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Is it difficult for others to feed a breastfed baby?

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Ihatechoosingausername Mon 03-Nov-14 00:17:53

Hi my baby's due in 11 days and I have a question about breastfeeding.

Say I wanted to meet up with friends some time after she was born. How would she be fed best by someone else? (Cup? Bottle?) Would it be difficult/traumatic for her? How should I approach this?

TeenageMutantNinjaTurtle Mon 03-Nov-14 00:21:46

It largely depends on the baby. Mine absolutely will not take a bottle despite me buying every available brand on the market. So I can't leave her for more than an hour or two during the day. That said, she goes to bed at 7pm and sleeps until midnight/1am so I can go out in the evenings. She's 4 months old.

Other babies are happy to switch between bottle and boob. Other babies cluster feed in the evenings and need their mums.

Josie314 Mon 03-Nov-14 00:57:48

It does depend. With both of mine, they were happy to take a bottle from someone else as long as I wasn't there. If I was there, they would cry for me.

Squtternutbaush Mon 03-Nov-14 01:10:20

Depends on the child but in my experience of about 20 babies from breastfeeding group only about 4 would accept happily. Some would only take if mum was/wasn't there, some would only take from a spoon/syringe/cup/bottle but mostly they refused anything but breast.

My DD took a bottle every now and again to give me a break but I had to leave the house, once she hit 8 weeks she refused point blank to take anything.

Mamab33 Mon 03-Nov-14 01:50:49

How soon should you introduce a bottle if you plan to express?

PragmaticWench Mon 03-Nov-14 02:04:52

I think the Kelly Mom website advises introducing a bottle around 6 weeks old?

Squtternutbaush Mon 03-Nov-14 02:08:12

Again it depends on the child, generally they say not before 6 weeks as it can cause nipple confusion which could hinder breastfeeding especially if its a regular thing but many people do so before this and manage fine.

Others introduce it earlier (myself included), in fact DD had a bottle at 6 days as I had to register her and was too nervous to breastfeed outside without issue but she did refuse after 8 weeks anyway so it made no difference.

Cavort Mon 03-Nov-14 02:15:22

I started expressing and my DD took it from a bottle from 3 weeks without any problems.

britishbakeoffblues Mon 03-Nov-14 03:14:49

My son was BF. Flatly refused bottles until 3 months old. Finally got him to take Dr Browns bottles at 3 months but he much preferred boobs!!

Imeg Mon 03-Nov-14 07:30:11

I found my friends all wanted to see the baby more than me anyway...

Heatherbell1978 Mon 03-Nov-14 09:23:30

DS1 is 10 weeks and we started giving him a bottle at 3 wks. It's taken a long time to get him comfortable with it, I've been through every bottle, every teat, timed at different times of the day and only now is he taking a bottle from DH at night. You have to persevere with it unless you're lucky enough to have a baby who takes it first time. My baby will take it from me though.

Pointlessfan Mon 03-Nov-14 09:28:20

We introduced a bottle at 4 weeks which is earlier than all the advice but I'm glad we did as she happily takes a bottle now meaning DH can do one feed each day while I have a rest and I can go out without worrying. We've always used expressed milk but she has had the occasional bottle of formula lately (she's 7 months) and she's been fine.

Littlef00t Mon 03-Nov-14 09:30:54

Dd took to a bottle quite happily at 6 weeks and even though was v rarely used has no trouble swapping between breast and bottle. So it's not an issue for all babies.

It does take her aaages to take a bottle compared to bf though as she's not used to the technique.

Zipitydooda Mon 03-Nov-14 09:32:30

I'd also recommend ignoring people who say don't give a bottle before 6 weeks because of 'nipple confusion'

Friends of mine who listened to this advice ended up with babies who wouldn't take a bottle at all whereas mine would happily drink from whatever was put in their mouth whether that was my nipple or a bottle and whether it was breast milk or formula. I started giving one expressed feed from a bottle each evening from around 3 weeks. My DH would do it at about 11pm which meant I could catch up on much needed sleep between feeds.

DixieNormas Mon 03-Nov-14 09:33:19

Ds4 took a bottle from a couple of days old but started refusing from about 10 weeks

hollie84 Mon 03-Nov-14 17:20:54

DS1 took a bottle from 4 weeks and DS2 from 8 weeks with no issues.

squizita Tue 04-Nov-14 09:40:49

I started to try bottles with expressed milk at 4 weeks. The important thing is baby will have to learn (so do it after they're ok with the breast a few weeks) and to try different bottles.
Mine rejected Avent, but loves Lansinoh. Another friend has a baby who only takes 89p Tesco cheap bottles! Others only take a cup.

Also expressing may not come naturally at 1st. 1st go, it took me an hour and a half to get 2 oz (a small meal for baby). Now I can squeeze that out by hand in 15 min!

Pointlessfan Tue 04-Nov-14 21:31:23

It helps if you always express at the same time each day so your body gets used to it.

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