Bottle vs Breast

Stephanie - posted on 07/24/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Since i've been off this summer I've only been breastfeeding my 5 mo. old daughter. Now that I need to go back to work she won't take the bottle anymore. Anyone have any tricks that i could try to get her to take the bottle again?

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Tricia - posted on 07/25/2009

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If your daughter takes a pasifier you might want to try the same brand of bottle. My daughter went through four brands before we found one she liked.

Stephanie - posted on 07/25/2009

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Thanks ladies, I will definetly look into these things. My hubby is the one who has been trying to give her the bottle but he really isn't patient so he gives up. We've been fortunate for Mykeia hardly ever cries, but since we've started to try to put her back on the bottle we've found she has a good set of lungs. And this isn't what we are use to. I will keep you posted on what seemed to work.

Tamara - posted on 07/24/2009

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Some don't take to the bottle. Mine never did. You can use other methods to get breastmilk to your daughter besides the bottle. My personal favorite is using a cup with a straw. The same sucking motions used on the straw are very similar to those used to draw milk from your breast. You can also do finger feeding, syringe feeding, dropper feeding, spoon feeding, or cup feeding.

Kellymom has excellent links on how to use these methods. I hope you find them helpful. http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/alter...

Juli - posted on 07/24/2009

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my son is brestfed and will not have a bottle hes now 5 months 1 week, iv got him a 1st sippy cup for babys, its got a flopy rubbler top and hes doing really well with it and wow it gives my boobs a break lol

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The Breastflow bottles are good. My son also took the Adiri brand bottles really well. Just wondering, have you been trying to give her a bottle yourself or having someone else bottle-feed her? I don't know about your daughter, but my son - even now at 10 months, and despite being in daycare - will not take a bottle if he knows I am near. He'd rather get his milk from the source. I'd try letting someone bottle-feed her when you're not around.

Kimberly - posted on 07/24/2009

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I had the same problem with my daughter Lauren. She never took the bottle, even from people other than me. It was very frustrating. I know Esther recommended a bottle that is shaped liked the breast. You can purchase it on Onestepahead.com. Give it a try, my daughter didnt like it but yours might. Fortunately, my daycare was right around the corner from my school so during prep and lunch I went to feed her. Then at around four months or so my sitter gave her breast milk by spoon. Hope this helps.

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im for both.. i breastfed my daughter exclusively untill she was 16 weeks.. she was starving and feeding every 2 hours for a week and i was not producing enough milk so i had to supplement with formula once a day... 2 weeks later she was all formula and much happier... i wasnt though :) lol.. i think that at the end of the day whatever works for you is the best for you. i personally would have liked to breastfeed for ALOT longer.. but i was not going to let my daughter starve just so i could say (i breastfed for longer and she got ''the best'' for longer).. believe me the thought crossed my mind..hehe.. but being sensible i knew i had to give her formula.. well sorry about the rant.. i think i have gone way of subject...ermm.. to answer your question.. tommee tippee do a closer to nature range and the teets are very close to nipples.. my daughter took them with no trouble :) xx

Joanie - posted on 07/24/2009

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They make a breastflow bottle that is supposed to work just like the breast. Try having someone else give her the bottle with you out of the room. She associates you with breastfeeding and may not take a bottle from you right away

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