Re: Is a faster flow nipple ok if that's what the baby prefers?
I was able to bottle feed while at work and nurse while at home, so it definitely can be done!
It may be that your daughter doesn't want to take a bottle from you because she knows your breasts are right there. Sometimes they won't take a bottle from anyone when they know their mommy is around. Try leaving the house and see if she is happier taking the bottle. Also, be careful of replacing nursing sessions with bottle feedings when you don't have to because it can still affect your supply. Try to pump when you miss a nursing session so you can keep your body producing milk. It is easier to skip sessions once your supply is well established.
It's a pretty good bet your daughter is getting more from your breast than you can pump. Babies are much better at getting the milk out than a pump is, so a pump is not a good indicator or how much baby is eating. The best way to tell that she is getting enough is by counting wet and dirty diapers (5-6 wets and 1 dirty per day- less dirtys are ok because breastfed babies sometimes don't poop every day).
Good luck going back to work! I hope all goes well for you.
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