Bottle issues again

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Registered: 09-12-2008
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: 04-13-2008
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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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.


Anna -

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