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This will be #3 but I could not bf our first because she had medical issues and I only lasted about 6 weeks with our second. I would like to at least make the six month mark with no formula this time but I HATE HATE HATE nighttime feedings, and for my own sanity, I would really really like to be able to a few times a week let dh give a bottle of pumped milk so I can have a small break. I also will be returning to work shortly after. How soon is it possible to give a bottle of pumped milk here and there without messing everything up? What is the best way to do this? What would be the best bottles to use?
Most will say 6 weeks. We started sooner than that (out of necessity...I spent a whole day in the ER, and we had no choice but for DH to give her bottles). This was at about 3 days. From that point on, we offered her a bottle at least once a week. When I went back to work, she had no problem taking bottles at daycare and breast feeding at home. We continued breast feeding until about 29 months. So...for us, not waiting until the 6 week mark worked out just fine.
6 weeks or when breastfeeding has been established. And just because you give them a bottle, you still need to pump for that missed feeding to keep your supply up. Most bfing moms choose to roomshare or cosleep with their babies (safely) for ease of night feedings. ALl babies are different, and some breastfed babies sttn young, others do not. Good luck and please post any other questions you may have.