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I am exclusively breastfeeding my 4 month old son and things are going pretty good. In the first couple of weeks we had some latch issues so I did pump and give him some bottles of EBM. Since then we have been strictly breastfeeding because I was worried about nipple confusion/preference. I have a 2 day event coming up at the end of October -- my 10 year high school reunion -- and I plan to leave Julian with my mom for one evening and then part of the next day. I will be coming home overnight. I am worried that Julian may not take a bottle so instead of springing it on him that night, I want to kind of practice with some bottles before hand. Do you think I have been breastfeeding long enough that nipple confusion/preference won't be an issue? How often should we practice with the bottle between now and then? Since I usually nurse him to sleep, do you think he will be able to fall asleep after my mom giving him a bottle? I know every baby is different. I would just like to hear if any of you ladies have had an experience similar to mine. Thanks in advance for any tips and advice you can give.
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I would just offer a bottle every few days. I think he's old enough to not be at risk for nipple confusion. Just make sure you use something with a really slow flow, like a newborn nipple. Some breastfed babies don't take bottles from their moms, so maybe have your husband or SO offer the bottle. My son is used to being nursed to sleep, and the few times I left him with someone else I was very worried that he wouldn't nap, but to my surprise he slept with them.
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Annabella has gotten at least one bottle per day since she was 3 weeks old. We're lucky since she doesn't care where her milk comes from. I'd try at least once per day and maybe have DH give it to him (as mine does) so he understands he still has that special time with you. I think he is too old to have the nipple confusion (I think) and since latching is not a problem, I see no reason to try the bottle. KUP and good luck.
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