Any moms having trouble with breastfeeding after trying to combine bottle with breast?

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Amy - posted on 06/30/2009

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I combine breast and bottle with my seven week old and found the best bottle to use is Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature bottles that are specifically designed for combining breast and bottle. My son had nipple confusion before when we had him on other bottles and since we started with these bottles he has had no problems at all.
http://www.tommeetippee.com.au/products....

Debbie - posted on 06/29/2009

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I use back to nature bottles with special teats which are meant to be similar to the breast to give the occasional bottle and don't have any problem with my baby taking the odd bottle (as long as someone else gives it to him, if it's me he wants the real thing!)

Christine - posted on 06/28/2009

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Yes! It was a real battle and I almost gave it up. I had to give her a bottle in the hospital because she had to have an IV and she had to be extra hydrated. She latched in the hospital at first but then it became very difficult to get her to latch. To make matters worse, she wouldn't latch to my right breast at all as the nipple didn't protrude as much as the left. My lactation specialist (bless her) recommended a bottle called "Breast Flow." It mimics breast feeding through a double nipple system. The problem is that most bottles are so easy for them to nurse on, they get used to that and then no longer want to breast feed because it is so hard. You can buy them online at Toys R Us, but I also found them at Burlington Coat Factory and Marshalls. She is 3 months old and still goes back and forth easily between the breast and the Breast Flow bottles (I just don't produce enough milk to exclussively breastfeed). But she has never had nipple confusion. And she prefers to nurse when she is tired and wants to go to sleep.

Paula - posted on 06/25/2009

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Thank-you all for your advice!!! Jayla seems to be nursing better but she wont always take the breast, but at least she is improving. Im going to be fitted for a nipple shield tomorrow so I'm hoping this will help.

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I lost a lot of blood during labour and as a result my milk has taken a longer time to come in. I've had to supplement my boy's feeds with expressed milk and with formula. Now that my milk is coming in properly I want him to feed only from the breast, but he gets really upset and frustrated when I put him to me because I think he's used to the ease of the bottle where he doesn't have to do as much work. I'm working with the local ABA volunteers and have been in contact with a lactation consultant. I definitely recommend using these resources if you can access them, but for every stumbling block I seem to overcome there's another in it's place so if you're feeling frustrated I can certainly sympathise. Good luck.

Abbe - posted on 06/24/2009

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I was forced to give Averie a bottle in the hospital because she was so jaundiced... after that she wasnt as interested in nursing. I had a few consultations with the lactation lady and she set me up with a nipple shield. It looks weird, but it really helped her latch on!! After that I was able to nurse and use Avent bottles up until she was about 5 months old and my milk supply dried up!!! If you really want to nurse don't give up... there is plenty of help available you just have to ask your Dr to set you up with a lactation specialist!! Good luck!!!

Angela - posted on 06/24/2009

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Yes. My 2.5 month old goes through periods where he won't take the breast. When it first started he would scream when I tried to get him to nurse, I learned that when he does this the best is just to give him a bottle of expressed breastmilk. At first I thought he'd never nurse again, but he was eager to for his 4 am feeding. I concentrated on making nursing as pleasant as possible. I would also try to get him on the breast before he started to get real hungry. He now does both, there are some days when he just doesn't want to nurse and I don't push it because I know he'll go back to it eventually. I am gone for 8 to 10 hours some days and have noticed that he'll want to nurse more after these long days away.

Serena - posted on 06/24/2009

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im a new mum, my son wasnt breastfeeding well and lost weight, so we decided to combine with the bottle, he still didnt breastfeed well, and after 4months of combining with the bottle he preferred the bottle sadly. try to get a breastfeeding consultant or lactation nurse asap we have them in the uk. theyre a great help i only wish id been put in touch sooner, also try different positions, and different times or feed at set times regularly even if ur baby isnt hungry just to get used to it. good luck x

Ashley - posted on 06/24/2009

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yes i used the nuby they worked miracles every other bottles i tried from dr. brown to playtex... they were the only ones that he liked. good luck

User - posted on 06/24/2009

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Yes I did...try changing the nipple on the bottle or the type of bottle you are using. I used Avent and they worked great. Good Luck and Congratualtions.

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