Q: I intend to breastfeed only (unless complications arise) when my baby is born. What I would like to know is how long should I wait before it’s OK to give her my milk in a bottle? I will continue breastfeeding, but I’d like to allow her father to feed her at times, plus I may be going back to school. I feel it’s important to continue to give her my nourishment, but I don’t want to get her confused. Also, what are some good bottles and nipples for giving breast milk while avoiding nipple confusion?
A: It is very helpful that you are doing your research before your baby is born!
Most babies will switch happily between their mother’s breasts and bottles if you wait until the milk supply and the baby are well adjusted to breast feeding, which occurs at about 4 to 6 weeks of age. Many mothers have found Avent or Muchkinslow-flow rubber teats to work well for their breastfeeding babies. They have wide bottoms and shorter teats, which lets the baby use the nursing movements he has learned at the breast.
By Karen Zeretzke
IBCLC Lactation Consultant