This past week we decided to change how we breastfeed our baby girl. She's 7 months old now and has been successfully conjointly breastfeeding and bottle feeding with one bottle at night since she was in her first month. She has started eating solid foods (she eats like a champ btw) and is thriving both physically and mentally.
There's not much that has changed in her needs, but it's our family's needs that have changed. Our twins have started little league again, the school has been busier than ever, I am working more from home now (including some traveling), and since the weather has been nice we have taken more trips away from home as a family.
Breastfeeding, as natural and perfect as it is, can be time-consuming and inconvenient. I wanted more freedom to spend time with the rest of our family without losing the bond that comes with breastfeeding. I wanted to successfully breast and bottle feed our daughter without losing my milk supply completely.
Conjointly Breastfeeding and Bottle Feeding
Conjointly breastfeeding and bottle feeding baby can give you the best of both worlds. You can keep the emotional bond that comes with breastfeeding while enjoying the conveniences and freedom of bottle feeding at the same time.
Best of all, since breastfeeding is a supply and demand process, most women can successfully do both just like I am.
Benefits of conjointly breastfeeding and bottle feeding.
- Don't have to give up night nursing – I love the one on one time we have together when I nurse her at night and I'm not willing to give that up yet. Plus her milk is ready and warm any time she needs it without me having to get out of bed to make a bottle.
- The convenience of bottles – When our day is busy, I have the convenience of giving her a bottle or two while we're out. She stays fuller longer, meaning more fun time before her next feed so we can enjoy longer trips as a family.
- Don't have to nurse in public places – I can schedule nursing around each day's events, so I don't have to nurse in public places like a bathroom (ew!) or sit in the car at the ballpark and miss our son's big play.
- Lower mastitis risk – Slowly weaning a baby from breast reduces the risk of engorgement and mastitis, an inflammation of tissue in one or both mammary glands inside the breast.
- Fuller breasts after weaning – The longer you wean your baby, the fatter your body redeposits back into your breasts helping them stay fuller after you completely wean the baby. (We all want fuller breasts right?)
Always remember, nothing is more important than the relationship between you and your child. If conjointly breastfeeding and bottle feeding works for your family, then I say do it. Do what makes you happy and your baby will be happy too.