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Can I bottle-feed at night?

I'm breastfeeding. Is it okay to give our newborn baby some breast milk or formula in a bottle at a nighttime feeding?
Submitted by Parents Team

Consider waiting until your baby is at least one month old before bottle-feeding instead of breastfeeding at night. Bottles are easier to drink from than a human nipple, and if your baby gets used to feeding this way, she may not want the breast as much. When you do offer a bottle, try to give it at the same time each day so that your body doesn't think you're trying to wean your baby completely. --Laura Flynn McCarthy

Originally published in Parents magazine, August 2002. Updated 2009.

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