What bottles/nipples are good for a baby that is breastfed?

Mamasnov - posted on 10/15/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I've been nursing full time since day one of my daughter's life. She is 8 weeks now. I will be going back to work and need my baby to be able to take to a bottle. What nipples and bottles work well for a baby that is breastfed?



Also what steps should I take to get her to take to the bottle? How many times a day should I try to give the bottle and for how long per session do I attempt to try?



I'll only have her use a bottle while I am at work but will continue to breastfeed. However if she doesn't take to the bottle what so ever I won't be going to work. That's what happened with my first child I breastfed. Either I was misinformed or I gave up too easily. I don't know.



Any thing else I should know during the process please feel free to advise! Thanks

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Rachel - posted on 10/17/2009

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Slow flow nipples :) As to which ones, I'd recommend finding ones that are similar to your own nipples during nursing. Part way through a nursing session, unlatch your baby and take a look at the size/shape of the nipple and then go feel some up in the store ;) It gets you some strange looks while you are shopping LOL My first son really hated taking a bottle while I was at work and finding a nipple that was closest to mine was the only way he'd take it :)

My husband was the one to "practice" with bottles of breastmilk before I went back to work--I couldn't be anywhere around or the baby would refuse to drink. At first, hubby had to go skin to skin with babe and use one of my shirts (smelled like me!) as a blanket. After a few times, babe would take it from Daddy without the shirt. We started out giving him a bottle every couple of days and then upped it to once a day the week before I went back to work. By the time I went back, he begrudgingly accepted the bottle from Dad and Grandma when I wasn't home. He didn't drink a whole lot while I was at work but just took in enough to get by and then nursed like crazy when I got home (reverse cycling). He's four now and still remembers how much he hated bottles :p He's determined his brother (5 months) will never have to have one and if anyone suggests Bryce will get a bottle, Sterling gets quite indignant and corrects them immediately :p

Cassie - posted on 10/17/2009

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First of all, do not yourself give her a bottle. Have someone else do it. When my daughter started daycare at 6 wks old, she had never had a bottle. I just discussed it ahead of time with her daycare provider, and sent several different bottles with her for her provider to try. My daughter loves the "the first years Breastflow" bottles. They are so similar to the breast. My daughter has problems with acid reflux, and upset belly, and the breastflow bottles have worked wonderfully. She doesn't spit up at all at daycare. Good Luck!

Melissa - posted on 10/15/2009

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My third daughter had troubles breastfeeding, and we eventually saw a speech therapist when she was a few weeks old, she recommended peristaltic teats as they are the closest in perfomance to the human nipple - in particular the way the stretch to mimic the way a nipple does when breastfeeding, this can help avoid breast confusion when you are breastfeeding as baby hasn't become used to a teat that doesn't change shape.



Good luck!

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Yoli - posted on 09/07/2013

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My first baby I used avant, introduced it by 4th week... I also couldn't breast feed unless I had a breast shield, in the beginning. Second baby, playtex drop in with LATEX nipple. Second baby would NOT take silicone. It was just too hard. Plus I didn't try a bottle on her till she was 3 to 4 months. She did fine. And I didn't give her the bottle unless we went out on a date or I worked part time, very part time(2 days a week). Now I'm on my third.... And off to try the latex... She won't take anything silicone. I hope this helps.

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I use Medela bottles and nipples (the 4oz slow flow ones) since they attach to my breast pump and for a full time breast feeding/pumping mommy anything that makes life easier is good! Make sure you try to get her to take the bottle now before you go back to work and give her a bottle 2x a week to make sure she still takes it! She might not take it from you..my little one wont even take a bottle if am IN the the house! I introduced the bottle at 4 weeks and gave her bottles 1-2x a week from then on. YOu might want to give them a bit more frequent since your lil one is older, but leave her with someone else and LEAVE THE HOUSE.

Lynette - posted on 10/15/2009

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I use playtex drop ins with my son. And I agree...You shouldn't be the one to give him the bottle.....try not to even be in the room... she'll "smell' the milk and want you instead. Start giving the bottle maybe once a day b4 going to work. I researched nipples and found that playtex SILCONE nipples that say most like breast nipple worked great and since she's 8 weeks you should get the slow speed. I was told to start working in the bottle was he was 2-3 weeks old otherwise it gets harder. I heard you should just keep trying eventually they'll have no choice but to take it GOOD LUCK!

Mamasnov - posted on 10/15/2009

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Quoting summer:

hey girl....
my daughter has never had a problem going back and forth... never had 'nipple confusion" however when i DO use a bottle i use either playtex or soothies.... she really likes both and does well, her and i both prefer playtex bottles as there is less gas, no matter how fast she eats. best thing to do is start trying the bottle on feedings that are 'less' important, so to speak... try mid day feedings, also dont wait till she is hysterical.... try to give her the bottle before she is really hungry... also at time my daughter looks at me like "wth? what are you doing?!' so instead of YOU giving her the bottle let someoneelse do it, like dad, grandma, auntie.... its less confussing for the baby. also will you be using breast milk in the bottles? if so ( which i highly recomend) just reasure her that yes that is mommie she is drinking.... thats what i do and it works... just look at the baby and saym " yes hunny thats mommy, i know its different but its mommy i promise' and it will help.

hope this helped, if you need anything more, have more questions or anything feel free to email me.

Summer
breastfeeding consultant


Thanks for the reply. Did you use the ventair or drop in bottles?

Summer - posted on 10/15/2009

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hey girl....

my daughter has never had a problem going back and forth... never had 'nipple confusion" however when i DO use a bottle i use either playtex or soothies.... she really likes both and does well, her and i both prefer playtex bottles as there is less gas, no matter how fast she eats. best thing to do is start trying the bottle on feedings that are 'less' important, so to speak... try mid day feedings, also dont wait till she is hysterical.... try to give her the bottle before she is really hungry... also at time my daughter looks at me like "wth? what are you doing?!' so instead of YOU giving her the bottle let someoneelse do it, like dad, grandma, auntie.... its less confussing for the baby. also will you be using breast milk in the bottles? if so ( which i highly recomend) just reasure her that yes that is mommie she is drinking.... thats what i do and it works... just look at the baby and saym " yes hunny thats mommy, i know its different but its mommy i promise' and it will help.



hope this helped, if you need anything more, have more questions or anything feel free to email me.



Summer

breastfeeding consultant

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