The girls have expressed interest in feeding Elijah, so today I got out my pump and expressed a small bottle of breastmilk. Elijah accepted the artificial teat very easily, and it gave the girls a special moment of bonding with their little brother.

Brioni bottle-feeding Elijah, March 2012
Elijah recognises the taste in his mouth but is startled at the distance between himself and me.

Calista bottle-feeds Elijah, March 2012
Calista enjoys this contact with her baby brother. This activity was more about giving the girls an opportunity to feed Elijah than actually getting some milk into Elijah's tummy.

Delaney, 2 years old, drinks breastmilk, March 2012
When she could, Delaney grabs the bottle for a taste. "It's not yucky," she proclaims to Brioni, "it's yum!". High praise indeed for a very special brew.

A couple years ago, I highlighted a fascinating book on breastfeeding which may interest some of you. I’m glad I don’t need to express milk regularly. It’s so much easier for me to feed directly from the source, although I haven’t always found that to be the case.

Do you have a breastfeeding story to share?