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Bottles and Pacifiers

My LO is just about 2 weeks old. I am on maternity leave for 12 weeks so I will be with him till the 1st/2nd week of June. I am breastfeeding and it is going well. But when I return to work he will be going to a daycare, and I will be pumping and he will get a bottle (w/ breastmilk). My LC told me in the hospital (if I remember correctly) not to start pumping till he is 3 weeks old. Pedi told me Monday not to wait to much longer to try a bottle with him because sometimes, if you wait to long, LO might refuse a bottle and only eat from breast. This would be a huge problem. So my question for breastfeeding moms heading back to work at some point,
1-When did you start pumping?

2-How often do you have DH give LO a bottle?

3-When is the best time to pump?


Also, LC told me not to give LO a pacifer for 1st 3 weeks so it doesn't mess with breastfeeding. I'm not sure if I am going to be using a pacifer yet. LO likes to suck on his hand once in a while but he's not too fussy, and he doesn't use my breast as a pacifer. BUT pedi said a habit of hand sucking is harder to break because you can't get rid of a hand but you could throw away a pacifer.

What are your thoughts on that theory??

And how old was your LO when you gave them a pacifer??

I know a lot of questions, but I'm a FTM and have no experience with this and want to make good choices..

TIA

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Re: Bottles and Pacifiers

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    I started pumping at two weeks. I'm a teacher and won't go back to work until August, I started so DH could help me feed at night.

    DS was given a bottle in the hospital. We also have him a pacifier at 2 weeks. He has never had an issue with

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