Any tips on balancing breastfeeding and bottle feeding?
Dorothy - posted on 02/02/2009
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.
Julie - posted on 02/02/2009
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!
Ericka - posted on 02/02/2009
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.
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