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  1. #1
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    Default More Questions!

    I have two questions~
    My first is sometimes at night my little girl (twelve days old) will go up to 4 and a half hours between feedings. Is this okay? She usually cluster feeds from about 5 - 9 at night and then is less frequent in the middle of the night.


    My second is I have to pump milk and give her a bottle at about 3 weeks of age. I am afraid of nipple confusion and afraid that she might not respond to well to the bottle. How do I go about doing this the proper way?


    Thanks!

  2. #2
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    Default Re: More Questions!

    I don't know that I can help with the bottle feeding question, hopefully someone else can, but the night time sleeping I think is pretty normal.

    These little babies tank up with cluster feeding at night to get a little bit longer sleep at night. Definitely enjoy it!! Took my guy 4 weeks before he was sleeping more than 2-3 hours at night. The cluster feeds can be exhausting, but when you know you have a good solid 4 -5 hours of sleep coming up, it sure seems all worth it!

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    My ds would cluster feed to at night I sat back and enjoyed just holding him and getting in some tv time. Then when he was all down for the night he was down a good 5 hrs. So it's perfectly normal for babies.

    I'm not to sure what to say about giving dd a bottle. I did give my ds one but it was just one feeding and all went well for no nipple confusion. So good luck to you.

  4. #4
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    When my dtr was first born we did breastfeeding and bottle(formula). She got nipple confusion. So at 1 week old, I stopped the bottle and only breastfed.

    Then at 3 weeks I reintroduced the bottle (on occasion) and she is great at switching back and forth. My dr told me 3 weeks is a good time to introduce the bottle. And i have heard if you don't introduce it by the end of the 4th week, the baby might not take to it. b/c baby might prefer only the breat by that time.

    Remember to have someone else give your baby the bottle(at least for the first few times). I bet she'll do good.
    Good Luck =)

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