Help Please...giving a bottle to my breastfed baby...

Karla - posted on 12/05/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My daughter used to take a bottle when she was younger. She very happily ate from a Dr. Brown's Slow Flow bottle. For about a month, I then stopped giving her a bottle because it was just easier to feed her from my breast then to pump and get a bottle ready. Now she won't take a bottle at all!! I have tried many types of bottles and nipples (Dr. Browns, Medela, Playtex Originals, First Years Breastflow, slow flow nipples, faster flow, I even tried a sippy cup to see if she would like that ), different holding positions, someone else trying to feed her, sugar water on the nipple, I am at a complete loss as to where to go from here. I will eventually like to go back to work, and she needs to figure this out. Does anyone have any suggestions??? Please help!!

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Larissa - posted on 12/09/2009

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I definitly reccommend the NUK bottles. That's what the dr. told me to try, and it works great for my son

Vanessa - posted on 12/07/2009

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i bottle feed as well as breast feed..i also have every bottle you have listed..but, i prefer the born free bottles so that's the only one i use now..she never rejected the others i just like them the best..it's worth a shot maybe she might like it. The only other thing I can think of is just try for one day to only offer her the bottle..and mabe offer it as if your breast feeding..do the same thing you do when your breastfeeding just sorta slip the bottle in front of your nipple ;) and then breastfeed at bed time..if it works keep it up for a few days so she knows she'll consistantly get both

Diana - posted on 12/07/2009

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I was told that babies get fussy, my mum and clinic nurse agreed that giving a baby water from a bottle from about six weeks does two things. gets bub use to drinking out of a bottle and also the taste of water for later. I thien started to mix breast and breast milk in bottle.
So when i went back to work with my first but she was taking breast milk out of a bottle and drinking water. Where my friends were having trouble getting there kids to drink water.
Don't get me wrong, i gave my daughter a bottle with boiled water not so she can drink it but more so she can get use to it. she didn't drink the water initially but when she did it was a teaspoons worth then table spoon and then increased.

I now have a new born and am doing the same thing.

Jennifer - posted on 12/07/2009

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i am also in the same position and asked my pediatrician about it this morning. He said you just gotta keep at it, offer a bottle every day. we're going to try starting today. I like the idea of starting when he's drowsy. hopefully it will work or we'll just have to get the sitter's ear plugs!

Jessica - posted on 12/07/2009

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From what I have heard some children have a preference whether they like breast or bottle.

However I did take a breastfeeding course before I gave birth and they suggested in there that someone other than the mother feed the first few bottles when you are introducing them for the first time. Hope this helps!!

Julie - posted on 12/07/2009

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I had the same problem a few weeks ago. Two tricks that worked for me:
- make sure the milk is warm enough. My baby likes the milk very warm, and when it is too cool, he just fusses like crazy!
- try giving him a bottle first thing in the morning, when he's still a little groggy and also very hungry. He might not realize it as much as later in the day.

Good luck!

Viviana - posted on 12/07/2009

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Before I had my baby I had heard a lot of the same stories, so when I had Nathan I started bottle feeding him expressed milk since he was 5 days old. I currently use Avent teats and he seems to like it, so have a try...Good luck!

Carmen Una - posted on 12/07/2009

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I am in the same boat. I do not know what i am going to do with my little girl. I am breasfeeding her and she is by me 24/7. I am due back at work in April but was planning to go back in February. I have to get her to latch on to the bottle. When i place the bottle in her mouth she plays with the teat and spits the contents out. I really need to figure something out soon. Bottle fed babies are so much easier.

Mini - posted on 12/06/2009

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i have the same problem with my son. he won't take the bottle. even if it's breastmilk... i tried many different ways... i let the formula drip on my breast so he got the taste of the milk, then while he was sucking, i took it away then gave him the bottle... it only worked for maybe twice. today, i gave my son the formula while he was asleep. he took it. i was very happy. i use first years breastflow bottle..........

Karla - posted on 12/06/2009

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I know what you mean Patricia...I can't even enjoy a dinner out with the girls, without bringing the littlest girl with me. My problem is that I am in my brother's wedding this weekend, and she needs to figure this out because I won't be able to be with her all day...it is getting frustrating. I have tried not being in the room as well. When I try to give her the bottle, she chews on the nipple, sucks once or twice, chews again, then looks up at me and smiles...she knows she is being stubborn!!

Patricia - posted on 12/06/2009

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OH forgot to add- I have heard that if you leave the room and let someone else try that it is easier. They can smell you and if you are there, theres no chance haha

Patricia - posted on 12/06/2009

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I am having the same problem...but my daughter NEVER took the bottle. We have tried and tried and she refuses. She just likes the real thing so much better haha. They are smart lil cookies! Its hard to do much though, because she always has to be with me.

Lynea - posted on 12/06/2009

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My son has been breast and bottle fed since 5 days old. I was so exhausted and in pain to do the 2am feedings so we decided to try a bottle and have my husband feed him. So when I am with him, I only breastfeed but when we are out or at 2am, my husband or a grandma, etc will give him a bottle. So basically he knows that I am the only one with the breast and if he is hungry and I'm not there, he gets a bottle. We use the gerber NUK bottles and never tried anything else. They are wide to simulate the mothers nipples supposedly. They only problem we have now is when he gets more than one bottle a day he gets too impatient for the breast and screams because he wants to eat faster!

Chelsy - posted on 12/05/2009

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Try putting a little breast milk on the nipple. i've heard that helps. As for a bottle my son will only drink out of the Playtex VentiAire bottles with the standard nipple. I would suggest finding a bottle that is as close to your nipple as possible, I know its easier said then done but my sister-in-law went through the same thing with my niece when she went back to work. Good luck i hope you find a bottle that works for you and her. :)

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