Other caregivers and breast-feeding

Breast-feeding does not mean that other caregivers cannot feed your baby. You can express breast milk with a breast pump so others can occasionally bottle-feed your baby. Milk that is expressed with a breast pump can be refrigerated or frozen for later use. This allows the baby's father or other caregiver to feed the baby, and it will give you an opportunity to sleep through some night feedings.

Some doctors recommend that you wait at least 4 to 6 weeks before feeding your baby breast milk from a bottle. Feeding at the breast during these first weeks helps you to establish your milk supply. Talk with your doctor about the best time to introduce bottle-feeding.

Last Updated: May 4, 2009

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