Antonia - posted on 01/01/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )
This is for all of you nursing moms out there, who may have for one reason or another had to start offering bottles to your nursing baby at one point or another. My son, Nathan will be 9 months on January 8th, and he is exclusively a breast fed baby. Early on, after he was first born, we offered him a bottle, one feeding a day, which he would accept at that point, however the feeding had to come from someone other than myself. My husband was returned to his ship, which was on a deployment, when my son was just 5 weeks old. Needless to say, offering a bottle become impossible, I would attempt to, however, it caused stress, and trauma I think to both myself and my son, so I just stopped offering the bottle to him.
Now, at nearly 9 months old, despite the fact that he has solids 4 times a day, (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime snack), and he is nursing as well, my son's weight is only in the 5th percentile, and while he doesn't complain like he is hungry, I am concerned that he is not getting enough nutrition, and think the culprit may be that he is not getting enough milk at each nursing. So hubby and I are attempting, yet again to re-introduce the bottle to him. This is not the first time we have attempted the bottle with him. We began offering it to him at 4 and 1/2 months when my husband returned from deployment, figuring it would be a great way to bond for the two of them, if Nathan would accept the bottle. We have tried, different types, of nipples, be it shape, silicone vs rubber, and different flow speeds. But no matter what we try, the attempted feeding ends up with my son screaming inconsolably, and my husband and I frustrated, not to mention my husband feels a little bit left out at times, because he feels that our son prefers me all the time over him. I am unable to pump for my son, due to a breast reduction I had many years ago, in fact, it was even questionable if I would be able to nurse. (YAY!) So, our only option at feeding times is formula.
So ladies, have any of you had as difficult time in trying to introduce a bottle to your baby? What kinds of tricks seemed to help in offering the bottle, and how sucessful were you at getting your baby to take a bottle?!