Post # 1
I don’t plan to formula feed unless necessary but at this point I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s unavoidable to not have overnight guests and lots of visitors those first few weeks. So I’m trying to make plans on how to make it go as smooth as possible.
One thing I hope to do is to express milk sometimes on my own schedule and then just have someone else give the baby the bottle of breastmilk if it wants it when I’m busy. From what I’ve read it seems best to not introduce the bottle until the baby is comfortable breast feeding.
But I was wondering if anyone else tried to alternate between breast and bottle?
Post # 3
My sister does this with her 2 month old. There doesn’t seem to be any problem. I’ve fed him from the bottle and he’s happy, and she breastfeeds and he’s happy. =)
Post # 4
We’ll end up having to do that once baby enters daycare at 6 weeks. I’ll pump at work and at home as well as BF at home.
Post # 5
From what I can gather some babies are more prone to nipple confusion than others… my midwife suggested waiting until 3-4 weeks to introduce the bottle for that reason. If you do give the baby a bottle before then and he/she ends up liking it more, but you want to get him or her back on the boob, I heard using a nipple shield works wonders!
Post # 6
I plan to start using a bottle with pumped BM after a few weeks at home so we are ready for my return to work.
A friend did it since her supply wasn’t high enough to breastfeed full time, and she said it was fine. She was supplementing with formula in the first week, and her baby had no problems going back and forth until she returned to work and changed to formula full time.
Post # 7
I started bottle feeding MB when she was 5 days old. I was having BFing issues, but I didn’t want to feed her formula. She never had “nipple confusion.” I’m not honestly sure if that’s real. She got bottles days 5-7 then I saw an amazing LC who taught me how to latch. Once I got the hang of it, we kept bottle feeding her to keep her used to it. Anytime we were out in public, I bottle fed her mostly. And when DH took care of her while I was at work, obviously he had to bottle feed her. So if that’s what you want to do, I say go for it!
Also, I loved to pump down all the excess milk I was making in that first month. I had LOTS. I kept it all in the freezer. It TOTALLY comes in handy to have lots of extra milk around, so if you’re going bottle/breast (b/b) I’d definitely recommend stocking up a little so that you don’t have to pump fresh for someone else to feed. That gets awkward.
Post # 8
I am breastfeeding. I got really sick and had to go in the hospital for a couple of days when my son was 10 days old. We had to figure out how to bottle feed (and pump) on the fly while I had a 104 fever! After that, we gave him bottles now and then until I went back to work. He did just fine, and now goes back and forth seamlessly. He gets bottles of pumped milk each day and I get to breastfeed him when I get home. I LOVE it. I am super-pro breastfeeding, and am so glad that I was able to continue. If formula supplementing makes it possible for you to keep it up – go for it!
Post # 9
I breastfed and bottlefed both of my children. I started going back and forth with my son when he was a month old, and then whenever I wasn’t around my SO would just give him a bottle. It also helped when we were out for dinner, etc. But when I was at home I breastfed him. My daughter never had a bottle until she was 3 months old, I pumped alot in those first three months. But be warned, if you are giving your baby 1-2 bottles a day your milk supply will decrease. Once your milk supply is established, you will make as much as your child is eating. With my daughter I had to switch over to bottles when she was 9months old because my supply had diminished so much, and I had planned on breastfeeding for at least a year.