Any tips on balancing breastfeeding and bottle feeding?

Julie - posted on 02/02/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter has been a breastfeeding champ but now that she's taking breastmilk bottles during the day at daycare, she is resisting breastfeeding at times. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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I used Avent and Playtex drop-ins with SLOW-flow nipples. They are other brands that have wider nipples that simulate the shape of the breast better than narrow nipples.

Kerian - posted on 02/03/2009

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ARE YOU STILL USING THE SLOW FLOW NIPPLES? THEY RECOMMEND TO AVOID NIPPLE CONFUSION TO KEEP BABY ON THE SLOWEST FLOW NIPPLES

Dorothy - posted on 02/02/2009

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I have that same problem right now and I am feeling so sad. I have worked so hard to get my supply to where it needed to be and now she's resisting the breast. (She's now 3 1/2 months) She constantly plays while feeding, she'll nurse and then pull away and then starts to play. If I continue to encourage her to eat she starts to fuss and cries pretty hard. I really want to continue to nurse her and have that bond but most of all give her what's best for her. However, I am not sure if it's because fo the bottles or the fact we both ended up with a stomach virus from her child care center. Any suggestions and advice is greatly appreciated.

Jamie - posted on 02/02/2009

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Does she have problems latching onto you. My daughter did and I had to use a nipple shield. That solved the problem. I also used Dr. Browns bottles and that also seemed to help.

Julie - posted on 02/02/2009

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Thanks for the advice Ericka!  I have been using Dr. Brown's bottles so if the issue continues, I will definitely get the Breastflow bottles and give them a try.  The irony is, I was so worried that she wouldn't take a bottle at all and was relieved when the first few days at daycare went well, now we have the opposite problem!



Thanks again!



Julie

Ericka - posted on 02/02/2009

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http://www.learningcurve.com/breastflow?...



 



She may have nipple confusion. What kind of bottles are you using? You could always try the breastflow bottles (link above). They simulate the breast and make transition easier. It also makes them work for the milk as if they are nursing. With a regular bottle they don't have to work as hard and she could be getting frustrated because it is not coming as fast. The bottles work for me....and we have been doing both for 1 year now.



 



Good luck.



 



 



 

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