Hi all! This is my first post, but I've been following the forums for a couple months. I'm hoping to get some advice about sporadic bottle feeding. DS is 14 weeks today, and he's EBF. We don't give him a pacifier, and he's never had a bottle. We had some trouble starting out (nipple shield, shallow latch after we weaned from the shield, mastitis, slow weight gain, etc.), so I've been VERY hesitant to even consider a bottle now that we've really hit our stride.
I mostly work from home, and I only have to be away from the baby for an hour or two at a time at most. However, I have a few evening plans coming up, and DS usually cluster feeds from 6-8 p.m. I'm worried about leaving him with my mom to babysit when I know he'll want to eat, even if I'm only gone two hours. Should I introduce a bottle prior to my upcoming evenings out? Should I be concerned about anything if DS gets the very occasional bottle (less than once a week)? And I'm going to a concert, which will most likely be about 3.5 hours. Do I need to find a place to pump if it's a one time thing?
Thanks for all the help!