• V
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 7 months ago

Combined feeding

Hi mama’s! Need some help/advice in terms of your experiences with combined feeding. I’m a first-time mum currently exclusively breastfeeding 4 week old but returning to work when she’s about 2-2.5 months old. Will be away from her 3 days a week, 7am to 7pm (feeling a lot of that dreaded mum guilt already 😂😫) How did you combined feeding mums find it? I’m scared my baby will go off my boob once I introduce a bottle. How did you find it expressing at work?
  • J
  • Remus, United States
  • 3 months ago

I didn't introduce my babe to a bottle until around 4 weeks, but still primarily breastfed until I went back to work at 3 months. He was good at taking it, but wasn't great with using it well at first (couldn't figure out the difference from breast in latch and swallowing, tended to gulp a lot of air). Now I pump twice a day when I'm at work and he's fine at drinking those bottles. Thankfully, he still loves the boob, so anytime I'm home, that's how he's fed. Also, not sure if this made a difference, but we also didn't offer a pacifier until about 4 weeks. He wasn't a fan the first few months, but will take it sometimes the past 2, though we try to be sparing with it.

  • M
  • 4 months ago

I did both from day one she never had issues. Best of luck

  • S
  • Rockaway, United States
  • 5 months ago

i started my LO on bottles once he was 6 weeks, and not gonna lie i was scared he’d be confused and not want my boob anymore either. but luckily he has no problem with both. i think it is recommended not to introduce bottles until they’re at least 6 weeks, but i could be wrong. i’m just going based off of what someone told me lol

  • A
  • Summit Point, United States
  • 6 months ago

My newborn is 5 weeks. I don’t produce enough breastmilk to solely nurse. He’s been back and forth bottle to boob since he was born. We supplement with formula (which I’m not a HUGE fan of, but it’s necessary). We don’t have any problems. He dives for my boobs first and foremost. The bottle did make him lazy tho. He likes the ease of even the slowest flow bottles but he's good about both.

  • E
  • Aurora, United States
  • 6 months ago

It's a scary thing for sure because am a first time mom too and I had the same fear. But I have been breastfeeding when I get home from work and in the morning before I go to work. Its working out well and when am home on my days off I do it through the day to also continue to make milk.

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