I have a 2 week old. At some point I would like to pump so my husband can help bottle feed at nights. I don't want to cause nipple confusion. What's a good age to introduce a bottle, just for 1-2 x's a day? He has a great latch and seems to be doing well with nursing.
I would recommend waiting until the 4-6 week point before introducing a bottle because once you hit this time frame baby's feeding patterns and your milk supply are firmly established. It is important to seek out a nipple that is specifically designed breastfed babies that allows them to mimic the same actions as at the breast. Nothing can replace at the breast feeding but some moms need to be apart from their baby.
By using a nipple that is really designed for breastfed babies, so they don't learn a new way to suck with the bottle which can cause confusion, and they are able to easily return to feeding at the breast. Also if you are going to be missing a normal feeding time when away from baby, be sure to pump so that you are able to maintain your supply.
Molly Petersen, CLC