When Is the Right Time to Introduce a Bottle?

IMG_6487I have been very blessed to be able to breastfeed all three of my children. They latched on right away and made it very easy on all of us for those first few months. While our entire breastfeeding journey wasn’t always smooth sailing, I found that it was much more convenient for me to breastfeed, especially with other little ones running around.

While breastfeeding has many benefits, there are also some downsides to it as well. One of which is that your baby must be with you at all times in order for you to feed them. As a mom of three, that’s hard for me. With my oldest in preschool and my work schedule, sometimes it requires me to be gone longer than those two hours between feedings.

I started pumping shortly after Macks was born for those “just in case” moments. While I never anticipated being away from him for long these first few months, I do know that things come up and it can happen.

A couple of weeks after he was born we had to drive to Washington DC for a funeral. A four hour trip quickly turned into an eight hour trip because we had to stop every time I had to nurse him. It’s those moments that I wish I had a bottle for him so that we could just keep on driving through his feeding.

In two weeks I’ll be driving with all three kids for eight hours down to Florida. I don’t want that trip to turn into even longer, so I plan on pumping along the way and feeding him a bottle. The only catch? He hates bottles.

My mother-in-law tried to feed him a bottle the other night while my husband and I went out for a couple of hours. I came in the door to him screaming and a full bottle of milk left over. Apparently trying the bottle only made him more frustrated and fussier. He didn’t like it at all. My girls took to the bottle with no problem, so this is completely new to me.

Because I didn’t want to waste the milk that had already been prepared (it’s liquid gold), I did have another kind of bottle on hand, so we tried that. While he didn’t love it, he took it much better than the other one which was a step in the right direction.

At 3 weeks old, could I have introduced him to the bottle too early? I thought that since our breastfeeding relationship was well established, he should have no problem taking a bottle. Apparently I was wrong.

The first few weeks of having a new baby at home has many ups and downs and I never thought this would be one of our low points. I don’t want to give up on trying out the bottle, but I don’t want to force him at it and potentially have it ruin our breastfeeding relationship.

Is there a right time to introduce the bottle?


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