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Introducing the Bottle

As a work at home mom, I am home with Avery almost all of the time. Since she was born I’ve only been away from her for two hours at most because I have been exclusively nursing. I love the bonding time that I get with her during our nursing sessions and have used it as a chance for us to get to know one another over the last six weeks.

I pump occasionally at home so that we will have an emergency stash of milk in the freezer, but I’ve never had much of a reason to give Avery a bottle. It’s so much easier for me to nurse her than to have to get a bottle ready and have someone feed it to her.

As Avery gets older and I allow more into my work schedule, there are times that will require me to be away from her longer then the allotted time that I can go between feedings. With that in mind, I knew that I wanted to introduce the bottle to her a couple weeks before I have to leave he for an extended period of time.

I didn’t want to introduce the bottle too early because I wanted to make sure we had established a great nursing routine and she had no trouble latching correctly. Lucky for me, she is a nursing champ and is doing great.

I was extremely nervous about giving her a bottle because my oldest daughter had an extremely hard time taking one and it required so much time and a lot of different bottles until she finally took one. But yet again I am reminded that each child is different and what happens the first time around doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen the again.

This weekend marked Avery’s six week birthday. From what I have read in breastfeeding books, six weeks is a good time to introduce the bottle to a breastfed baby. So Saturday we set some time aside to have her try one.  My oldest has been asking since day one when she can give Avery a bottle. Because we knew she was anxious for it, we made this a family affair and got her involved.  That afternoon I pumped, put the milk in a bottle, and had my husband and oldest go into another room, away from me to feed it to her. Within 10 minutes Harlan came out to show me a bottle that was three quarters of the way finished.

I was so relieved that she took it, Harlan was incredibly happy that she finally got to feed her baby sister, and my husband was so grateful for the bonding time with his two girls!

When did you introduce the bottle? How did it go?

Read more from Lauren at A Mommy in the City. For more updates, follow Lauren on Facebook and Twitter ! Check out more of Lauren’s  Babble posts at Being Pregnant and Baby’s First Year.

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