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Hello all,<br><br>
I just found out I am pregnant and have a couple questions for when the baby is born. I know the basics of breastfeeding, but when it comes to things like when I can introduce a bottle, etc I wonder what my options are.<br><br>
I was thinking of taking a month-1.5 months off completely and just bonding with baby, establishing a good nursing relationship, taking it easy. dp and I cannot afford at the moment for me not to work at all. I planned to take this time off and then work a few nights (2-5hrs) a weeks, and start working weekends after 2-2.5 months as well as a few nights a week.<br><br>
I wanted to know when it is okay to begin introducing a bottle without nipple confusion being an issue. Also, what bottles & pumps are good for pumping while I am away.
 

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i let my husband give our baby a bottle of bm when she was about 1.5-2 months old....she still loved her boobies and still 2 months later will take the bottle but comes right back to mommy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> just make sure you find a nipple that is very slow - we use the breast flow bottles.
 

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The eariliest I would be comfy introducing a bottle is 6 weeks. I think some do ok with giving one at 4 weeks but I personally would be scared to do that.
 

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I introduced at 4 weeks............................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. ............................... and dd refused the bottle. Here we are at 4 months.....and she still won't take it. And I work full time.... so she does a lot of sleeping during the day when I am gone. It's not too bad - I just don't have a dd who is going to sleep through the night anytime soon. And I'm fine with that (btw - I am gone from 7 a to 4p so....9 hours)<br><br>
I say, if all is going well, introduce at 4 weeks, if not then wait. You'll know what's right for you.<br><br>
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If all is going well then 4 to 6 weeks is the suggested time so maybe go with the 4 weeks. Go with a slow flow nipple and stay with that even as the baby grows. You may find that if you nurse before you leave and are gone for 2 or 3 hours the baby may just hold out and wait for you or just take a small amount to get by until you get back. Then just be ready to sit and cuddle and nurse when you get home for a bit. So when you are pumping and storing I would suggest doing it in small amounts like 2 ounces so if it is frozen it is easier to thaw or even if it is just in the refrig you will waste less if the baby decides not to take the whole bottle.
 

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My lactation consultant told me to try the bottle when she was between two and three weeks old. The key, for us, has been to give her one bottle every day, so that she doesn't forget how to drink from it. She won't take a bottle from me, but happily accepts one from her dad. There hasn't been any nipple confusion, and I'm significantly better rested with my husband giving her a bottle of EBM before he goes to bed.
 

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you're going to get a lot of different perspectives on this issue.<br><br>
for us, since DD will absolutely have to take a bottle in the fall for me to go back to school (i'm a grad student), we introduced early--12 days old. also because we knew she was doing great with BF, we were not concerned about nipple confusion. she has only gotten two bottles so far and never from me. i think we're going to try a diff. brand. we have been using the medela, but i have some dr. brown's and avent i want to try. i am not impressed with the medela ones.<br><br>
basically, my mom didn't introduce a bottle until i was 4 weeks, and it was too late. i would never take it. the same thing happened with DH--he would never take a bottle and was EBF for 2 years. this worked because our moms were SAH. and because DD was so precocious with feeding, i feared she might get too savvy to take a bottle, too--<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
so i decided to introduce very early. the LC said she thought it'd be fine. i would say wait till your baby is born to see what kind of nurser he/she is. the decision will be easier once you see how your supply is, how latch is, how your recovery is, etc.
 

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This is very important! If you are having any problems even sore nipps I would wait no matter how long it takes to get things cleared up and your babe to be a BFing champ. Nipple Preference is very real and very hard to over come in some babes so don't take it lightly. As for the age to introduce it seems generally acceptable for it to be between 4-6wks but severely dependent upon how problem free your BFing relationship is.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
Also once you do introduce the bottle pay very close attention to your babes latch/temperament at the breast. If he begins fussing or the latch feels even a bit different (not necessarily uncomfortable) then you may have a babe who is easily influenced by nipple substitutes and you will have to carefully proceed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I would also never be the one to give the bottle and I would not even be in the room so that your babe know bottles are only for when the real thing is unavailable. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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