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I've got a ton of questions, sorry!<br><br>
OK, so I go back to work in two weeks and my daughter is just now 3 months old. I'm able to bring her into work 3 days a week with me but I'll probably leave her with my mom twice a week. Luckily, they are only six hour shifts so it's not like a full day (either 7-12 or 12-6).<br><br>
I'm getting nervous because when we have tried to get her used to a bottle part time, she won't take it. I'm not in the room at the time (so that she can't smell me) but she just gets incredibly fussy with any attempt. While I"m secretly beaming that she loves breastfeeding so much, I'm becoming very aware of the fact that she will be without me for hours at a time in just two weeks and she'll need to eat.<br><br>
So, here are my questions:<br><br>
1. Is there a bottle that best simulates breastfeeding?<br><br>
2. How far in advance should I be pumping in order to make sure that she has enough?<br><br>
3. When she does breast feed now, I can't imagine pumping enough for the next day regardless. I've tried pumping and there is very little that comes out. And by the time I"m full enough to pump some milk, she's hungry so I feed her instead (back to square one....)<br><br>
4. Are there any secrets to get her to take a bottle that we're just not aware of yet?<br><br>
5. She won't take a pacifier either. I never wanted her to be dependant on one but I think that she sometimes uses my nipples as pacifiers and she's not really eating (case in point, she will look at me with sparkly eyes and smile/laugh while semi-sucking on my nipple). So, I think if I could use a pacifier it would make the transition easier and she might not be as needy when it comes to me on a daily basis. Any recs on introducing a pacifier?<br><br>
6. Kind of a continuation of question #5, she is really needy with me. I've been at home with her since day one and therefore I know her best and she is most comfortable with me. My husband, grandparents, aunts/uncles can't seem to calm her down when she's really upset but as soon as she's in my arms, she's okay. Again, I'm flattered but it does get a little overwhelming and frustrating...any advice would be greatly appreciated!<br><br><br>
Thanks! Sorry for so many questions!
 

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It willl get easier! I could never pump when I was with my baby but when you are apart your milk will flow. Try different bottles and nipples. Some babies just have a preference for one over another. My babies all liked the playtex nursers with the drop in liners. Sometimes babies will take the bottle from the provider even when they won't take it from someone in the family. Most breastfed babies do fine without pacifiers. They tend to make up for their sucking needs later and at night.<br><br>
My baby is calling, I have to run! I'm sure others will be along to help!
 

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Only have a quick sec, but we had the same problem with my first DD when I went back to work. You might try a sippy cup without the valve, and with a rubber tip. The milk will dribble out, and she won't have to simulate nursing-style sucking. After my first figured out that she could get the good stuff from the cup, we had no problems <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Smart little babies, they know impostors when they see them!
 
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