soon as we got home from the hospital...would feed on one side and pump the other...that way I always had 2 full feeds per session....and then when I would bottle feed I would pump both sides.
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June 1st, 2016, 10:35 AM
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Start any time. My baby is a month old and I pump my milk 2 times a day.. A little bit of work but I am happy that I have my own milk for her.
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June 3rd, 2016, 03:17 AM
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whenever you want, if you feel that you need it
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June 7th, 2016, 10:01 PM
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If your baby is premature or has special needs that don’t allow you to nurse her from birth, start pumping as soon as you can. If you have multiples, talk to your pediatrician or lactation consultant about pumping to build up your breast-milk supply. Otherwise, many experts recommend avoiding nipple confusion by waiting until after the first two or three weeks (assuming nursing is going well) to introduce a bottle. (Plenty of babies, however, go back and forth between bottle and breast from day one, so do what feels right for you.) Even if you don’t feed your baby from a bottle at first, you can pump in the early days and store the milk in your freezer for later use. If you’re planning to go back to work, start pumping a few weeks beforehand to get the hang of it and to build up a stockpile of milk.
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July 14th, 2016, 03:22 AM
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If you want to increase the amount of milk you are storing daily, pump half an hour after several feedings each day. Pump one breast while nursing on the other. This takes a little practice to get positioning just right, but the baby can enhance your let-down reflex. Turn the pump on before you begin feeding.
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