Has anyone successfully combine fed their baby, either with expressed breast milk or formula?
I am very very keen to breast feed the new baby we're expecting, however I know that due to commitments with my other child who is special needs, I wont be able to be there all of the time to feed my baby. Also, at times when I am around, it maybe that my husband has to feed the baby!
I know that formula etc can hinder breast milk supply, which is a great concern of mine. However I am keen to do what I can so that my baby at least gets some of my milk.
Can I introduce a bottle straight away? I have heard about nipple confusion, but from my experience it tends to be the mums who wait 6 weeks or so who have the problems taking to a bottle.
In my experience it has nothing to do with how long you wait to introduce it - some babies just dont like bottles. If you do it before BFing is well established you run the risk of supply issues and nipple confusion.
It varies for each woman, the reccomended is 6 weeks but it happened within a couple of weeks for me.
We succesfully combine feed, Alex has a bottle of formula everyday around 11am which Oh gives. The time is the key thing that keeps the bottle from messing with my supply as its the same time every day.
I BF'ed from the beginning, then by week 3 I introduced 1 bottle of formula (11am) then added another (11pm) My milk supply was well in by week 4 and I began to exclusively pump. However, I still offer formula, at least 1 bottle a day. Every now and again I put LO on the boob and he has no trouble, no nipple confusion. But I did read to offer a bottle when BF is well established, anywhere between week 4-6 and no later than week 7 cause then LO might totally refuse it. But I think every baby is different so feel it out, see how it goes.
Why not consider expressing milk for the bottle feeds? This will allow bottle feeding but using your own milk and might reduce any confusion. I also understand you can buy a certain type of teat which is very similar to the nipple.
That's our plan for when Abby gets home from NNICU. I'd like my husband to be able to do some feeds from time to time so A) I can take myself off for half a day if I need a break and B) he gets the experience of feeding.
I introduced a bottle to Casen at 2wks..of breastmilk. He did ok with it but I made sure it was slow flow and shaped like the breast as much as possible. Some babies if you give them a bottle too early will only want that, Id on't think it's confusion really, just that it's much easier for them to drink from a bottle than a breast, it's more work at the breast. Casen did ok but we only did like 1 bottle then and maybe a couple a month max so not an all the time thing. My friends baby completely refused the breast because she preferred bottles, but every baby is diff, yours could easily go back and forth and it not matter either way Good luck
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