We waited until 4 weeks

We were told to wait until the baby was 4 weeks old to introduce a pacifier or bottle if we planned to nurse. That was so my milk had come in and Avery learned to latch well. It also helped us learn her schedule.

I stay home so I didn't really NEED to give her a bottle, but I wanted to make sure she would in case I needed to be gone. It also helped me learn how much milk was normal for me. That way I knew if my supply was dropping. I pumped once a day and let my husband give Avery a bottle during that time. It gave me a nursing break and let him bond with her! We did that for several weeks and then I just pumped when I needed to be gone during a nursing. Avery is still nursing and we've never had a problem with nipple confusion.

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    We introduced a bottle to Mason at 3 weeks and he never had any problems, but he was a very good nurser/latcher from pretty early on so that could be why it was suggested earlier :)
      8Theresa Gould
      A great way to do it.
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      Current: Chanhassen, Minnesota
      Birth: July 26
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      I'm the proud mama of my daughter Avery, born on June 6, 2013. I'm 26 years old, I work from home as a graphic designer, I will be testing for my 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2015. My husband, Derek, and I have been happily married for 3 years.