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#1 of 38 Old 12-27-2008, 02:47 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm pg with my second baby. With ds, I had bottles and a hand pump for "just in case." We did actually use the bottle a time or two (I had to be gone for a couple hours- shouldn't happen this time), but ds hated it.

Are there people here who didn't buy bottles at all, when planning on exclusively bf'ing? Or is it a good idea to have a bottle around, just in case?

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i got a breast pump and the one bottle that came with it with DD2. i never used the bottle or the milk i expressed.
i wont even bother buying a new breastpump, or if i do i wont get bottles. if in the case of an emergancy DH can use a cup or a oral syringe to feed baby untill such time as i am able to feed again or he can get to a shop to buy a bottle.
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I had a hand pump and the two bottles it came with when DS was born. Never opened it and returned it when he was a few months old. When DD was born we had no bottles in the house.

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I bought bottles at the 7 month mark, when I started wanting to be out a little longer. He wouldn't take them until 12 months when I went back to work pt.

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No bottles and no pump here. I've hand expressed, and DH has spoon/ syringe / cup fed DD a handful of times.
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I didnt. and then ended up needing them because of weight gain issues. but he fights them and thankfully only needs an OZ or two at night of pumped milk from them.
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Just the bottles that came with the pump. Never used them.

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I didn't buy any bottles ahead of time. I ended up getting 2 with the manual pump I bought at 3am at a 24-hour pharmacy. The pump has been handy to have to deal with engorgement when DD sleeps a long time...but she won't take a bottle.
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I made sure to not have any "just in case" formula in the house, but I don't have anything against bottle-feeding breastmilk, so no, it didn't occur to me to make a point to not have those. We introduced bottles of EBM around 6 weeks, and DD takes both (breast and bottle) great, and I enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that if an appointment takes longer than planned, DD will be fed and happy at home with DH.

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I had a pump from my oldest son. I never bought a single bottle for my second. My parents tried to give him one time and it was the ultimate insult. He's never taken a bottle.
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I have breastfed four kiddos. I never once purchased a bottle for any of them. I did own a pump and it was useful for cup feeding, but I never, not once, needed a bottle.

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I used them for the 2 weeks that I had to go back to work so that I didn't have to pay back my maternity leave. I might have used a total of 5 bottles in a year after I quit my job. DD hated them.

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Our 9 month old has never had a bottle. I am a SAHM and never have to leave him for an extended amount of time. He is just now getting used to sipping water out of a Nuby straw cup. I have pumped a few times due to engorgment, so I do think a pump of some kind can be handy. I figure the milk can be used in a cup or mixed in solids. Congrats on your new baby
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I got a breast pump with #1 and used it quite a bit but really just to relieve pressure - I had a major oversupply problem. I felt funny throwing the excess breastmilk out, so I held onto it in bottles until it went bad, and then I threw it out. I have learned about someplace where I can donate my excess milk so I imagine I'll do that this time. I don't know how they like it packaged but I'll find out. I do have another breast pump and I will probably need it to relieve pressure again.

We tried the bottles with our dd but she wouldn't take them. It was too much of a pain to deal with anyway, what with my breasts there all the time. If I were working I'm sure we would have figured out a way to get the bottle thing going, but it wasn't a priority with me at home.
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I got bottles for DD JIC and it sabotaged bfing for me. I relied on them and the pump when latching was too hard. This time I will not buy any.. I will donate any we get as gifts
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I never have with any (3) of mine...but we don't leave our babies ever, either...

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No bottles here.

Ds2 got expressed milk in a bottle on Sundays but the pumping wasn't worth while and I just took ds3 to the nursery the next time around.

I remember with my first, for some reason the subject of bottles came up with some neighbor kids and one little girl asked "Well, if he doesn't have a bottle, how does he eat?". I wasn't sure quite how to explain that, since her mom wasn't there. Can't remember exactly what I said
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I've never used a bottle with either of mine! My three year old wouldn't take one and we didn't even bother trying with my one year old.

I have, however, pumped and donated with each of my LO's, so I of course used bottles to pump into...although come to think of it I mostly pumped into breastmilk storage baggie-thingys.

If you find that you desperately need one, you can always just run to the store. Or start cup-drinking a little early.
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No bottles and no pump here. I have to admit that sometimes the "what ifs" stressed me out a little, but that is just my nature. It obviously didn't worry me enough to go out and buy a pump and bottles . I also had major oversupply issues and hand expressed the milk.
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Yes, of course. I went back to my job part-time, and ds and dd took bottles from the caregiver. I might add, they had NO difficulty switching between bottle and breast.
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I made sure to not have any "just in case" formula in the house, but I don't have anything against bottle-feeding breastmilk, so no, it didn't occur to me to make a point to not have those.
Oh, I'm not opposed to having them. lol. I just wondered if it was something I should plan on getting or not (I'm an obsessive planner- I already have the carseat picked out and I'm not due until the end of June. hehehe). Then if I were to get some, I'd probably have to research which were the best and etc etc etc.

I HATED the hand pump. I did much better hand expressing some when I was engorged.

Ok, cool. I think I'll not worry about buying any (but accept them if they're given), and just go with the flow Thanks all!

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I made sure to not have any "just in case" formula in the house, but I don't have anything against bottle-feeding breastmilk, so no, it didn't occur to me to make a point to not have those. We introduced bottles of EBM around 6 weeks, and DD takes both (breast and bottle) great, and I enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that if an appointment takes longer than planned, DD will be fed and happy at home with DH.

Ditto this!

I also had a child who refused to latch for the first 6 weeks of his life, so I was a pumping machine until we coaxed him to the breast. While working with many LCs, I had to give him the breast milk with the bottle (he even refused to latch with a SNS, stubborn little dude!). But, we did it and he nursed until he was 14.5 months old and self weaned on me.

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FWIW we've never had bottles either

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No bottles here. My pump came with one, but DD will not take it. Luckily, I have there have not been many situations where my my children have needed a bottle.

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No bottles here.

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With my first I bought bottles and a breastpump because I had to go back to work at 6 weeks pp
With my second I didn't and after a NICU stay she started to refuse the breast. I ended up having to go get bottles and formula just in case. Funny thing is on the way home I was desperate (I didn't have any milk expressed and I didn't want to give her formula) so I tried latching her on and she fed without any problems. I ended up giving away the bottles and formula without using either.

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a bough a pump so yeah I guess I got a bottle
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Didn't have any work planned, so didn't get a thing. Never needed them.

I never bought the "just in case" argument -- it's not like bottles are this supersecret specialty item not found in stores. If you end up needing one, somebody can run out to the Walgreens, yk?
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Nope, no bottles and no pump. Hand expression works for me to relieve any engorgement (I have OAL too).

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The only bottles I had were the ones that came with the pumps.

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