Tuesday, June 2, 2009
My 1st Bottle
There is a lot of conflicting information out there about introducing a bottle to a baby. It appears that the optimal time is between 3-6 weeks old and that some babies suffer from "nipple confusion" and are reluctant to return to the breast after the ease of feeding from the bottle. Apparently, some babies are reluctant to take the bottle at all once they're used to breast milk. I have been very nervous about introducing the bottle -- even when we're still feeding breast milk. I've been worried that Ledger wouldn't want to breast feed after getting a bottle, or that he wouldn't take a bottle at all -- it's very nerve wracking!
So today we gave Ledger his first bottle. Daddy was able to feed him. He sucked the bottle right down with no problems and was still hungry, so we put him on the breast and he breast fed for the rest of his meal! He did both feeding types and, of course, he did great! :) So he'll get 1 bottle per day until I go back to work and we'll breast feed for all of his other feedings... hopefully. So far, so good.