My 3 month old is needing formula as well as breast milk because I am not producing enough milk to keep her sustained but we are finding it hard to get her to take a bottle, any suggestions on what we can do?

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Irene - posted on 04/06/2009

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try to see if someone else can give her the bottle. They say that the babies can sometimes smell milk on you and refuse the bottle. This worked for my friend and after 2 times of her partner feeding the baby she can now feed her from a bottle.



Just be careful with this approach as my son (18 weeks old now) decided that he preferred the bottle to my breast as it was easier so screamed and refused to latch on so had to move to the bottle.

Claire - posted on 04/04/2009

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try and drink loads!with the bottle don't sterilise the  teat use just boiling water as they don't often like the taste, and also try a dummy .

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Melva - posted on 04/07/2009

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buy a breast pump (manual or electric) manual is cheaper. express your breast milk into a bottle and only use the bottle for feedings (breast and formula).

Melissa - posted on 04/06/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

whether my thread was helpful or not i am actually a nurse too but for the elderly though so i guess that is totally different but  i never attacked anyone u r the 3rd person to attack me !!!!!!! i said alot would disagree but %^^& off whats been said has been said and if i want to advise people of old wives tales i will get a grip[ and let me be. stop attacking ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Quoting Rachael:

My 3 month old is needing formula as well as breast milk because I am not producing enough milk to keep her sustained but we are finding it hard to get her to take a bottle, any suggestions on what we can do?













just a suggestion the more she is breastfeeding the more milk you will produce!












try sml bit of brown sugar or honey i did for my kids alot of people will disagree but hey it's a suggestion! but not too much and not in every bottle cause she will become hooked !! k !  
















That is by far some of the most irresponsible advice i have ever heard! I am a registered nurse and 2 years ago took care of a six month old little girl who had infant botulism. and guess where she got it...some moron told her father she would take the bottle better with a little drop of honey...GREAT ADVICE!!! and although it is rare (none of the other nurses who had worked in the childrens hospital for 30+ years had ever seen a case) it was no joke for this family. she was in th icu for almost a week..intubated ..had a feeding tube poor muscle tone and almost no reflexes,,,she did recover but my god stop attacking these mothers telling you this is wrong...bc just bc u got lucky and your kids didnt suffer from it many others have suffered life threatening consequences,,there is a reason it says right there on they honey jar in bold letters..DO NOT GIVE HONEY TO INFANTS UNDER 1 YEAR!








You just said "Although it is rare (none of the other nurses who had worked in the childrens hospital for 30+ years had ever seen a case" So what is is 1 in how many children have this problem? You may aswel put your child in a ball and keep it away from anything harmful!! My youngest child has been in and out of hospitals since he has been born on different matters and have had trouble with him taking to a bottle and nurses have add honey to his bottle. Everything you give your child these days are harmful including formula and tin foods. So where do you get off tell someone that this one thing could be fatal?? why not tell her not to give the child formula and starve them too.



 



so true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! someone can see where i'm coming from!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKYOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!





 





 

Melissa - posted on 04/06/2009

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Melissa you sound really uset over some of the advice you have given We are all mums here and i guess we need to be careful that our advice is up to date as some old wives tales can actully be harmful and iam sure all those that reply to your sugestion just wanted you to know that it was harmful advice be carful in future






i am not upst with the advise i gave. and my advise is common alot of things can be harmful i see where you are all coming from you are all just turning a blind eye to me. you dont want me to give advise, but its a free world and i WILL suggest what i like. there were many posts including sugar they weren't attacked !!! 

Shara - posted on 04/06/2009

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I am a working mom so I have to pump and my son is bottle fed during the day.  i use the adiri bottles and have never had problems with him taking a bottle.  I have also recommended them to several other friends that breasfeed and need to supliment with formula.  They experienced the same problem you are until they tired the adiri bottles. They are sold at babies-r-us. 

Heather - posted on 04/06/2009

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try breastfeeding every couple hours again. to produce more milk. i know that can be hard or try pumping in between nursing just a little. also try to massage your breast before each feeding to help with let down. and depending on ago try give some ceral with brest milk 1 to 2 times a day. i say all this cuz i just went through it all. i have a 1 year old that still nurses and will NOT! take a bottle, sippy cup, he is now just starting to drink out pf a cup sometimes with a straw. if all eles fails. let someone eles give her the bottle when your not around she will eat. but keep in mind she might stop nursing. and also talk with your doctor or a lactation nurse

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I have a 3 month old which a big appitite, and started to give her baby porridge for lunch, i bought Farex at Coles., and mix it with breast milk.  She loved the new sensation of eating with a spoon, and it satisfied her.

Jenny - posted on 04/06/2009

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My little man is almost 4 momths old he my 3 boy he's brother are 14 12 yr . I only can fed them from one side have you tired give her farley's rusks mix with her formula in the moring and /or at night than my sustained him all day it wrok for us

Jenny - posted on 04/06/2009

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My little man is almost 4 momths old he my 3 boy he's brother are 14 12 yr . I only can fed them from one side have you tired give her farley's rusks mix with her formula in the moring and /or at night than my sustained him all day it wrok for us

Kristy - posted on 04/06/2009

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Quoting Trish:

if you don't object to drinking a beer, something in it makes you produce more than you want~~


Brestfeeding and beer  really dont mix well expecially if you are have troubles

Kristy - posted on 04/06/2009

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Melissa you sound really uset over some of the advice you have given We are all mums here and i guess we need to be careful that our advice is up to date as some old wives tales can actully be harmful and iam sure all those that reply to your sugestion just wanted you to know that it was harmful advice be carful in future

Kristy - posted on 04/06/2009

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Rachael sounds like you are having a hard time. How do you know you have low suply? Is you baby not gaining weight? Are you in australia? Have you contacted the Australian breastffeding Assocaition 1800 mum2 mum? good luck hope find out osmething that works.

Brooke - posted on 04/05/2009

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my little guy likes the adiri natural nurser stage one bottle.  my husband and i call it the boob bottle due to the way it looks.  i like that he actually opens wide and presses his nose into it like when he is nursing and he doesn't seem confused by it when we switch back and forth.

Tanya - posted on 04/05/2009

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Quoting Melissa:



Quoting Ally:




Quoting Melissa:

whether my thread was helpful or not i am actually a nurse too but for the elderly though so i guess that is totally different but  i never attacked anyone u r the 3rd person to attack me !!!!!!! i said alot would disagree but %^^& off whats been said has been said and if i want to advise people of old wives tales i will get a grip[ and let me be. stop attacking ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Quoting Rachael:

My 3 month old is needing formula as well as breast milk because I am not producing enough milk to keep her sustained but we are finding it hard to get her to take a bottle, any suggestions on what we can do?











just a suggestion the more she is breastfeeding the more milk you will produce!










try sml bit of brown sugar or honey i did for my kids alot of people will disagree but hey it's a suggestion! but not too much and not in every bottle cause she will become hooked !! k !  













That is by far some of the most irresponsible advice i have ever heard! I am a registered nurse and 2 years ago took care of a six month old little girl who had infant botulism. and guess where she got it...some moron told her father she would take the bottle better with a little drop of honey...GREAT ADVICE!!! and although it is rare (none of the other nurses who had worked in the childrens hospital for 30+ years had ever seen a case) it was no joke for this family. she was in th icu for almost a week..intubated ..had a feeding tube poor muscle tone and almost no reflexes,,,she did recover but my god stop attacking these mothers telling you this is wrong...bc just bc u got lucky and your kids didnt suffer from it many others have suffered life threatening consequences,,there is a reason it says right there on they honey jar in bold letters..DO NOT GIVE HONEY TO INFANTS UNDER 1 YEAR!






You just said "Although it is rare (none of the other nurses who had worked in the childrens hospital for 30+ years had ever seen a case" So what is is 1 in how many children have this problem? You may aswel put your child in a ball and keep it away from anything harmful!! My youngest child has been in and out of hospitals since he has been born on different matters and have had trouble with him taking to a bottle and nurses have add honey to his bottle. Everything you give your child these days are harmful including formula and tin foods. So where do you get off tell someone that this one thing could be fatal?? why not tell her not to give the child formula and starve them too.


 





 

Lorraine - posted on 04/05/2009

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You can get SNS (supplementry nursing systems) ask your pharmacy about them. Its just a little bottle that holds the formula and u clamp it on to your shirt and thers a tube that comes down and you put it on your nipple. So when the baby sucks it gets the formula and breast milk.






Do try this.  You can also get them from your local breastfeeding association.  I had to use one because my 3 month old son actually lost weight and refused the bottle.  Quite fiddly but it did work.  If you want your baby to start drinking out of the bottle you could try slipping the teat in when she is asleep.  I did this with both of mine to get them to sleep longer as for some reason I don't produce enough milk and it helped 'train' them into using the bottle.

User - posted on 04/05/2009

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We had bottle issues until someone suggested the First Years Breastflow bottle. It has a double nipple that requires both compression & suction similar to breastfeeding. After a couple tries she was drinking from this bottle like a pro. We did have someone other than mom & dad introduce her to this bottle & then we took over from there.

Trish - posted on 04/05/2009

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if you don't object to drinking a beer, something in it makes you produce more than you want~~

Amanda - posted on 04/05/2009

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had the very same problem, my son was taking a nuk pacifier and they make bottles with the same kind of shaped nipple, and he took right to it. the bottles are kinda expensive at like $6 per bottle but they were well worth it for us. they also make sippy cups with the same shape and once again we had to use them, the good thing is that the nipples switched from the bottle and the sippy so you don't need to buy extras,

Melissa - posted on 04/05/2009

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Quoting Ally:



Quoting Melissa:

whether my thread was helpful or not i am actually a nurse too but for the elderly though so i guess that is totally different but  i never attacked anyone u r the 3rd person to attack me !!!!!!! i said alot would disagree but %^^& off whats been said has been said and if i want to advise people of old wives tales i will get a grip[ and let me be. stop attacking ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Quoting Rachael:

My 3 month old is needing formula as well as breast milk because I am not producing enough milk to keep her sustained but we are finding it hard to get her to take a bottle, any suggestions on what we can do?









just a suggestion the more she is breastfeeding the more milk you will produce!








try sml bit of brown sugar or honey i did for my kids alot of people will disagree but hey it's a suggestion! but not too much and not in every bottle cause she will become hooked !! k !  










That is by far some of the most irresponsible advice i have ever heard! I am a registered nurse and 2 years ago took care of a six month old little girl who had infant botulism. and guess where she got it...some moron told her father she would take the bottle better with a little drop of honey...GREAT ADVICE!!! and although it is rare (none of the other nurses who had worked in the childrens hospital for 30+ years had ever seen a case) it was no joke for this family. she was in th icu for almost a week..intubated ..had a feeding tube poor muscle tone and almost no reflexes,,,she did recover but my god stop attacking these mothers telling you this is wrong...bc just bc u got lucky and your kids didnt suffer from it many others have suffered life threatening consequences,,there is a reason it says right there on they honey jar in bold letters..DO NOT GIVE HONEY TO INFANTS UNDER 1 YEAR!





 

Laura - posted on 04/05/2009

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Quoting Tamara:

What's making you think that your milk isn't enough? Is she having enough dirty diapers, meeting milestones?


I was worried about the same thing- my daughter not getting enough, but the doctor told me not to worry because as long as the baby is pooping regularly and wetting, you're producing enough milk...but when I was in the hospital the nurses gave me something that made a world of difference...my daughter was having trouble latching on and my nipples were bleeding, so they gave me a sort of small sipper cup that looked like a plastic/silicone measuring spoon so she wouldn't get confused between breast and bottle...she'd lap up the formula :)  it was a little funny looking, but it worked well enough to give me time to heal and also time to produce more milk because mine hadn't come in for a couple days...I even have a picture of her using the little sipper if you need to see what it looks like...good luck!

Tara - posted on 04/05/2009

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Quoting Karleen:

I never nursed on a schedule...just on demand. sometimes it was every hour. Your breast milk comes in more the more you nurse. Drink a lot of water too & get plenty of rest. Suply & Demand


absolutely!!! never be discouraged....some docs can get real impatient and think everyone should just have a quick c-section and that theres formula so why wait instead of actually helping with the problem at hand..you made it through the crucial month so thats all that they care about........i swear they think....ohh crap shes due on the same day as the big golf tourney...,.,...well i will just sugest the baby is too big and offer a c-section to make sure she doesnt interupt the big game.....jk.....but i am sure u know what i am getting at!..lol  ...but the water and rest are really important.....even if its not sleep rest!!!!

Lyn - posted on 04/05/2009

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when its time to give her a bottle leave the house have a cuppa with a neighbour and let dad do the bottles it takes a couple of days but it worked for me hope it helps good luck

Lyn - posted on 04/05/2009

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when its time to give her a bottle leave the house have a cuppa with a neighbour and let dad do the bottles it takes a couple of days but it worked for me hope it helps good luck

Sarah - posted on 04/05/2009

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I had the same problem. Try to let someone else feed  the baby with a bottle. If baby can smell milk on u then he/she will want to suckle u and not want the bottle.  Then when the little one is used to the bottle then u can take over the feeds again. 



Hope this helps    Xx;-D 

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I never nursed on a schedule...just on demand. sometimes it was every hour. Your breast milk comes in more the more you nurse. Drink a lot of water too & get plenty of rest. Suply & Demand

Sarina - posted on 04/04/2009

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my son also refused to take the bottle. the only bottle that worked was Playtex because the nipple (laytex wide nipple) was more closer to the breast and its supposed to make the transition easier between breast and bottle. Also, I could never hold him in my lap and feed him with bottle, so I would just lie him down on the floor, little bit away from him and feed him with bottle. I also started with putting breast milk in the bottle, so something was familiar. Once he started taking the breast milk in the bottle, i then started adding formula little bit at a time... I hope this helps. Take care.

Jodie - posted on 04/04/2009

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Have you tried to use a Nuks 3 month to 6 month old teet it worked really well with my kids its a soft silicon teat that is the shape of a nipple when babys start suckling

Tara - posted on 04/04/2009

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If breastfeeding is really important to you!!!!  with my first son i had the same problem ...then when i did find a bottle that he would take he grew lazy because a bottle is so much easyer and rejected breastfeading....with the second I refused to give up ..I wish i had of known what i do now the first time around ...because formula caused my first son  alot of problems!!!!  really stick with the breast make sure if you are offer your daughter the bottle after you breast feed and not before ...u really will have to play with different ways to give your daughter a bottle ...different nipples temps etc.....but be persistant if you really want to breastfeed because it is sooo good for her!!!!  there are plenty of medications to help you produce more milk ..make sure to ask your doc about them!!!!  they do help alot...and make sure you are hydrated.....trust me in the long run breastfeeding is easyer...i have done both...you dont ever have to prepare bottles when you go out ,...it lands up being way faster ...less burping time,,, less spitting up!!!  less money!!!!  makesure u stay on top of your health care provider because they should have told you about the medication to help you produce more milk!  ...good luck i hope all works out for you

Amy - posted on 04/04/2009

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I am sorry to hear about the troubles!  I would really recommend nursing/pumping every 3 hours with the only exception being the small amount of sleep that is over deserved with a 3 month old and going for no more then 6 hours at night.  Also you can drink nursing tea or supplement with Fenagreek (spelling is wrong so I went with phonetics!).  The more you nurse the more milk you will make, I promise!!!!  It is a lot of work and worth it.  If you still want to use the bottle try tucking it under your armpit so that the baby thinks they are nursing.  Worked like a charm for my Liv.  Good luck!

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My little Girl is almost 4 months old now and I brestfed for the first 3 months and had the same problem, I bought her the wide nipples for breastfed babys. There the silcone ones with a rough ring around them, they worked for me :) Also a friend of mine had her little girl two days before me and is having the same problem now, the Dr told her to get someone else to try to feed her with the bottle and she should take it, she wont take it from you because she knows its you and wants the brest... smart little buggers lol! Hope it helps! and good luck!

Lala - posted on 04/04/2009

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try motherlove brand-more milk plus you can find it online or at whole foods, a higher end pharmacy/health food vitamin store. I took that and it tripled my milk supply also take an omega 3 it will help with everything else. That way you won't have to supplement as much. I had a similar problem I got him used to the nipple by only giving him the bottle when he woke up so he was to hungry to deny it and too sleepy to really recognize the difference.

Heather - posted on 04/04/2009

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What type of bottle are you using?  Try to find a bottle that is similar to your breast; soft and flexible.  I used the bottles that used bags with both of my boys and did not have any trouble, but when I used different bottles they refused to latch on.  Just a suggestion and I hope it helps.  Heather

Devon - posted on 04/04/2009

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This may be a pain, but, you might wanna devote a whole day to nothing but breast feeding. She will help you produce enough. If your not drying up, which you shouldn't be, she will assist you if you let her keep on feeding. I felt like a milking cow for 24 hrs. but it really helped!

Tracey - posted on 04/04/2009

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I had the same problem and the only way I could find at the time was for my husband to feed her the bottle.  For a while even when I walked into the room she would stop feeding off the bottle and wait for me to feed her.  Over time I was able to take over feeding her from the bottle as well but it took alot of perserverance.  Good luck

Amanda - posted on 04/04/2009

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i had the same problem with no making enough milk, i started taking Blessed Thistle from Nature's herbs, its from the health shop. after a few days i found i had enough milk for my 4 months baby. for the bottle i would try the tommee tippee bottle i had to buy a few before i found one she would take.hope that can help

Hanna - posted on 04/04/2009

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i am in the same situation as you, my baby is too big and i simply don't have enough milk, however, he refuses to eat my boob because the milk comes out slower. at 3 months, you might need to buy a nipple with slightly bigger flow. my baby is 5 weeks old and i had to switch the nipples to #2 (we use the born free bottles) because #1 was flowing too slow. however, it also might be the texture of the nipple or the shape -- if your baby sucks on the pacifier, then the chances are it's not the texture, but the shape or the flow rate. try several different nipples (try to find the ones that are most similar to the shape of your nipple to help minimize the confusion between the two), born free worked well for us, but i heard gerber nuk was very nice because it is shaped like a woman's nipple. good luck!

Brandi - posted on 04/04/2009

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when I was going from breastfeeding to bottle I used the First Years Brestflow Bottle.

Ally - posted on 04/04/2009

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Quoting Melissa:



Quoting Rachael:

My 3 month old is needing formula as well as breast milk because I am not producing enough milk to keep her sustained but we are finding it hard to get her to take a bottle, any suggestions on what we can do?







just a suggestion the more she is breastfeeding the more milk you will produce!






try sml bit of brown sugar or honey i did for my kids alot of people will disagree but hey it's a suggestion! but not too much and not in every bottle cause she will become hooked !! k !  






That is by far some of the most irresponsible advice i have ever heard! I am a registered nurse and 2 years ago took care of a six month old little girl who had infant botulism. and guess where she got it...some moron told her father she would take the bottle better with a little drop of honey...GREAT ADVICE!!! and although it is rare (none of the other nurses who had worked in the childrens hospital for 30+ years had ever seen a case) it was no joke for this family. she was in th icu for almost a week..intubated ..had a feeding tube poor muscle tone and almost no reflexes,,,she did recover but my god stop attacking these mothers telling you this is wrong...bc just bc u got lucky and your kids didnt suffer from it many others have suffered life threatening consequences,,there is a reason it says right there on they honey jar in bold letters..DO NOT GIVE HONEY TO INFANTS UNDER 1 YEAR!

Tegan - posted on 04/04/2009

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yea definatly try the tommy tippee closer to nature, i breast feed 4 8months but then my daughter wasnt getting enough and would not take any bottle until i tried with those bottles.. g'luck

Stacie - posted on 04/04/2009

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We tried so many different kinds of bottles with Parker... he hated them all! Until we found at Meijer bottles made by MAM... the nipple is caved in kinda on top and bottom so it really feels more like the breast. Good Luck!

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Quoting Ashley:



You may just need to nurse more.  The more you nurse the more milk you make. 





This is true, breastfeeding is a supply and demand thing, you can join a la leche league if you're commited to breastfeeding they are full of helpful advice, plus there is a website. most infants will prefer the breast over a bottle, mine went right from breast to sippy cup.



It all just depends what you want to do.

Shelagh - posted on 04/04/2009

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Just one quick question - what makes you think you're not producing enough milk to sustain her? If she cries between feeds, it could just be boredom, not hunger - try playing, singing, you know the stuff. If you don't want to give up the breast feeding, persevere - if she really is hungry, she'll suck harder, and stimulate more milk. Keep your own calorie intake up (as a friend once said to me, 'Breastfeeding really takes it out of you') - milk and bananas are good.

Chelsea - posted on 04/04/2009

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The more often (not length of time)you feed the more milk you will produce. Try pumping one breast (for 10 mins)one hour before baby is due to be hungry, when it is time to eat offer the unpumped breast first then the other. Then do the opposite breast the next time, pumping the last nursed breast one hour before feeding time. this will increase your milk supply and give you breast milk to serve in a bottle or cup. Remember stimulation is key in breastfeeding, how often not length of time @ the breast matters.

Tracy - posted on 04/04/2009

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How often are you nursing? My first child I breastfeed her strickly and then introduced her to solids when she was 6 months... but if you stimulate you breast more.. you will produce more milk. Try pumping after the baby is done nursing.. and thru out the day every two hours try pumping for 10 to 15 mins to help you produce more. It's supply and demand when it comes to milk. Your body will produce as much as your baby demands it. I breastfeed my daughter all the way up until she was 18 mo and I'm currently breastfeeding with my 1 month old son and not once did I have to use formula. I hope this was useful information.

Terri-Anne - posted on 04/04/2009

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I had the same problem with my baby and was told to use a straw sippy cup. For some reason breast fed babies can suck really well from a straw from a very early age. I thought it was a crazy idea but it worked.

Melicia MiMi - posted on 04/04/2009

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Try using A Natural Bottle the ones That look And feel like Real Nipples..Playtex or BornFree Are Good

Valerie - posted on 04/04/2009

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with my young one at 2 months, she woudl also refuse a bottle compared to breast, so what i did was start off breast feeding and the while she was latched, slip the bottle nipple into her mouth and pull your breast out, just continue doing this it may take a few days but each time you do this she will drink more and more formula until eventually she drinks the whole bottle. it is the taste that she doesnt like. breast milk is sweet and formula just doesnt taste right. hope that this helped. 

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