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When can my baby stay overnight without me?

When can my baby stay overnight without me?


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It's a matter of personal preference, as well as how your baby gets her nutrition. A formula-fed baby can be left as soon as you feel comfortable leaving her. But if you're breastfeeding, it's important to wait until breastfeeding is well established, which lactation experts say takes about 3 to 4 weeks. After that, you can use a breast pump to express milk, and anyone you trust enough to care for your baby overnight can feed your baby from a bottle.

Make sure your baby will take a bottle before you go. If you offer your baby a bottle and she refuses it, ask a family member or friend to try offering the bottle while you wait in another room. Many breastfed babies are more likely to take that first bottle if someone other than Mom offers it.

Of course some circumstances — for example, medical emergencies — might require you to leave your baby sooner than you'd prefer, but as long as your baby is with someone who is willing to get up to feed her in the middle of the night, she'll be fine in your absence.


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