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On the next page learn what challenges you may face if you decide to exclusively feed your baby expressed breastmilk.
What are Some of the Challenges?
While providing expressed breastmilk by bottle may reduce the frustration and anxiety of your current feeding situation, it can present some unique challenges that should be considered when making the decision.
It takes a lot of time, effort and usually, very frequent pumping with a high quality pump to establish and maintain a complete milk supply through pumping alone. Breastpumps are not as effective at stimulating a let-down or removing milk from the breast as a baby who is successfully breastfeeding. Milk supply is determined by how much milk is taken from the breast. (Zoppou, et al 1997) With the newer, more efficient pumps many moms are able to provide 100 percent of their baby’s breastmilk.
Other moms may experience fluctuations in their milk output and/or have difficulty building or maintaining their supply and need to supplement with formula periodically or regularly depending on their situation However, any amount of breastmilk you are able to provide would be to your baby’s benefit.
To maximize your pumping, research has shown that using a high-quality double pump, pumping frequently -- at least six to eight times a day -- and breast massage are all know to help increase your milk output. (Hill, et al, 1999) (Jones, & Spencer 2000)
On the next page find out how to maximize the quality of the milk you express for your baby.