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December 26th, 2012, 08:09 AM
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So I want to Breastfeed but also pump so others can feed her i am just worried about nipple confusion has anyone had this issue that breast fed and used a bottle??
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December 26th, 2012, 08:11 AM
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I've never had that issue. However, I have never fed mine a bottle. That can be part of where the nipple confusion comes in. Also, I would not wait until the recommended 6 weeks to start offering a bottle. I would do it at 2-3 weeks, maybe only 1-2 times per week. It was always my husband or a different family member who fed the baby, and I would leave the room entirely and usually go pump during that time.
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December 26th, 2012, 08:26 AM
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what about pacifiers ? do newborns need them or are they pretty easy to calm down ?
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December 26th, 2012, 09:23 AM
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It really depends on the baby. I have only had 1 baby take a pacifier, and she never HAD to have it. It was more of a calming thing when it was bedtime, not on a regular basis. I had one who took her thumb when she was old enough, and the other 2 never really used anything.
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December 26th, 2012, 11:02 AM
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I never had a problem with it. We introduced a bottle pretty early, I think, because I was having a lot of trouble breastfeeding and I had to supplement to make sure he was getting enough. Eventually, we got the hang of it and he didn't ever need a bottle anymore. But we never had trouble going back and forth when we needed to. He never liked pacifiers. It really depends on the baby. I've only breastfed one baby and it was 6 years ago, so I'm no expert. But I do know it wasn't a problem for us.
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December 26th, 2012, 11:52 AM
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My son never had a problem taking an occasional bottle when I was away from him. My daughter never took a bottle except for the very first one she ever got. I introduced a bottle earlier with her than my son but she just wouldn't take them, she would scream, we tried several kinds. I didn't work so it wasn't the end of the world it just meant I didn't get away much or for long. My son was a pacifier baby he LOVED his and wanted it my daughter never cared for them and wouldn't take one.
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December 26th, 2012, 03:12 PM
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If you want a pacifier try several kinds lots of babies will be very picky about the pacifiers. And when you find the one... buy lots of them.
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December 26th, 2012, 03:45 PM
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We had no issues with any nipple confusion. We used both pacifiers and bottles pretty early, and James still nursed like a champ until I dried up (due to drop in supply from not pumping enough I believer) at 7ish months. I'm not convinced nipple confusion is real! I mean, I'm sure some kids have issues, but James did not care- he could suck like a champ regardless of what it was he was working on.
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December 26th, 2012, 04:28 PM
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I think it all depends on what u read I would say if she gets a good lacth and you are not having problems let her have them same w bottles if u notice her not wanting to nurce stop all bottles and just bf It is allot harder to get milk from breast feeding that's y baby's tend to like bottles more so I think play it by ear and let your mommy instincs tell u what's best
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December 26th, 2012, 04:56 PM
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We never had problems with it. I ended up in the ER a few days after birth, and DH had to give her bottles. She never had any issue with confusion. She also had pacis early on. And we breast fed 29 months. I think it totally just depends on the baby.
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December 26th, 2012, 07:30 PM
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It wasnt a problem for us either. My sister's wedding was a week after my daughter was born & she stayed with my MIL while I was gone. I think we practiced once that week with a bottle prior to that. I don't remember using bottles again until she was 2 months & I had to go back to work. Like someone else mentioned, it was never me giving her the bottle, so maybe that helped.
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December 27th, 2012, 05:09 AM
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Like everyone else said, we had no problems either. If DS was hungry he would eat. It didn't matter if it was pumped and in a bottle or from the breast. I stopped breastfeeding him when he was one and he had no issues with weaning either. Now the bottle, I could not get him to give up!! He was two before we were totally transitioned into a sippy cup!
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