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Hi there......with DD #1, I pretty much exclusively nursed. I pumped and used my milk to add to her cereal and we tried a bottle from daddy or a grandparent now and then but not very consistently. For that reason (I assume) I can count on one hand the number of times she had a bottle.<br><br>
With baby #2 I think I'd like the bottle of expressed milk to be a more regular occurence, though by no means, frequent. I think since I'll have a toddler this time around (DD will be 3), there will be times she'll want to 'help' hold the bottle and I just anticipate times I may need DH or a relative to feed the baby so I can be with DD#1.<br><br>
I am wondering what you all would recommend for frequency......once a day? twice a week? Like I said I don't want it to be frequent. Definately not more than once a day. Should it always be at the same time of day if it is daily? I am thinking maybe DH could give the baby a bottle before bed which would enable me to put DD to sleep. But would it be too inconsistent then if I nursed the next night and he put DD to sleep?<br><br>
On that note, which feeding of the day would be best?? I am a little leary of having the bottle be the bedtime one, cause I just don't want to have to deal with weaning from the night bottle eventually. KWIM? My experience tells me it is just going to be easier to nurse, which is how it was with #1, but if I can do this, it may be nice to have a little me or me/daughter time too, so I'm lookiing for what worked for others.
 

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i am sorry no one has piped up. i have no experience with bottle feeding, as ds refused to take them.<br><br>
my thoughts on the subject would to just go with the flow. i think it is way less stressful then trying to plan how many per week, what times, etc. if you want to be consistant with what feeding, i guess let dh decide since he will be the one giving the bottle.<br><br>
maybe someone else has some actual experience with this!<br><br>
kris<br>
owen, 12 months
 

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My worry doing that would be that it wouldn't really save you any time as you would need to pump when someone else was giving the bottle anyway to keep you from being engorged and getting plugged ducts and to keep up your supply.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: but, since I'm in school I pump a bottle at night then just pump once during the day (he gets 2 bottles while I'm away) so it isn't like it's imperative to pump exactly at the same time you would be nursing I suppose which allows you some freedom. It just depends on your situation as far as when to give a bottle of EBM or how often. I personally wouldn't want it to be the before bed feeding because I feel like that is just a special mama and baby time. I always liked leaving a bottle of EBM for my mom to give ds during the day so I could get out of the house and do something by myself (before I went to school). just experiment and see how things go and what works for you.
 

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We're giving our babe 1-2 bottles a week. What I do is pump a couple of times a week and then I go out as I want to (breakfast with friends, a trip to the fabric store, etc) and daddy stays with her and feeds her if she wants it for the 2-3 hours I'm gone. This is in anticipation of me going back to work 2 days a week in January, and daddy being home with her those days. I couldn't say anything about which feeding is best because my nursling doesn't have regular feedings...<br><br>
I'm not sure how good/bad how I do it is for supply; I pretty much always nurse her as soon as I get home anyhow. And my supply isn't remotely delicate; I have PLENTY of milk.<br><br>
Julia
 
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