The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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Studies show that quite a few women cite family harmony as a higher priority than breastfeeding exclusively. they don’t want to ignore the 3-year-old sister who is “desperate to help” by feeding baby a bottle; or they want dad and grandparents to bond with baby, too.
During the first weeks after birth, you should nurse the baby. “The first week is critical,” says Hurst. “Getting that stimulation in the beginning will really ramp up the hormones that influence your milk volume.”
Don’t pump until you reach four to six weeks. Nursing will be smooth sailing and you’ll have an easier time pumping milk. Then everyone can join the baby-feeding party via bottles of your expressed milk.
Let dad bathe the baby. Bottle-feeding isn’t the only way to bond with baby. Bathing, rocking, dressing, changing, singing and cooing are all meaningful ways for Dad, gramps and Big Sister to connect with the newest member of the family.
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