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post #21 of 25
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Ok, awesome advice here ladies! You guys are the best! Thanks so much for all the info .
post #22 of 25
Just to offer another perspective....I felt like pumping, bottles and formula (gasp!!!!) SAVED my breastfeeding relationship with my daughter. Yes, it's best to avoid nipple confusion for the first 4 weeks. And yes, breast is best. But bottles don't automatically have to be a gateway to weaning. And feeding your baby doesn't have to be a black and white issue between bottle and breast. I had a horrible, painful case of thrush that began when DD was 3 weeks. I honestly think that if I had not had DH feed our baby once a day with a bottle, to give me a break from the pain, I might have given up entirely. The pain was so bad that I DREADED feeding my daughter, which emotionally was really, really hard to cope with. We used bottles (supplementing with formula because I couldn't save any pumped milk because it was contaminated with thrush) and when eventually the thrush cleared up (a whole other story in itself) I pretty much exclusively breastfed other than when I was working part-time, and DD would get pumped milk in a bottle. She nursed until she was 2.5 and I got pregnant with this little bundle. She nursed like a champ and never had any issues with nipple confusion.

I used the playtex drop-in system. I am not crazy about the disposable liners, but my LC recommended them because of the shape of the nipple. Like I said, we never suffered nipple confusion....maybe we wouldn't have with another bottle system, but all the really narrow nipples that I see on most bottles make me nervous.

With this baby, I am going back to work full-time when she is 3 months, so I plan on introducing a bottle around 4 weeks and having DH or DD feed her once a day. DD (3 yo) is very, very excited to be able to feed her baby sister and I am glad that I will be able to have her help take care of the baby in that way. Since I already have them and I liked them, I'll be using the playtex drop-in system again. And I will be pumping and storing lots of breast milk!!!!!
post #23 of 25
I get what you are saying, feministmom, and I agree that when you dealing with abnormal issues, a "break" can be necessary for healing or just for regaining perspective. But I think the point I and some of the others are trying to make is that, in the absence of any breastfeeding problems, bottles and artificial nipples can indeed set you up for problems.

And technically speaking, ANY suckling not done at the breast (and this includes pacifiers, artificial nipples, and even thumb-sucking) or any nourishment not from the breast (including formula, pumped milk, water, solid foods) is considered the beginning of the weaning process. Not that weaning is a bad thing; some lactivists act like it is a dirty word, where really it is a normal process of child development. And sometimes things interrupt the breastfeeding relationship temporarily--that doesn't mean all is lost.

But moms need to be aware that there are ramifications to using bottles, artificial nipples, supplementing, etc. They need to know so that they can make the best informed choice for themselves and their babies! Maybe Auntie thinks that giving baby a graham cracker at 5 months would be an adorable photo-op and what's the big deal? Or Mom is exhausted/sore and out of genuine love/concern, Daddy offers to take over the night shift for a feed or two....it might be the very best thing for mom, or it could be undermining the breastfeeding relationship. Mom needs to know the worst-case scenario so that she can make a well-informed decision. Maybe what mom really needs is a different kind of break, rather than a break from feeds.
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by freistms View Post
If you are going to go to work when your baby is 6 months old, then your baby will still be needing to get 90% of its calories from breastmilk at that time. That comes down to pretty much ALL of its daytime calories if you want to be the one responsible for introducing solids (fun to do, important to be in control of), and that in turn requires PUMPING and BOTTLES.
I don't considered them required they are still a choice at 6 months... My dd2 could take a sippy and straw cup at that age. That could be a feeding option, depending on the baby of course.

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Originally Posted by feministmom View Post
Just to offer another perspective....I felt like pumping, bottles and formula (gasp!!!!) SAVED my breastfeeding relationship with my daughter. Yes, it's best to avoid nipple confusion for the first 4 weeks. And yes, breast is best. But bottles don't automatically have to be a gateway to weaning.
Sounds like it was painful on you. I can only imagine how a relief that one feed was... And that's exactly why there are pharmacies open 24 hours. The OP doesn't need to have bottles ready...



As someone else mentioned, I could totally have seen my mom deciding to feed dd1 without asking me if if I had what she needed on hand... People just want to feed babies for some reason.

And well, even though dd1 did have bottles without true confusion from 1 to 2.5 at daycare, it still affected her latch. She always had a better latch coming back when we were on vacations and stuff and she spent 4-5 days without taking one. I want to avoid that issue with dd2.
post #25 of 25
Sorry I want to apologize for crashing... Somehow I was under the impression this was posted under breastfeeding, not in a DDC...

Sorry ladies.
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