This baby will have to use bottles when I am at work.....I used Avent with my 1st two, but I gave them away a long time ago. Just wondering if there are any new bottles now??
Best bottle for BF baby??
I am a big fan of Breastflow. I don't like that they are plastic (BPA free though). But the nipple is awesome! My DD got nipple confusion from bottles early on. We had to supplement and she started latching on me wrong. It hurt!!! The Breastflow mimics the way a baby nurses from the breast - they have to pump with their tongue. These bottles actually fixed her messed up latch! They used to sell them at Target but I haven't seen them there lately. I know they still sell them on amazon. I'll definitely be using them again - for the few bottles I do give this time.
This one is highly recommended: http://www.happybabycompany.com/mimijumi-bottle_p_732.html Annoyingly, it is plastic, but the top is supposed to closely mimic a breast in that it allows the baby to smush its face in and the shorter nipple won't gag baby.
Are most bottles BPA-free these days? Or is this just one more thing I'll have to worry about when DH is feeding the little one? I will be pumping so that DH can feed the little one when I am in meetings, etc., so it would be nice to find something both physiologically appropriate (not causing nipple confusion) and non-toxic.
Aaargh. Plastic. So useful, but so *bad*. :<
I would imagine that most bottles are BPA free these days? I still always check before I buy things but I think enough people are anti that most childrens product manufacturers have stopped using it. Just a few yrs ago when I had DD, there were still sooo many on the market with BPA! Now pretty much the only things I find made for kids that aren't bpa free are in the dollar bin at Target, etc. Super cheap crap from china. I still think I would prefer to just not use plastic at all. But I am not willing to risk nipple confusion again and I really don't plan on using many bottles this time around. Last time I supplemented with bottles after every breastfeed for the 1st 5 months. Then I started using an at the breast supplementer. I just plan to supplement at the breast this time, but do the occasional bottle just so I am able to leave baby with daddy for a hour or 2 to myself on occasion.
I'm planning on bf exclusively for the first three months or so, and then when I need to start working again I'll have to use the pump and bottle set up. Do you all think it's safe to wait to get bottles? Or should I have that whole thing set up right from the start in case there are any problems with bf?
Boston- Don't get into the mindset that there might be problems! lol If it's hard at first, and you have a way out, it's REALLY hard to avoid taking that way out if you have it on hand! It's one of the reasons why they say for women who are intending to breastfeed exclusively, that you should throw out those free formula samples that start coming in the mail! You should TOTALLY seek help if there's any sign of a problem though! With that said, lol I imagine it's nice to have on hand what you will end up using anyway...but I'd work out the kinks in your breastfeeding relationship before you started offering a bottle if you're planning to breastfeed exclusively.
I don't think I'll introduce a bottle this go around, but I did get screwed by that mind-set last go around. lol I had a surprise doula client when ds was like 6 months old. I had expressed some milk, and we had a bottle, and I just assumed he'd get hungry enough to eat it if I wasn't home to nurse. lol Well, he refused the bottle hard-core, and dh had to bring him by the hospital where I was working every three hours for the entire 36 hours that my client labored!!! By the end of that birth, dh and I BOTH felt like we'd given birth ourselves!
Boston-- I am inclined to tell you to not wait for 12 weeks to introduce a bottle. BUT, I am used to working with babies with feeding and swallowing problems and am not used to typical babies.
Have other moms successfully introduced a bottle later than 6 weeks and then went back to work??
Thanks for the bottle advice!! The Breastflow is more affordable, but the Mimijimi looks like a breast! It's nice to know that the Breastflow helped with latch problems though. They are both BPA-free by the way.
This is off topic, but there was a really cool looking tub advertised on the mimijimi site-- Puj Flyte Mini Tub. Check it out!
If you are going back to work, I would not wait to introduce. Both of mine would take an occasional bottle when they were tiny, but quickly outgrew that and refused. I started maybe during week two? Breastfeeding was easy w/ both of them, so wait and see if you have problems there, first, imo. Also, pumping right from the get-go and storing milk in your freezer will help you A LOT come time for work. I make a lot of milk in the beginning and that tapers off. If you can begin work w/ a great freezer stash, that will give you peace of mind about pumping at work, which is priceless. It may also help to keep your milk supply higher so that you can pump more later. Makes the days when you can only get 4oz seem not so bad when you know your freezer is full of little bags of milk, yanno?
Pregnova - don't worry, I'm a huge bf advocate and will do everything I can do make it work. My midwife is a lactation consultant, and I have access to LLL, so I think I should be in very good hands. I'm just thinking of my SIL who tried to breastfeed and couldn't because of low milk production, so she ended up needing the bottle. Of course, she may not have had access to the same kind of resources. I'm just aware that things may not go as easily as I want to and wondered whether I should be prepared.
Thanks, Sillymom. From what I read just today, it sounds like I should introduce the bottle after about 6 weeks since I'll have to pump after a few months. Does that sound right?
Dogretro - just saw your post. Good info! Sounds like I need to read up on bf and pumping! You know, having a baby is like getting a second degree with all the research I need to do!
Boston-- I think that 6 weeks is the recommendation. I have to admit I always introduced them earlier than that, but I will try and wait until 6 weeks this time around. I was so desparate for DH to be able to take 1 night feeding, so I would pump before bed so he could take the 1st night feeding. I know that skipping a feeding just invites mastitis...and last time I had it twice....
Sillymom, you are correct, 6 weeks is the recommendation. Like every other ding dong thing, every nursing pair is different and some are perfectly fine introducing a bottle earlier and some are not ready yet at six weeks. We never know until they are out and latched on. Hopefully, it goes swimmingly for all of us!
I am thinking that we won't need a bottle until after the first 4 months (during that time, I'll be working mostly from home, so I'll be available to nurse when needed). However, is it bad to wait this long to introduce a bottle? As in, the LO will refuse to take the bottle if it isn't introduced early?
Every baby is really very different. My first dd got her first bottle at 2 months. She did okay with it. But didn't have them very often. She refused the next bottle offered to her and was pissed off that someone offered her a fake boob. My mom said she was fussy and hungry and after they tried to feed her, she was screaming mad. Luckily, my step-dad is super awesome and walked her around on his shoulder for a couple hours.
My 2nd dd could care less where her milk came from. She'd take boob, bottle, cup, whatever. She didn't get a bottle till about 2 months too. And very rarely got them, but never minded them.
If it's important to you that baby takes a bottle (i.e. you have to work and can't nurse, etc), I would start at about 4-6 weeks and give one every day or so. Even still, you aren't guaranteed that baby won't decide they hate it. I would also not buy a lot of one kind until you know how your baby likes it/does with it.