As mentioned in a previous post , to be successful in breastfeeding, baby should be bottle-free, at least for the first month after birth.
As mentioned, baby is the best ‘breastpump’ with the most efficient suckles in the world. All breastpumps sold in the market try to mimic the baby’s suckling motions, but none of them is 100% as effective as babies.
In the first 2 weeks, our body produces only colostrum, in tiny amount. Some mother’s milk might come in earlier, on the 4th day, but some might be later. Before milk ‘comes-in’, the amount of milk/colostrum is very little.
If you choose to bottle feed the baby, you’d need to express breastmilk. When you see the little amount expressed, you’d start to doubt your ability to produce milk, and very likely to give up.
The best way is really to direct feed the baby, day and night, at least in the first month.
On 3rd week onwards, try to express everytime after baby is fed on the breasts. Empty your breasts with whatever amount left behind. In the beginning it could be a few drops, but if you continue with every feeds, it will increase to 0.5oz, then 1oz, then 2oz… more and more you’ll get.
As we are working moms, it is important to start introducing bottle after 1 month (don’t wait till 2 months as baby might reject bottle - like Isabel, I was too lazy to express!). Try to give 1 bottle-feed a day for 1 week, then increase to 2 bottles per day for another week, etc. By the time you get back to work, baby would be fed 4 or 5 bottles a day - just right for the whole day you are at work!
You may need to ask someone else to bottle feed your baby. If you do it yourself, baby might reject it and prefer direct-feeding (they can smell the ’source’!). They are the smartest creature - know the best!