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Ds1 was given glucose water in the hospital (long story, but we were 1st time parents, and he was a big baby, we had to keep his blood sugar up in order to be abke ti continue rooming in), and I really feel like the early experience with a bottle interfered with his latch and gave us some annoying problems (which we thankfully overcame). Ds2 is 4 weeks old, has a superb latch, great weight gain, I have a great supply, and I don't want to mess anything up.<br><br>
I'm curious to hear what people here think is the best time to introduce a bottle (he's not going to use one much, but hey, occasionally, it comes in handy). Any tips on doing it "right"?<br><br>
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IME, between 4-6 weeks is the ideal time as long as there is no latch problem or other problem going on. After 6 weeks it can be hard. I had to go back to work teaching with my first two at 6 weeks pp each time, and we introduced the bottle of ebm at 4 weeks. Dh gave them a bottle maybe twice a week until I went back. After that, we really never did bottles ourselves--only for childcare and on the rare occasion that we went out. With #3, we started out the same way, with the first pumped bottle at 4 weeks, but we really never needed to leave her since the kids were then coming to work with me here, so we just let the bottle thing go and it was never a big deal at all.
 

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Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months. That means no bottles of expressed milk, formula, or water. Breastfed babies never need to have bottles and many won't take one. To 'do it right' would be to avoid bottles and pacifiers. Breastfeed exclusively the first 6 months and continue breastfeeding with appropriate solids for the first 2 years or longer.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> Forever, maybe all the moms of your acquaintance have the luxury of being SAHMs, but that's not true for everyone here. Exclusive breastfeeding doesn't have to mean from the breast. Plenty of moms here have fed their babies nothing but breastmilk for a year and beyond, working full time. Plenty of moms here have had to exclusively pump for their babies. Plenty of moms here (myself included) have had enormous problems breastfeeding and had to use supplements for insufficient supply, latching problems, and many others.<br><br>
I don't think your advice is realistic for many, many moms, and IMO it's way more important that baby get breastmilk than that it come directly from a breast in all circumstances.
 
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