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When to start expressing? Feeding from bottle.

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Lane81 Tue 20-Nov-12 00:32:27

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ElphabaTheGreen Tue 20-Nov-12 07:46:31

BFing isn't really established for 4-6 weeks. Ideally you should wait for 6 weeks before trying to express and introduce a bottle so that you're getting the optimum stimulation from your baby to build your milk supply up to the level that she needs. She's also still so small that introducing a bottle now would create nipple confusion, which may put her off the breast altogether.

ZuleikaD Tue 20-Nov-12 09:02:43

With both we began at about 3w and they took to the bottle (one in the evening) fine. 5d might be a bit early.

Shesparkles Tue 20-Nov-12 09:05:59

Having done it with 2 babies , I would always very strongly advise to introduce a bottle to a BF baby ASAP.
From experience, 'nipple confusion' is another tem for 'expressing a preference'
The longer you wait, the harder it gets to introduce a bottle.
If it were me, I'd be introducing a bottle within threat few days

<awaits flaming>

Shesparkles Tue 20-Nov-12 09:07:22

That would be " the next few days "
I do feel strongly about this but wouldn't advocate threats! grin

readyforno2 Tue 20-Nov-12 09:10:26

Don't leave it as long as I did. 8 weeks and he refused the bottle completely. Now at 21 weeks he will still fight it and will only take a couple of ounces. A friend was told by her midwife if there were no problems to introduce a bottle in week 2 and there haven't been any 'nipple confusion' issues.

Lane81 Wed 21-Nov-12 05:49:07

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ZuleikaD Wed 21-Nov-12 06:05:10

You can get very good pumps on ebay.

whatsoever Wed 21-Nov-12 07:54:23

We introduced at 10 days and now at 5 weeks DS still isn't 100%happy despite a bottle almost every day, thigh he does take at least some of the bottle each time. We swapped from medela calma bottles and teats yesterday to ordinary Avent ones and are hoping that will help. We used the medela ones as they were recommended by a feeding specialist in hospital so they may have helped us avoid nipple confusion, who knows?.

I think the official wait 6 weeks advice is plain wrong. Everyone I know who has followed it had ended up with a bottle refuser.

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