Originally Posted by Magdlyn
I am glad you're planning to breastfeed. Besides having nursed my 3, I am also a long time lactation specialist for an international breastfeeding support group.
Just a note about that 4-8pm period-- in the normal course of the day, you have more milk, but it's more watery, in the early part of the day. In the evening, around 4-8, 5-10, something like that, most newborns want to nurse more, sometimes almost continuously, because the mother's milk is of less quantity, but higher in fat and calories. So, it's more like cream, and actually is drawn out of the breasts more slowly. Give yourself a good six weeks, to allow the baby to meet her nutritional needs this way, especially as she's learning to nurse and growing so fast.
It's recommended you get chores done and dinner cooked before the "witching hour" when you can depend on her being fussy and hungry.
After 4-6 weeks you can start trying her on bottles of your pumped milk, if you find that convenient. Earlier than that, you run the risk of nipple confusion.
I'm learning new things each day...
I a, planning to take a breastfeeding course next month, so it would have probably come up then as well, but it is good to know.
The reason I also want to pump is to be able to go out at times to the movies and leave the baby with my mother in law, or if I get ill and need medication, that there still will be breast milk for my baby. But the main reason is that I think that feeding your child is a very basic and primitive way of bonding with the baby, and I don't want to exclude my husband from that any more then is biologically necessary.
We have several friends who's marriages have gone down the drain after having a baby, mainly because the wife just becomes a mom, and is no longer a partner, and don't allow the husband to be a dad... I want to do everything possible to avoid that from happening!
Anyway, thanks for the info! I'm guessing that even if I still have to breastfeed, I can rest a bit more if he takes care of the changing and burping and stuff, and I can just go back to sleep.
We'll see how things work out...