should i give my 7 day old a bottle while nursing?

Janielle - posted on 03/25/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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i dont want to waste the milk, but am scared to introduce a bottle! hes been great w latching n feeding is going awesome, i love being able to nurse, i wasnt able to w my first son! so i have 3.5 oz of milk in the fridge that will b going bad if i dont give it to him by tomorrow, should i freeze it and wait a bit before introducing the bottle, or should he transition easily? he has had a pacifier a few times and doesnt seem to have 'nipple confusion' but i dont want him thinking hes going to get the bottle, id prefer to nurse at least 4-6 weeks, and dont really want to deal with pumping, unless necessary!

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Sandie - posted on 03/25/2012

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Hiya, i personally would freeze the milk and wait a few weeks before introducing a bottle, he may not want to work so hard at the breast if he knows he can get an easy flow from a bottle. :) good luck, x

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Heather - posted on 03/26/2012

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You should wait at least 4 to 6 weeks before introducing a bottle. Throw out the pumped breast milk for now. Next time you pump, FREEZE it! Lansinoh makes really great bags you can store your breastmilk in and freeze it! Make sure you write the date you froze the milk onto the bag with a permanent marker! It should last for 3 or more months frozen!

Celeste - posted on 03/25/2012

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I agree with the previous ladies. I'd go ahead and freeze it. I wouldn't recommend a bottle this early (I've dealt with nipple confusion, it's not fun)

Lori - posted on 03/25/2012

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I'd also suggest freezing the milk. It's generally recommended to wait till baby is at least 3 weeks, and even better wait till baby is 6 weeks old before introducing a bottle.



If you do decide to give it to him, make sure you pump around the same time so that your breasts still get the message that baby needed to eat at that time... then freeze the new milk.

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