Will baby continue to nurse?

Nichole - posted on 12/17/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My baby is a little over 3 months and has been EBF since birth. I am going back to work part time in 2 weeks. My husband will be home with her when I am working. Only once did we (my husband) try to give her a bottle of pumped breastmilk and she drank 3 oz. We are going to try to give her another pumped bottle this week. I am concerned that by giving her bottles she will stop wanting to nurse because I really don't want that to happen. Is it possible she will continue to nurse when I am home?

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Laura - posted on 12/30/2012

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Just want to remind you to pump for each bottle she gets. So if she gets 3 bottles while you are gone, you should have pumped 3 times while you are gone from her. This will help maintain your supply.

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Kkrjrpleggett - posted on 12/19/2012

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She has EBF for 3 months. Yes she will still nurse. My son was 4 weeks when we introduced a bottle of pumped milk (so daddy could take a feeding at night so I could get a little more sleep) other wise he was EBF as well. It wasn't a problem. As long as breastfeeding is well established, which really only takes a few weeks, everything should be fine, but of course, breastfeed as long as you are home. If she is only getting a bottle once or twice, or 3 times a day while you are working, but you don't give one when you are home, there shouldn't be a problem. With that said, All babies are different and there are no guarantees. Good luck! Oh and even if for some reason your baby decides to stop nursing, you can always pump. Breastmilk is breastmilk, regardless if it is suckled from a breast or a bottle.

Sara - posted on 12/18/2012

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I have been breastfeeding my daughter since she was born and she is now 7 1/2 months old. She has had bottles lots and continues to breastfeed.

Samantha - posted on 12/17/2012

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I've been in the same boat as you--worried about baby wanting the bottle over nursing, especially since is easier for them to get milk out of a bottle. Yesterday was the first time I've left my baby for more than a few minutes--she's 6 weeks. Grandma had her for 8 hours and she took bottled breastmilk all day like a champ. When she got home she nursed just like normal and has been nursing normally today too. From what I've read baby will more than likely want to nurse more when you're home. (Which is fine with me because I couldn't wait to get home to my baby--neither could my boobs :-) ) I think as long as you nurse whenever possible you shouldn't have trouble.

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