Reply Hey Mom! Learn more about the Gerber Life Insurance Grow-Up Plan!
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-11-2011, 07:39 PM   #1
Laina83's Avatar
Laina83
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 194
My Mood:
When to start bottle feeding

Hello everyone!
My dd is 5 weeks old now and ebf. I've been pumping to get a freezer stash of milk established. I'm on maternity leave until September and I'd like her to be a pro with the bottle by then in preparation for daycare. When should we start getting her used to bottle feeding? I'd like to have her comfortable with bottles before vacation (about a month off?). I'm so nervous about nipple confusion! Also what are good strategies? She absolutely will not take a pacifier so this could be a challenge! Thanks!

Advertisement

Laina83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2011, 07:51 PM   #2
aept's Avatar
aept
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: upstate NY
Posts: 1,598
My Mood:
Re: When to start bottle feeding

Within the next week, I think. Her latch should be well established. I doubt she will prefer the bottle over you. Start with freshly pumped milk and try to have someone else feed her. Have them tease her mouth so she opens to accept the bottle- don't just try to force it in there. Have a drop or two of milk on the bottle nipple so she gets a taste right away. Good luck!
__________________
Ann, Mommy to 3 beautiful, boisterous boys:
Liam - 6 1/2, Emmett - 4, almost 5
and Callan - 22 months
aept is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2011, 08:08 PM   #3
Chessie's Avatar
Chessie
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 1,126
Re: When to start bottle feeding

My daughter wouldn't ever take the bottle from me or from someone else if I was in the room. You might let Daddy try for the first bottle.
I think if your baby is doing well nursing now nipple confusion is unlikely. I know I had nurses in the hospital tell me they thought it was a myth.
__________________
Mama to Ledion Jan 11, 2009 Sofiola August 7,2010
.
Chessie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2011, 08:19 AM   #4
tuhraycee
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 313
My Mood:
I had dh give a bottle to ds at one month old and a few random times afterward. She started daycare at 3 months and did well with the bottle after the first day!
__________________

WOHM to a 7-year old boy and a Nov. 2010 baby girl!


ISO: large Thirsties FF, medium or large FB
tuhraycee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2011, 09:22 AM   #5
proudmama4
Registered Users
Formerly: jke**y
seller
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 1,115
My Mood:
Re: When to start bottle feeding

Now is a perfect time to start a bottle every now and then. It's also a great way for Dad to bond. I started all three on the bottle at 4 weeks, no nipple confusion with any of them. DS1 got a bottle when at grandparents, or when I was away from the house and Dad was watching him. My twins have gotten MAYBE a bottle a week. I just don't have the time to pump w/ the twins, so they get a bottle less, but they are able to take it, because I made sure and introduced it early (but not before breastfeeding was going strong.)

So, as long as your LO is breastfeeding well, I would say let your DH give a bottle soon.
__________________
proudmama4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2011, 10:31 AM   #6
CEVmommy's Avatar
CEVmommy
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Central NC
Posts: 1,637
Re: When to start bottle feeding

I agree with the others. I'd say around 4-6 weeks is a good time to introduce a bottle, assuming that breastfeeding is going well and you feel she has a good latch. You don't need to do a full feeding with the bottle, just enough for some practice. What I did was pump about 1-2 oz maybe, and have my husband feed it to her in the evening (which is when she liked to cluster feed and I might need a little break). We did this 2-3 times per week, just to keep her used to the bottle before starting daycare. Once she started daycare, we never did bottles at home anymore. For avoiding nipple confusion (nipple preference might be more of an issue at this age), I would keep the quantity in the bottles small, keep the flow of the nipple as slow as possible, and have all bottles come from someone other than mommy.
__________________
-Alicia, mommy to
Munchkin (5/19/06) and Sweets (4/25/09)
CEVmommy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2011, 01:58 PM   #7
Laina83's Avatar
Laina83
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 194
My Mood:
Thanks everyone! Dh tried giving her the bottle last night, she wasn't thrilled but it wasn't too bad. She's been nursing like a champ since. So far so good!
Laina83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Copyright 2005 - 2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.