How will I know when baby is ready to try a bottle?
Some babies need a bottle early on but, if possible, try to wait until breastfeeding is established and going well. Nursing should feel like a positive experience for both you and your baby before introducing bottles of pumped milk. You want to establish a strong breastfeeding relationship to lessen the chance of baby rejecting the nursing experience once the bottle is introduced. For some moms, that is about two weeks post-delivery, and for others it can be as much as 6 weeks post-delivery. Having a positive attitude and confidence in your breastfeeding ability will help establish that positive relationship and ensure your baby will come back to your breasts.
Looking for more support on your breastfeeding journey? Talk to us about your nursing concerns and get help from a lactation consultant on our team.