breast to bottle help!!!!

Jessica - posted on 05/11/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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trying to get Summer to take a bottle to prolong my breastmilk but she hates the bottle... any suggestions?

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Mel - posted on 05/15/2011

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I read some replies as I didnt know what you meant either, I coudlnt keep up with my daughetr either, my supply just wasnt enough for the poor thing, and I had to breast feed then feed a bottle of expressed milk then top up still with formula every feed. Eventually I managed to make enough to feed her after she was a few weeks old, but you mentioned going back to work, so when you do wean her, cut one feed out a day and switch to bottle, and DO NOT give her the breast until at least a good amount of the bottle is gone, and continue this til shes drinking a while bottle, then take out anotehr feed. Weaning can be a difficult process. MY daughter cried her little heart out uncontrollably for hours every day it was heartbreaking, for 2 months

Jessica - posted on 05/14/2011

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it's more or less so she isn't constantly attached I get sore from it sometimes. I had the same problem with my son but once I got him to take a bottle my milk caught back up. I wish I could just stay home and nurse her and I plan to pump not go to formula, but this day and time 1 person working isn't always an option. she is 4 months almost 5 we originally planned to do a lil of both and at first it went good but when he started back to work she wouldn't take the bottle. I can get her to take it in the car if we are on the road most of the time. it helps that she is starting to eat foods instead of just nursing but still would be nice to leave her with someone else so I could go back at least part time or even have a date night with my husband would be a blessing.

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Jessica, the more often you breastfeed her the more your supply will increase. It's not a matter of "keeping up." Milk supply is a matter of supply and demand. nd to check if she's getting enough, count her wet nappies - 6 - 8 wet nappies per day means she is getting plenty.
If you need to go back to work, that's a different matter. The decision to pump or to use formula is naturally your decision, and other has given you suggestions about that, but the idea that using a bottle will prolong your supply is a myth.

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Try fenugreek to enhance milk supply, but to try the bottle you can try putting her in a bouncy seat/baby chair then trying the bottle. When I worked as a nanny, my breastfed infant was confused with a bottle if I was holding her in my arms. She took it OK from a bouncy seat! How old is your baby? With some babies there's a window of opportunity to introduce an artificial nipple, and once that window is closed....they refuse! My second son took a bottle at 3 wks so I thought I was good to go, then when i tried again when he was 2 months old he wanted NOTHING to do with it! NEVER took it again! I agree with trying lots of different bottles and nipples.

Jessica - posted on 05/13/2011

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I mean so it will last longer. she nurses so often my milk supply can't keep up. she doesn't like the pacifiers either and uses me instead. she has started baby food which helps for now but when I go back to work i need her to be able to take something else cause I won't be there to feed her.

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Need more info - how would using a bottle "prolong" your breastmilk? I Would have thought a bottle would have the opposote effect.

Alexis - posted on 05/11/2011

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IDK I didn't breastfeed. My friend used a device that was designed for men to feed a baby, looks like a booby with a strap that lets men feed the baby for bonding time??? I don't know the name. So when she tried to detach from the breast feeding and the baby wouldn't do the bottles she tried to use that more till she could get him to take a bottle. Maybe it is an idea?

Rebecca - posted on 05/11/2011

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you may just have to try different nipples when I first put my son on a bottle he would only take the rubber nipples until I found the ones that are made to be more like breastfeeding

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