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Old 04-30-2014, 02:39 PM   #1
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Help me start pumping and introduce a bottle

I know I need to, but I'm procrastinating because it seems intimidating. I go back to work 1 day a week in 5 weeks so I know I need to get started. When is the best time to pump and when is the best time to try the bottle with her?

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Old 04-30-2014, 04:11 PM   #2
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How old is your lo? 5 weeks is plenty of time, and you don't want to introduce too early to avoid nipple confusion. 4-6 weeks is generally a good time. Pumping in the morning is good because you will produce more. Introducing the bottle in a low key manner when baby is well rested and not hungry is also recommended, so its less frustrating for both of you.
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I would say earlier better as I waited & my boy wouldnt take bottle
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Re: Help me start pumping and introduce a bottle

I started around 1 more before I had to go back to work. LO was 2 months old by then. It was difficult at first but we found MAM nipples to work.

I pumped 3x a day: 9.45am, 12.30pm, and 4.30pm. I also got this pumping bra from simple wishes and it helps make pumping more efficient.
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Re: Help me start pumping and introduce a bottle

Start with pumping one side while feeding baby from the other.

Get yourself a great hands free pumping bra.
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:52 PM   #6
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Re: Help me start pumping and introduce a bottle

I'd start sooner than later. I've never experienced nipple confusion actually happening but what very likely will happen is your baby refusing the bottle because boobs are much better.
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Re: Help me start pumping and introduce a bottle

Regarding nipple confusion, I have been giving DD3 bottles and breast from day one. My nipples get sore for the first few weeks of BFing so I decided that I'd rather keep my sanity and give her a few bottles a day and pump to keep my nipples from bleeding.
She is 13 days old and I have 60oz of pumped milk in my freezer. She has 2-3 bottles a day and at this point I'm putting out 6-8oz per pumping session. I bought some brewers yeast tablets at wal-mart and started taking them 3x a day when I came home from the hospital. I think it has really helped. I scored and got two big bottles for under $3 each because they were on clearence.
The 60oz is extra milk that is not for her. I have around 12 oz that I've pumped in the last 2 days that is just for her bottle feedings. The 60oz is going toward a donation. Once I get 100oz+ I'll donate it.
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Re: Help me start pumping and introduce a bottle

You may have better luck introducing a bottle if someone else does those feelings, such as DH.
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Re: Help me start pumping and introduce a bottle

What bottles do you suggest to help transfer nipple to bottle without issues


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What bottles do you suggest to help transfer nipple to bottle without issues
I use Avent bottles personally. They come in plastic and glass. The glass is a bit pricey though.
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