#2 due soon, Qs about introducing bottle
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|Sun, 04-25-2010 - 9:26am|
So my husband and I are expecting baby #2 sometime in the next few weeks. With my 18m old DD I went back to work FT at 6.5 weeks and DH was a SAHD. We were extremely lucky on how well working and pumping worked for us. There were a lot of things we didn't do they "right" way, but we got luck and it worked. I'm hoping the same thing will happen again, but want to be prepared for a rougher ride.
My biggest question is when to introduce the bottle. Last time around I produced like a champion dairy cow and had to pump to relieve the pain and engorgement right after birth. At our 3 day check up our pediatrician said that since we had the milk on hand we could try offering a bottle, so we did. I think DD was 4 or 5 days old when we offered the first bottle. We used to medela bottles and nipples since they were all we had around.
DD took to the bottle with no problem. Anyone could give her a bottle, DH, me, my parents, as long as it was milk she didn't care what the source was. She was a great nurser too and we didn't have any problems with breast feeding until MUCH later. (When I got pregnant again was vomiting so much that I was loosing weight insanely fast and couldn't maintain my supply).
I know we introduced the bottle too early last time. We got luck with an easy baby. I lot of women from my expecting club plan on waiting till 6-8 weeks old to introduce the bottle, but that seems late to me. I've heard so many nightmare stories about babies refusing to take the bottle at or after 6 weeks. I keep reading that you can introduce the bottle when breast feeding is "well established", but have yet to find a good definition of "well established". I'm thinking that I'd like to wait until this baby is a week or two old to try the bottle. Does that seem right?
This time I'll be home till last August, so I have plenty of time. I'm hoping I'll be an overproducer again, but this time I plan on running with it. Last time I tried like crazy to slow down production in those first few weeks. (Avoiding pumping for engorgement. Ice packs after every nursing/pumping session).
Any other suggestions on things I should do differently this time?