Originally Posted by Mahtob
Some babies will have to take a bottle, though it should be few, statistically, and if mom has normal supply, they should not have to take formula right away.
i would just like to point out that, for moms who plan to WOH at any point during their child's first year, taking a bottle might be very useful if not necessary.
i had to be away from DD for a few hours at a time, a couple times a week, starting at 3.5 months and we worked very hard from 2 weeks on to get me pumping regularly and her taking a bottle. it took several different bottle nipples, and a lot of experimenting with bottlenursing positions, but she did finally take a bottle--and if she had not, i don't know how i would've done my school stuff and made a living. she needed to nurse or get a bottle every 90 minutes for a long time, and i just couldn't work around that!
so to say, "statistically it's not likely they'll need a bottle"--this really only applies to SAHMs.
also, i think some people are overstating the risks of bottles. many, many babies take bottles and breastfeed and switch back and forth easily. that doesn't mean problems like nipple preference can't arise, but for many of us, they simply don't. and if you have no choice but to give bottles sometimes (i guess you could cup feed or finger feed, but i'm not sure how practical that would be at a daycare, for example), it doesn't much help to dwell on the potential disasters a bottle could cause. introduced at the right time, after nursing is well-established (which for us was 2 weeks--seriously), a bottle is probably going to be just fine with your baby and very helpful for you if you ever plan to need to be away for a few hours, or go back to work.
now back to your regularly scheduled thread!