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Do I need to buy new nipples?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I have all the bottle nipples we used with DS, but I'm wondering. Should I buy new ones or is it OK to sterilize and reuse the ones from when DS was a baby?

 

I never stretched them or whatever some people do to give rice cereal, etc. But new ones are only like $3.... so.... IDK..... headscratch.gif

post #2 of 9

Funny, I've wondered the same thing.  I'm probably going back to work around 6 months PP, but I'm going to need baby to take a bottle at least here and there (well, at least 2 days in July while I take a bar exam).

 

With DD, I went back to work at 13 weeks and pumped for her until a year, plus she was colicky and had reflux, so we have TONS of types of nipples.  I think I'm going to throw out the ones that she actually used regularly and replace those.  The ones that just got washed and tried out once or twice I'll probably save.  They were all BPA free at the time, so I'm not sure what could have changed as far as manufacture is concerned.  Do they degrade with age, assuming they're stored in temperature-controlled environment?  Hmm.  Maybe something to worry about after the birth. 

 

Are you going back to work soon after the birth?

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

I'm going back to work 6 weeks PP, but I'll still be "in the house". With DS I would use the boppy to hands free nurse him while I continued to work, which worked well with the exception of conference calls and when I got really super busy and just couldn't handle the interruption. At those points I would hands free pump and let the nanny give him a bottle instead.

 

I had read some things last time that if you want baby to be OK with taking a bottle, you should introduce it at 3 or 4 weeks, else they may not take it in place of the breast. I have heard first hand from moms about their baby that won't take a bottle, so I was pretty intent on not letting that happen. I introduced DS just shy of 4 weeks and he had no issues. So, I assumed I'd do the same again.

 

I don't know if I will want to pump vs. nurse at my desk this time, but I assume a combination of both. My office is no longer on the main living floor though, as I had to move to the basement to make room for baby. I'm a little concerned about having her brought up and down the stairs so much, just because I'm super paranoid and worry about an accident on the stairs while carrying her to/from me. I'm sure I'll get over that at some point... I hope.

 

It is probably something that /could/ wait, but I'm a bit nuts about being prepared and organized. So, one of the things on my list is to sterilize all the pump parts and bottles and whatnot... I don't know if I'll feel like messing with that pp necessarily, at least not before I'd want to pump so I can start building up a supply in the freezer. And I don't know if I'll want to deal with ordering new nips before I'd want to intro the bottle.

 

I think since I'm even just the slightest concerned, I'll just go ahead and order new ones. I only really used 6 of the ones we have, and those are the type I'll order since they work very well for making baby "work" to get milk the same way as at the breast so there's no "lazy" reaction to the boob later.

 

Thanks for responding... This is my second baby, so I don't know what's OK to reuse... well, nipples are the only thing in question right now I guess... unless there's anything else someone might suggest NOT reusing. :-?

post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

Oh, I just noticed your daughter is a valentine baby. My DS was due on Valentine's, but came out 3 days later instead. ;-) That's neat though, our little ones are going to be the same distance apart. Speaking for myself, that was completely by design. I think it's a good spacing. :-)

 

(edit: sorry, I said "son" by mistake.)

post #5 of 9

Funny about the spacing.  I would have liked for DH to be ready for #2 earlier, but looking back I'm glad DD has had the extra time with just us. 

 

I hear ya on being prepared.  With DD, I didn't have a pump or anything because I was planning on just getting one before I went back to work.  Then she landed in the NICU for 3 weeks and my parents had to run out and get me one--could have saved money by doing it in advance and using a coupon or at least shopping around.  So you never know what will happen. DD got bottles for 3 weeks and didn't latch to BF at all until we got home.  She would never take a bottle from me after that though--I can see where a LO might know you're in the house and refuse a bottle from the nanny.  Such a toss up as to what they'll do, little individuals as they are!

 

I'd probably go ahead and replace the nipples that you know you like, just for peace of mind.  I'm totally jealous of your work situation, BTW!

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks. It's worked out really well, and I'm really grateful for the opportunity to work out of the house. I do have to work "on-site" occasionally, but it isn't often and usually not longer than a week per occasion.

 

What actually happened is that I was going to leave my job for a new one closer to home when my boss asked if working from home would make me stay. I ended up taking less money than I would have with the new job, but I'd just found out I was pregnant right before that and switching jobs where I might not have maternity leave seemed like maybe not the best option. I also decided that working out of the house would be worth the pay cut since I'd be able to be home with the baby. So far, it's been pretty great, though there are cons to working from home as well. It's definitely more isolating, but at least with the nanny here, there's /some/ level of adult conversation.

post #7 of 9

I was wondering the same about reusing nipples/bottles. I just pulled out my stash the other day and was checking them all over. I would love to replace everything and just start new BUT that would be pricey. We used the born free stuff and I would want to do that again. I think  will replace the nipples and maybe save the bottles and go from there.

 

With DS I had bad BF issues right from the start due to undiagnosed TT  (we got to the bottom of it when he was 10 weeks old) so he was using a bottle basically from birth because I had to pump and bottle feed him every 2nd or 3rd feeding. This time I hope that doesnt happen and certainly will be much better prepared if it does in terms of what to look for and how to take care of it. If all goes well i will introduce a bottle at 3-4 weeks because I will be going back to work when DD is about 3-3.5 months old. That gives me some time to further assess my nipples/bottles.

post #8 of 9

I would think that if they are not cracked or anything, that sterilizing them would be okay.

post #9 of 9

Did you try a ring sling for nursing hands free? Easy on and easy off. Just a suggestion!

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Originally Posted by usagi629 View Post

I'm going back to work 6 weeks PP, but I'll still be "in the house". With DS I would use the boppy to hands free nurse him while I continued to work, which worked well with the exception of conference calls and when I got really super busy and just couldn't handle the interruption. At those points I would hands free pump and let the nanny give him a bottle instead.

 

 

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