This isn’t a post about breastfeeding vs bottle feeding; but for those of you who want your baby to accept a bottle, whether that’s formula or expressed milk.
For what it’s worth I breastfed on demand for the first few weeks, but then I felt that for both my sake and for Mr Small we needed a bit more of a routine and frankly I needed a little bit of a break.
We decided to try and introduce a bottle of expressed milk for the last feed of the day at c. 10.30 pm. I also liked the idea of the potential little bit of freedom that having a baby who would drink out of a bottle would give me if I did need to go out for a couple of hours, and leave Mr Small with someone else.
This unassuming little manual breast pump is a game changer!
I initially heard about the Haakaa in NCT classes but didn’t actually buy it until Mr Small was about 2 months old – I definitely wished I’d done so earlier!
More of this in an upcoming ‘Handy Hacks’ post but once we were in a routine I was pumping in the evenings with my Haakaa, so that my other half could do the dream feed when we went to bed.
The Medela Swing electric pump is great BUT I had 2 issues with my own pumping schedule:
In all honesty, a ‘breastfeeding cushion’ was not top of my priority list when planning for a baby, in fact I went as far as to dismiss it as one of the items that actually I didn’t need to buy (even though I was planning to breastfeed if I could)…. The various lists of ‘unnecessary baby items’ often said that a few pillows or cushions were all that you needed to get you and baby into a comfortable and supported position…
Fast-forward 8 months and I rave to any pregnant friend about the My Brest Friend breastfeeding cushion – despite the slightly amusing (but memorable) name! In the first week home from hospital, breastfeeding was going OK but was pretty uncomfortable at times, so I took a very shouty Mr Small for a walk in the pram to the lactation consultant at the local children’s centre.