So, my LO is 5 weeks old, and EBF. At one month, we introduced a bottle, just to see if she would take it, and she did, no problem. It really helped alleviate things for me, my husband can take a night feeding so I can sleep, or I can run to the store and not worry about packing the baby all up, or even give her a bottle myself if I'm in a situation where nursing is less than convenient, etc. I did a lot of research on the best way to introduce the bottle, the best way to pump to make sure my supply stays up, signs of nipple confusion to watch for, etc. I felt great about my decision and how things were going.
Until a friend told me that bottle feeding "so early" is a "slippery slope", and that bottle feeding for EBF babies is only for other people to feed her, not mom. That pumping and bottle feeding is going to make my supply drop (she insinuated that doing this will lead to formula feeding), and also suggested that she will likely suffer from nipple confusion.
Now I'm feeling very unconfident and stressed about my decision. This is all coming from a certified doula and an LLL leader-in-training, otherwise, I'd probably not give it a second thought.
Thoughts? Personal experience? I have other friends that have introduced a bottle at a month, and it was perfectly fine, but now I'm seriously second-guessing myself.