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When should I introduce the bottle?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Right now I am exclusively breast feeding, but I have to go back to work August 2nd and at that point I will need to be pumping and he will have bottles during the day while I am at work.

I tried to give him a pacifier the other day when he was super gassy and fussy and he gagged on it! This made me think he might have some trouble adjusting to bottles.

Should I start in the beginning of July introducing the bottle? Will I need to start sooner to build up my supply?

After getting mastitis I stopped pumping (I was getting a head start on my stash but that didn't work out) so I don't know when to start up again.
post #2 of 11

I read that 4-6 weeks is the ideal time.

post #3 of 11
Really just have the same question Meredith - I think we waited too long with DS1, and he totally refused the bottle my first week back at work - so awful. He just went on hunger strike until he could bf when I got home.
Kai is 3 weeks today and I'm thinking of doing a small bit of pumping if I can get my act together this week/weekend.
I'm going to TRY to start going back to my yoga classes next Tuesday and was thinking of give DH a small bottle for it... The classes are an hour long so I might be gone 2 hours ... Kai will surely need to eat something... So 4 weeks feels like when we will start bottles...
post #4 of 11

We introduced bottles the middle of last week, when our daughter was 2.5 weeks old. It was earlier than recommended, but having my husband able to feed her was a necessity for my sanity. She eats every two hours, and I was going nuts not getting any REM sleep.

 

The first bottle we did together, and now my husband takes one night feeding. It did take a little coaxing to get her to take the bottle. I haven't noticed any change in her nursing. She's nursing a lot lately, so I'm only barely able to pump enough additional. I'm hoping to  build enough of a stash that I can leave her with grandma long enough for dinner and a movie.

 

As for pacifiers - my husband can get her to take one but I can't. I think she knows that I've got the real thing and am holding out on her.

post #5 of 11

I don't know what kind of bottles you use but thought I would share that I am having a really good experience with the First Years Breastflow bottles. They are shaped and designed to mimic the breast and make the baby use the same motion. So far they have helped my baby latch more consistently and I have been pretty impressed. Maybe they will make a baby who really wants the breast more comfortable?

post #6 of 11

With both of our boys we started around 4 weeks with a bottle.  The first few times I just pumped and then dh fed him right after I was done so it was normal temperature and everything.  We try to give a bottle of expressed milk at least once a week so Ezra is used to it.  He did great!  I would recommend going for a bottle that is designed for breastfeeding babies.  They have to be really slow flow so the baby still has to work to get the milk. (:  Sol did great with this situation and we hope Ezra will too!

 

Also, it does help if you leave the room.  (:  Sol just knew when 'the goods' were near and would fuss a lot more.  If I went out and had a cold drink on the porch or something he was always much more zen about the whole thing while dh fed him.

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks ladies! I think I will wait until he is 4-5 weeks to start introducing bottles. I think my milk supply is decreasing greensad.gif so hopefully pumping will help increase it so I can store some in the freezer. I used to have so much milk the first week and a half - i would take off my bra and it would just squirt out on the baby if he didn't latch right away! Now, I can't even really hand express much but I know Deacon is getting milk because when he eats I can see milk dribbling down his chin sometimes & he seems full. 

 

denverduo - what bottle brand would you suggest? We have some Born Free glass bottles that we got as a shower gift. The nipple says "slow flow" but I don't know if it is as slow as the breast... I have looked online at the breast bottles like the Adiri one, and it seems kind of gimmicky to me. Plus my nipple isn't that long! They honestly don't seem much more like a breast than a regular bottle to me. 

post #8 of 11

Meredith,  fill it up with some water and hold it upside down.  Nothing should come out (or maybe a drop every 10 seconds or so).  The bottles we have are the First Years Breastflow and Adiri Natural Nursers.  Love them!  We personally haven't had any issues with babies being gassier than normal or anything, and both boys switched back and forth from those to breast pretty seamlessly. (:
 

post #9 of 11

Meredith- I wouldn't say your supply is decreasing so much as regulating. If you're not pumping, then your breasts (after 1-2 days) will only produce as much milk as is being consumed. It's normal to not feel super full and engorged after the first couple of weeks (unless you miss a feeding), and for the crazy overactive spray let down to relax a bit. In fact, as breastfeeding continues, it's normal for your breasts to feel soft between feedings but your baby is still getting the right amount to eat. The fat content of your milk changes as your baby grows, too, which makes a big difference.

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by Astraia View Post

Meredith- I wouldn't say your supply is decreasing so much as regulating. If you're not pumping, then your breasts (after 1-2 days) will only produce as much milk as is being consumed. It's normal to not feel super full and engorged after the first couple of weeks (unless you miss a feeding), and for the crazy overactive spray let down to relax a bit. In fact, as breastfeeding continues, it's normal for your breasts to feel soft between feedings but your baby is still getting the right amount to eat. The fat content of your milk changes as your baby grows, too, which makes a big difference.

 

Yes, I bet you are right. My breasts feel much softer now between feedings. I can't really hand express anything between feedings today but whenever baby nurses he is obviously getting a lot. I hear him swallowing and see milk around his mouth. 

 

Denverduo, I ordered a breastflow bottle online to try. Should be here tomorrow! :-) If I can pump enough for a bottle, we will try it out soon. 

 

I made the lactation boosting cookies from the recipe that Jynx posted on another thread - Housepoet's Lactation Boosting Flaxseed Cookies. They are delicious!!! I am also taking Fengugreek 2x/day and trying to increase my fluid intake. I get all teary eyed and nearly burst out crying whenever I think about having to drop baby off at daycare when I go back to work in August...if I couldn't leave him with breastmilk it would probably put me over the edge. I'd just have to quit my job. 

 

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post #11 of 11
Yes - mine are softer now too -- but the milk still gags poor baby on let down greensad.gif. So, I know it's in there...
Those. Cookies. Look. Amazing.eat.gif
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