Hello...I am going to be a 2nd time working b'fedding mom, any minute now!!! I am very excited as my experience the last time was WONDERFUL!!! My son who is now 3yrs old, breast feed until 2.5 yrs old!!! Although, I feel like I became an expert, I am feeling the tons tons and tons of questions coming back all over again! This forum is what HELPED ME so much throughout my last b'feeding experience and I now will be a tremendous help this time around.
Out of experience I know now not to try to introduce the bottle too early! I will be a working breastfeeding mom. I eventually will need to introduce a bottle prior to going back to work (I am going to dedicated 3 complete months to b'feeding on demand as I am home with my baby) My questions are:
1. When my new baby is approx 6 weeks old, would that be a good time to start to try to introduce a bottle to him?
2. I had several bottle troubles last time around and wasted too much money trying to give him a bottle that I thought was best, I eventually choose the bottle he was most comfy with. Are there any bottle recommendations anyone can make? My thoughts are to purchase 1 of several kind to have options on hand once I am faced with the fact I will have to give him a bottle (that makes me so sad thinking about it )? Any suggestions would be great!
3. I plan to co-sleep with the new baby. Are the sleeper beds, aka snug nests (the ones that can be placed in the bed with you) safe? I have read mixed reviews and I am on the fence about purchasing one? I did not use one with my other son, I did however, use the positioner which was fantistic! My husband was very fearful the first time around as he thought we would hurt our 3rd son with him being so small sleeping with us, but he became very use to having the baby in bed with us and it helped out a lot with breastfeeding at night, I got more sleep and so did the baby, I even noticed a better milk supply this way around.
Well right now, these are the top three questions I have...I am sure I will have plenty more to come in the next few weeks, months, and possibly again years ...I look forward to reading any advise, suggestions, and helping answer questions from my past and future breastfeeding experience. I hope to one day become a certified lactation consultant as this is such a rewarding experience.