Any moms Breastfeeding and giving bottles? ?

Leigh - posted on 01/27/2015 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hello , I'm nursing my 6 week old and I was told to give him a bottle of breast milk at night so he will sleep longer. I'm afraid of nipple confusion, especially after i just introduced Him to a pacifier two weeks ago. Any one that can give me advice? How much is he supposed to eat? He took a little over 4 oz. Is he getting over fed?? Also going to need some help on how to make enough milk once i start work in March. I'm trying to exclusively breastfeed.only supplementing if I need to. My last question is when did your breastfed baby sleep though the night? Please help

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Tracy - posted on 01/30/2015

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Hannah started sleeping through the night when she was 18 months..I doubt your baby will confuse your nipple with the bottle nipple😄 babies are smart! Lol! You will be fine..make sure you pump so you can keep that milk flow. Drink organic tea. I have to find the name of it...back in florida all my Jamaican family drank organic tea. I tried it and was nasty but it helps the milk flow.

Jodi - posted on 01/28/2015

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It is normal for babies to wake at night for a long time. If you are lucky, you may get 5 hours or more a night from them, but that isn't necessarily the norm. Your baby is 6 weeks old and has a small tummy. There is only so much he can eat. Bottle feeding him at night isn't going to make him less hungry because there is only so much he can fit in his tummy.

Dove - posted on 01/28/2015

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My kids didn't sleep through the night (10-12 hours) consistently til 1-2 years old. Waking every 2-3 hours (some babies sleep longer, some don't even sleep that long) at 6 weeks old is 100% normal. I don't know much about ounces or pumping as all of mine were only ever fed from the tap, but waking frequently in the night IS normal... and it's good for your supply. Giving baby a bottle means that baby isn't signaling your body to make more milk during that time.. so it won't.

Sarah - posted on 01/28/2015

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For the nipple confusion I know there are some that struggle with this but I think the more common struggle is getting a breastfed baby to take a bottle. I breastfed two of mine. Both had a pacifier from day one and with both I had no trouble breastfeeding it was trying to get them to take the bottle that was my struggle.

As for bottle of breastmilk helping them sleep long I don't really know how true that is. Your breastmilk works on supply and demand so really you don't want your baby sleeping longer unless he/she does not need that demand anymore. I had one that was doing a 5 hr stretch at 2 months then I had another that did not do the 5 hr stretch until 5 months old.....I did nothing different it just depended on the child and their needs.

For Increasing Milk supply.....Pump and try not to supplement. Again breastmilk is on supply and demand, so if you are supplementing then you are taking away the demand of the breastmilk, so you supply does not go up to meet the new demand. A thing to remember is really the amount of milk you need extra is that first day you go back to work. You will be pumping at the times your baby eats when you are at work, so that would be the next days milk.

Tracy - posted on 01/27/2015

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I breast fed my daughter til she was 2 she only took the bottle once! I was a stay at home mom. If you don't want a nightmare, I would say the quicker your little Prince get use to the bottle the better. Try to pump as much as you can so he can eat good while you work!
Hannah wasn't a bottle baby! My other children drank formula and I think 4 0z was the norm...wishing you the best!! Breast feeding is awesome, keep up the good work!

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Leigh - posted on 01/30/2015

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T racy I do have a few more things to ask you. How to get my son a sleep in a crib? I was putting him to sleep in a bassinet but one night I heard him gurgling When i was asleep so I jumped up turned his head and he was spitting up and ever since then he has slept in the bed with me now he will not sleep very long his crib during the day.He will Sleep in his crib for maybe 10 15 20 minutes the most. He sleep longer in my arms then anywhere else. Also i have given him a pacifier but he won't take it and I have noticed he will suck on his hands even when he is not hungry.My last problem is gas it's very hard for him to burp. please can you help me?

Tracy - posted on 01/30/2015

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Good, you are on the right path. Make sure you use cream for your nipples so they not too sore...I used Vaseline! It worked wonders.let me know if I can help with anything else. I'm through my baby stages and now I'm learning how to parent teenager's! My oldest is 15 and youngest is 2.5. I miss the baby days...enjoy them while you can...they are much nicer at that age!

Leigh - posted on 01/30/2015

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Tracy,
Thank you again for all your help. I am drinking mothers milk tea which helps my milk supply as well. I talked to a lactation consultant Who said
To pump after I feed him. I was for awhile but now i haven't going to start again soon. It just is time consuming.

Leigh - posted on 01/28/2015

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Sarah, Dove,Jodi, ~ Thank you for all your advice and tips! This helps a lot! I'm definitely not giving a bottle at night. Wish me luck once I start work. I really hope i don't lose my milk and I don't have to give formula. Thanks again all

Leigh - posted on 01/28/2015

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Tracy~ Thank you so much for your help. My son takes the bottle, I'm just afraid of him not taking my breast anymore. With that said I'm afraid of losing my milk once I go back to work. I wish I could just stay home and nurse him. Your lucky to get to spend time with your bundle of joy. ;)

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