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I haven't started pumping yet as I have no reason to. However Sept 1st I have a bachelorette party(and Sept 14th s wedding) I will be attending and I'm wondering when I should start pumping to have milk ready for that day. I'm asking because a friend had asked if we should introduce the bottle (with BM) before hand so baby is "used to" the bottle nipple. This made me curious as well. Should she take a bottle with no problem right away? Or should we introduce it a few days before hand? Also, when it comes time to give her the bottle, how do I know how much to tell my mother or DH to give her? I'm getting a little nervous about all this. I don't want to give her a bottle, but I "have" to go to these things as it's my best friend and I'm the matron of honor. I'm also nervous about pumping... I'm afraid I won't do it at the right time.
Yes, you need to introduce the bottle before the day. Some babies only like some bottles. Mine both liked the playtex dropins with the old style nipple. You should give her a bottle with the milk that you pump during one session (if she usually nurses both sides in one session, pump both sides and make that one serving) she may get hungry more often since babies get more milk out than the pump does. I pumped every weekday for over a year with each of my children so I have a little bit of experience but all babies are different. I hope everything goes smoothly for you. I have heard of BF babies that don't eat at all while their mother is gone and then just nurse like crazy when she returns before they prefer the breast and others will only eat a little and then wait for the mom to get back to actually get full.
Definitely introduce the bottle beforehand. Some babies take to it right away (my daughter did at about 6 weeks) and some don't.
As far as how much, that can take some experimenting. I think I started out with like 2 oz. By the time she was 3 months old, she was taking about 3 oz. The most she ever took was 5 oz at close to a year.
You will get the most from pumping in the morning. I'd feed Lily and then pump both sides afterwards. I would probably try pumping now and see how much you're able to pump to help you decide how much you need to pump beforehand. You can always freeze any you get and it'll be good for about 6 months.
You can also try pumping your right side to up your supply. I have actually heard of babies preferring one side. That may be what you're experiencing.
When Lily got older, she also became very distracted when I nursed in public and would flip the cover up. I tried my hardest to keep her covered or nursed her in the car or somewhere a little more private.
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