Need advice on bottle latching!

Donelle - posted on 01/04/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone. My son is 2 months old and has been bottle fed since birth. I EPed for the first 6 weeks and recently switched to formula when I started to loose my supply and tried everything to get it back with no luck. He has so many problems with latching which is why I gave up on breastfeeding. His bottom lip curls under and he makes a smacking noise with every sip he takes. I've tried different techniques to try to get his bottom lip to come out more instead of curling in, but nothing seems to be helping! We've tried just about every bottle there is and he can't get a good latch on any of them. He'll sit there and swing his head around trying to get the bottle, but when he tries to start sucking he just screams and screams because he can't seem to get it. Eventually he can do it for short periods at a time. You can imagine how frusterating and sad it is for me to see him struggle so much! Any advice will be greatly appreciated! :)

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Giovanna - posted on 01/15/2014

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Hi,
You may want to try the bare bottle, they're supposed to have a nipple that helps with breastfeeding and I love the fact that is air free. bittylab.com good luck.

Tracey - posted on 01/04/2014

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Ur baby is 2 months old, correct? At that young tender age all they know is instinct, what they need to survive. My children all showed preferences for a certain pacifier but other than that, at such a young age he needs mom & routine. It sounds crazy saying routine, but there's no other way to describe. He needs to be fed, obviously & needs to "expect" the same for every feeding. I'm guessing this is ur first baby. It's really difficult being a new mom & learning to trust ur mama instincts. My first baby was very difficult & cried nearly all the time until I calmed down, stopped switching her formula & trusted myself to know what she needed & have confidence in my instincts. She's now a very healthy 12 year old & my youngest & only son is 31/2. We stuck with the same bottle for all 4 babies, used earths best organic formula & made our own baby food, in fact my son never had "baby cereal" at about 4-5 months his first food was puréed avocado. Pick one, stick with it & if after 2 weeks he's still not showing any signs of better latching then try a different bottle. And communicate with ur pediatrician if you're very worried, they might have some helpful advise as well or at least be able to ease ur mind a bit. Best of luck & god bless.

Donelle - posted on 01/04/2014

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Yeah I guess I never thought about it like that. I was just so worried about him being able to find something he actually liked and didn't stop to think it's going to take some getting used to for him! Thanks so much for the help, that's definatley something simple enough to give a shot.

Tracey - posted on 01/04/2014

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Wow. This is tough. I've had 4 all bottle fed babies, all for different reasons. And I've dealt with similar to what you're describing. We settled on the playtex nurser bottles with the drop in liners & stuck to it. Perhaps the switching & trying so many different bottles/nipples could be the issue. Babies take time to get used to things so my advise as a mom of 4, ages: 12, 10, 9 & 31/2 is to pick a bottle/nipple that ur baby seems to have the least trouble with & stick with it for at least a month. I was always told when switching anything with a baby give them at the bare minimum 2 weeks to adjust & to expect all kinds of "adjustments" during the "transition" so, again, pick the bottle & formula ur baby seems to have the least issues with & stick with it for at least 2-3 weeks or more. It could be a simple thing like lack of familiarity. Babies need that. They need to expect the same thing with every feeding wether it's a breast or bottle. Changing & trying this that & the next is really bad for baby & mom. Good luck!

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