Advice please?

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  1. stargirl

    stargirl Well-Known Member

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    Just looking for as much info and advice I can get please?

    I'm wondering when to/ if at all, to introduce a bottle of expressed breast milk.

    Baby H is 5 wks old tomorrow. I know my OH would really like to feed H a bottle. I've had a few teething problems with latching but H feeds and is putting on plenty of weight. (9oz last week).

    I introduced a dummy early on as he likes to comfort suck. I noticed that if he used the dummy a lot in one day, we'd struggle to latch on a bit but then my cousin told me to try a different type of dummy. One that American hospitals recommend. So I ordered one from amazon an he loves it and he's latching on better.

    So what I really want to know is should I hold off trying a bottle? And what was everyone else's experiences like?

    Sorry I rambled on a bit. :)


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  2. Nikkiportia

    Nikkiportia Well-Known Member

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    Mine have had expressed in bottles since 3 weeks to top up evening feeds so they sleep better. And now one gets the odd botte.e through the night so OH can help me, as bf both meant i was getting no sleep :( I have had no issues with them on the breast or bottle. I use tommetippee little bottles. Nipple confusion is really rare :)
     
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    stargirl Well-Known Member

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    Thank you. Have you found that giving them a bottle before bed helps them sleep?




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    Nikkiportia Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely, i seemed to be running out of milk for them in the evenings, they would spend hours on the breast and then still not sleep. My nipples would be so,sore. I thought they were just being grumpy and a bit colicky afterwards, then i gave theM a bottle to rule out hunger and hey presto, happy sleeping babies! I am always full of milk in the mornings, but empty by the evening, and their behaviour adjusts accordingly, lol.
     
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    stargirl Well-Known Member

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    I'm more full of a morning and seem to have a good supply of a night too but last night we had a rubbish night with H! I really want to establish a good night time routine. Think I'll set one up and having a bottle off daddy can be part of it.


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  6. J_Anne

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    I started my daughter on the odd bottle of expressed milk at about 5-6 weeks. Mainly so I knew she would accept it if and when I'm away from her. Now hubby gives her a bottle on his days off and I'm not so keen on feeding in public so I know if we need to go somewhere I wouldn't want to feed, she'll be fine with a bottle! We've had no problems latching what so ever. My breast feeding support worker said if we ever want her to take a bottle its better she gets used to it sooner rather than later.

    I started with the tommee tippee closer to nature bottles but she got most of it down her chin so swapped to th avent ones and they suit her much better.
     
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    stargirl Well-Known Member

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    Done a bit of research this morning and although its maybe not the best day to start as H is really fussy today, come the early evening I'm going to start as I mean to go on with a loose routine, which includes my OH giving H a bottle. I have the avent ones also so hope he likes them.


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