Re: Starting to pump, no idea what I'm doing. Help please!
We started introducing bottles at 4 weeks. I have never given her a bottle; we wanted her to associate mommy with nursing only. When we introduced the bottle it was with a small quantity of EBM (about an ounce) and I just stopped her short of a normal nursing session so DH could give it to her. She took to it fine. After we knew she would accept the brand of bottles that we're using, we started doing a bottle in lieu of a nursing session.
Honestly we only gave her about 2 bottles per week until I went back to work. Once we knew she'd take them we didn't see much reason to try to give one daily. I did pump while DH fed her on the days she got a bottle; whatever I pumped went into the freezer. To accumulate the fresh milk for the bottle I pumped for about 5 minutes after each nursing session earlier in the day.
We discovered that if she knows I'm around, she will either refuse the bottle entirely or will drink it down and then demand to nurse (and spits up because she's then overfed). She takes bottles just fine for daycare or for a babysitter or DH as long as I'm not there, but she prefers to drink from the tap.
Katie - mom to Lily, 8/5/2010