Bottle feeding

Fakeha - posted on 09/04/2012 ( 31 moms have responded )

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I have a 6month baby whom i want to bottle feed and continue with my breastfeeding as well. I have read about teats and bottles which mimic mommy's breast. Can you tell me which brands will work and which flow nipple to choose for my baby? I am confused about my choice netween fast flow and slow flow teats. Also i read about Nuby natural nurser. Anybody using it, please recommend Thanks

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Amy - posted on 09/05/2012

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I used playtex ventaire wide nipple bottles, I never switched my daughter to the fast flow because I never wanted the bottle to be more convenient or easier than actually breastfeeding. At 6 months it probably wouldn't be a problem though since you have a well established breastfeeding relationship. You may have to try a couple different bottles before you find one that your daughter will take. My other suggestion would be to skip the bottle and try a soft spout sippy cup.

Tina - posted on 09/04/2012

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It depends on your baby but I'd say at 6 months your baby would be ok with fast flow teat.



The teat flow normally depends on how old your baby is.



A younger baby would be better suited to a show flow as they are more likely to get a belly ache and choke on the amount of milk that would come out of a fast flow. I guess the other thing to think of is you may want your baby to work for the milk so they don't get lazy and decide they don't want to work for the breast milk any more. That would be another factor in deciding whether or not to go fast or slow flow.



There are some good nipples you can get from chemists and large shops such as target and Big W. Avent are meant to be a good brand. They're also meant to reduce colic. It may take time for your child to get use to though so you will need a little bit of patience when introducing a bottle.



Good luck.

Jenell - posted on 09/07/2012

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In my opinion, at 6 months old you should not be using bottles if you are breastfeeding or if you are pumping because you work. This is the time to be introducing sippy cups when not breastfeeding. My kids were formula feed and the fact that I started the sippy cup for everything but naps at 6 months old made it very easy to get rid of the bottles at 1 year old. If I had breastfed, I would have done the same thing, except still encourage breastfeeding.

Louise - posted on 09/05/2012

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You should try a sippy cup instead. After 5 months its said that babies are more reluctant to try new things in the way of brest/bottle/sippy. The pediatrician may say otherwise. If u can skip the bottle you will be better off. Nuby makes a soft spout training sippy that might be good.

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Shaquana - posted on 09/08/2012

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You're right Janelle but your baby don't automatically take to sippy cups. My children did both. Sippy cup was for juice and water and the bottle was for milk. I had no real issues taking away the bottle once they turned a year old. These are all opinions anyway. Fakeha you should really do whatever works for your baby and you of course with the pediatrician involved. He or she will lwt you know if you're on the right track or not:)

Shaquana - posted on 09/07/2012

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I used first year breastfeeding bottles with the double nipple that actually mimics breast feeding while working and my son was in daycare. awesome and very. Valuable product! Highly recommend it!

Shaquana - posted on 09/07/2012

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I used first year breastfeeding bottles with the double nipple that actually mimics breast feeding while working and my son was in daycare. awesome and very. Valuable product! Highly recommend it!

Kerri - posted on 09/07/2012

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my baby is 2 mo old and I use the Nuby nurser, he doesn't do too well, so we went to the Nuby stage 1 sippy cup, and he is doing so much better. Might try that.

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Good luck but I have to tell you it's a bit late to

Introduce a bottle if you've never done it before. Don't kill yourself trying. I'd think about introduced your 6 month old to sippy cup.

Julie - posted on 09/07/2012

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I'm not totally sure about this, but can't a 6 month old skip the bottle and go straight to a sippy cup with the proper flow? You would of course be holding the cup for the baby. ?maybe it's too young?

Felicia - posted on 09/07/2012

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Instead of trying all these bottles buy the bottles that has a nipple close to your breast nipple and see how the milk flows and if you need more milk to come out just make,the hole alittle bigger in the nipple by using a straight pin

Angela - posted on 09/06/2012

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agree, use slow flow so baby doesn't refuse the breast. My babies ultimately ended up using regular old nipples, and were fine. They did prefer the actual brown rubber ones--not the clear silicone ones but every babe is different. Start with the nipple you like best, have dad feed at first and things should be fine. Unless you have a finicky one then you will be all over town buying different nipples! I also like the suggestion about just going straight to the sipper cup, 6 months is old enough and it's different enough that it really shouldn't interfere with bfing. Good luck

Jamyka - posted on 09/06/2012

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My baby is 4mos and we breast and bottle feed. We use the tommee tippee bottles to feed my son breastmilk while I am at work and I nurse him as soon as I arrive home and through the night. He has not had an issue taking either since the nipple is much like a real breast.

Jeania - posted on 09/06/2012

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My son never took a bottle I did try but in the end we nursed until he was a year old and when we were out after he was 6 mo. old he would take a sippy cup if your little one doesn't want the bottle I would go with a cup. Good luck :)

Fakeha - posted on 09/05/2012

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I need a bottle occasionally when i am away or travelling but not on a regular basis. I tried feeding my baby with a plastic bottle with standard teat and he just away with his tongue so i thought of buying a wide neck mouth bottle. Thanks

Crystal - posted on 09/05/2012

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Hi i had alot of trouble breast feeding my son but i continued for 10 months but he never seemed to get enough food so i went with breast and bottle and i used slow to medium flow nuk nipples and i found them to work well he never wanted to stop nursing but he needed that extra food

LaLasha - posted on 09/05/2012

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There is no such thing as a breastfeeding bottle there just isn't they don't have the skill to mimic the flow of milk from the breast it just isn't possible. You should buy the slowest flow you can find but why do you want to get the baby on the bottle? Is this for daily use or occasional? Because if you won't be using the bottle often don't worry about finding a nipple the baby likes you just need one that the baby will take when hungry enough.

Latika - posted on 09/05/2012

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I used breastflow as well and it works just fine with my 6 month old. He transitioned very well from breast to bottle with no fuss.

Denise - posted on 09/05/2012

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We tried all different bottles with our son. He had latching issues on the breast. I pumped religiously, froze & stored enough to keep up with him for about 6 months before I dried up. He was a very good eater from the beginning & preferred the less expensive bottles. Many brands nipples fast & slow flow are interchangeable on the bottles so I would try a slow flow first & then trade out for a faster flow down the road. I wish you the best of luck!!!

Catherine - posted on 09/05/2012

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I used the Breastflow bottle with my older daughter because when I gave her the Avent, she stared refusing the breast. These have a teat within a teat so they actually have to suck and compress the teat, more like breastfeeding. My younger daughter did just fine with the Avent but I only used the low-flow nipple on her.

Kristen - posted on 09/05/2012

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I would go with a slow flow if you still want him to nurse b/c if he can get it faster and easier from the bottle he might develop a preference for it.

Jill - posted on 09/05/2012

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I used the Avent brand and both boys did great. I would use a bottle (with expressed breast milk) when my kids were being watched by a sitter or my husband was at home with them. I never tried doing the bottle myself (until after they were weened off breastmilk) so I don't know if they would have taken it from me.

Kerry - posted on 09/05/2012

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I have used the Nuby bottles, the teat is very breast like in shape, I have the fastflow 6 month teats. My daughter only has one bottle a day, the rest of her feeds are breast but after trying avent and tommee tippee she took to these. She is six and a half months old now, but since buying the Nuby, Avent have changed their bottles, look on their website, the design is definately more breast like. Hope this helps :-)

Gabrielle - posted on 09/05/2012

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We used Avent and never had any confusion. One thing we did try was having my husband be the bottle feeder, both to make bottle-feeding very different from mommy nursing, but also so that he could experience feeding his child and be able to help me out. When my little one was nursing (5 years ago), Babies R Us had something where you could try different brands of bottles and bring back the ones that didn't work.

Jessica - posted on 09/05/2012

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My very very boob addicted baby would only take avent bottles. We tried at least 6 or seven other cheaper brands before we got to avent and that is the one she like the best! good luck I had to start with slow flow at first even though she was nearly 8 months old. I think it made it more similar to BF

Suzanna - posted on 09/05/2012

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It really depends on the baby. Mine did fine even younger with the cheapest bottle nipple available. Until my milk dried up inexplicably, she got one pumped bottle a day from her dad so I could get more sleep. If you've got a lactation consultant available in your area, you might give a call. That would probably be your best source of advice.

Ammie - posted on 09/05/2012

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It does depend on your baby, neither of my boys took to bottle feeding. Might maybe have a no spill sippy handy.

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