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when to introduce bottle

To avoid nipple confusion. Im EBF my twins and would like to be able to leave the house at some point. Im not coordinated enough to feed in public...nor confident enough. Im wondering when its safe to intro a bottle for outtings?
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Re: when to introduce bottle

  • WELL....Everything I read said to wait until at least 4 weeks old to avoid nipple confusion. Pffft. I introduced almost immediately after he figured out BF - around 2-3 weeks old. He didn't like it, but he took it. We were especially worried about his bedtime feed because I work second shift and returned to work at 10 weeks post-partum. With bottles, we started with Dad giving one once every 1-2 days. Once LO got the hang of swapping between the breast and bottle, we made sure we gave him a bedtime bottle (instead of breast) a couple times per week. He got most angry about that one, but had it figured out by the time I started working again. Now there's no issues.

    Except yesterday - HA - I got home JUST as the baby-sitter finished warming up a bottle. I didn't want to waste the breastmilk, so I decided to feed him a bottle and then go pump. LO was like, "MOM! I'm ok if other people give this weak substitute for a boob, but you have the real thing. Why on EARTH would you torture me like this??" After a few minutes of being finicky, he finally gulped the thing down.
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  • Great thank you...they are 4 weeks on Monday and im starting to get a little stir crazy :)))))
    After three miscarriages and one ectopic pregnancy we are currently pursuing adoption. " Born not from our flesh, but born in our heart. You were longed for and wanted and loved from the start."
  • We started around 10 days old (early for some). He had a paci by then and neither caused any trouble for us. DH would give him a bottle during one of the night feeds while I pumped. He was not thrilled if I was the one giving him the bottle but he would take it. He stopped taking his paci at about 3 months but bottles were fine. 
  • To avoid nipple confusion. Im EBF my twins and would like to be able to leave the house at some point. Im not coordinated enough to feed in public...nor confident enough. Im wondering when its safe to intro a bottle for outtings?
    Well...the thing is that you need to pump when your babies are getting a bottle. Or as close to it as possible.  So while you can introduce a bottle whenever, (assuming you use paced bottle feeding and make it take a long time for baby to finish the bottle so they still have to work for the milk), it's rather tricky to actually pump in public, particularly while out with two babies.  I'd just plan on short (2hr or less) outings for now so you can pump right before you leave or when you come back.
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  • I introduced a bottle around 3-4 weeks.  I went back to work at 6 weeks postpartum so LO had to get the hang of taking a bottle.  For the most part I nursed and would do what Teresata858 recommended.  I would run my errands after LO nursed and I usually kept them to short trips (1-2 hours).  Once LO got into a schedule this was really easy to do.
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  • My LO's pediatrician told me yesterday at her 1 month appt to introduce a bottle now.  She said if we wait too long, she might refuse it.  But she also said to make sure someone else gives her the bottle.  Like the PP said, she might not take it from me and it might confuse her.
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  • We started at 3 days to help work out some jaundice. No confusion, but I also always had someone other than me give the bottles. That way dd knew that to get food from me, she had to nurse. I didn't have the bottle.
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