Bottle issues again

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Bottle issues again
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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 12:07pm

Selin is having bottle issues again. I have to return to work in August and also at times my

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Fri, 05-14-2010 - 5:10pm

Thanks all for the advice and bottle recommendations! We had only been using the Medela bottles that came with my pump so last night I tried a wide Playtex bottle but she wouldn't take that from DH either. Then I tried to give her the bottle and she took a little but then stopped and then I didn't feel comfortable giving it to her so I nursed her instead. Surprisingly, I received conflicting advice from my LLL group as well so I guess there is no right or wrong way to introduce bottles.


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Fri, 05-14-2010 - 9:44am

Christine - maybe there's another way...


Teddy refused bottles completely, after he had been exclusively bottlefed (expressed breastmilk) for the first 5 weeks of his life. Once he got the hang of BFing, I stopped with the bottles, thinking that he'd take them if I needed him to. Only then he'd made up his mind he didn't want bottles anymore!


What I did - I got him used to cups. I started at 4 months to introduce cups with water, and around 6 months I gave him milk in cups. When I went back to work (he was then 9 months) he'd BF in the morning and evening and have cups of milk at nursery (granted, I only work 1 1/2 days a week so that probably made it a bit more doable).


I think he accepted the cups more readily because they were so completely different; rather than bottles which pretend to be a boob (when clearly to a baby they aren't). Maybe Selin will take to cups? As you're only going back to work when she's 6 months old, she should be old enough then to be able to drink from them well. Hopefully you'll be able to go back PT (have you spoken to your boss yet?) then you can still BF most of the time.


Another thing is, if you get her straight on to cups then you won't have to worry about weaning her off bottles once she's a year old :-) A few of my friends whose babies were FF'd now have real trouble getting them to drink from cups and give up the bottle.

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Fri, 05-14-2010 - 8:49am

In Barrett's case we actually had better luck once we switched to the medium flow nipples -but I had a little bit of an oversupply the first few months so he would take less than 10 minutes to nurse but 45 minutes to take a bottle! He went through phases of bottle refusal but we've never had problems with him getting enough to eat. Also if Barrett got really hungry and didn't want the bottle, he just got mad and still wouldn't take the bottle. We did all his bottle 'practice' when he wasn't that hungry, and he had no problems taking the occasional bottle from me.

You have lots of time to figure out what bottle/method works best for Selin or find an alternative feeding method that will work. Good luck and keep us posted!

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Fri, 05-14-2010 - 7:29am
I don't have a whole ton of advice for you since my son wouldn't latch on in the beginning and took a bottle with no problem. Once we got breastfeeding established he still goes back and forth with no issues at all. He is bottle feeding more than breastfeeding now since I normally give him a bottle at night and I only breastfeed him in the Am and then after I get off work. I don't think he's had nipple confusion at all. Plus my lactation consultant said to not go to the faster flow nipples which I never knew and then I had to put all the newborn ones back on. I guess that way the flow is more like the breast.
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Fri, 05-14-2010 - 7:27am
For what it's worth, DS was BF/FF since day 3 (as he was fed via d syringe day 1 and 2). And I gave him plenty of bottles myself, with no ill affects. Our experience of BF/FF/EBM goes completely against what they say is "how to do this"; but it worked great for us.

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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 10:16pm

Oh I feel your pain, Christine. Eliza is a bottle hater. :( It's hard - but stopping BFing is definitely NOT the answer, so your mama-instinct is for SURE the way to go with that one. I'm so sorry your mom isn't supportive of your continuing BFing.

All I can say is that a LOT can change in 3 months, especially in the life of a baby, so don't start to get too anxious about going back to work yet - Selin has plenty of time to get used to the bottle.

A friend of mine went back to work last week and her son wasn't taking a bottle from her DH the day before she was to go back... she was so worried, but when it came down to it, on Monday, he was hungry so he took the bottle just fine from her DH. My friend was SO anxious, but her DH and their DS just had to figure it out and it was all okay in the end. I know all babies are different, but just wanted to give you a positive story.

(and I know that bottle recommendations aren't *too* helpful, but I'll just throw this one out there - Eliza hated all other bottles except for this one, which she will take when she has to!: http://www.learningcurve.com/breastflow)

GL!


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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 7:38pm

We used these bottles...

http://www.weilbaby.com/

These bottles are specially made to maintain the bond of breast feeding. We had no problems switching back and forth with this bottle when we needed to use it, back to the breast.






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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 6:50pm
have you tried a different bottle? They have some that are more similar to breast feeding and mabe should would work better with that. Other then that I don't really have anything to throw it. You have a few months before August so don't push it to hard, she will get it figured out.


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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 5:53pm

Christine, I think you've gotten some great advice. There is certainly no reason to switch exclusively to the bottle.

Here is a list of resources that might help you!

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/alternative-feeding.html

Mostly, I think, try to relax and not let this be something that totally overwhelms you. When she is hungry enough, she WILL eat.

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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 3:32pm
You may find that Selin reverse cycles for you when you go back to work. Gideon did this. He figured out he liked breast feeding better and didn't really care for the bottle. Even up until we weaned him to a cup he never took more than 2 and the occasional 3 bottles the entire day. He would nurse more in the mornings and then a ton when I got home from work. It actually took a little pressure of me at work and made my evenings special with G. I didn't give Gideon a bottle with me in the room until he was probably 6 months old or so, and it was only during his orthopedic appointments. Other than that, if I was there he was breast fed. We never gave him bottles regularly at home. I don't think we introduced the bottle until he was 7 weeks old (I went back to work when he was 8 weeks old) We gave him a few bottles that week and then transitioned him when I went back. DH took 2 weeks off when I went back to work, so he would give him bottles if needed and bring him to me at lunch and on my late evenings to nurse. The transition really helped all of us. We're planning on doing the same thing with Z, and I'll probably wait as long if not longer to introduce bottles.

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