I'm trying to get my breast fed baby to feed from the bottle with breastmilk also...

Carly - posted on 12/03/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My 6 and a half month old has been only breastfed and I am trying to use bottles now for the convenience. I am using expressed breast milk but he just keeps crying and wont take it. Do I persist and until he does have it and not give him anything else in the hope that he will take it because he is hungry?? It is tempting to just end up giving him the breast when he is crying for it but will this make him just persist anytime he sees the bottle because he knows he will eventually get the breast??? Please help.

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Rosie - posted on 12/08/2009

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i breastfed till 9months, then i decided to stop. my son (who was eating 3 solid meals a day) refused to take a bottle. It took about 2 days, i just only offered the bottle, and he refused, so he got no milk! After 2 days, he gladly took the bottle, and loved it ever since. I could only do this, because he was properly weaned and i knew he was getting enough food from his solid diet.

Kathleen - posted on 12/03/2009

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Do you really want to take her off the breast? When the baby sucks on your nipple he stimulates your brain to increase the supply of milk. Using a pump or expressing milk by hand removes this stimulation and will contribute to your milk drying up. Babies have a reflex to suck, above and beyond what they need to get nourishment. That extra sucking if often satisfied with pacifiers which can also encourage milk to dry up. That extra sucking that breastfed babies do is for the purpose of maintaing your milk supply. In just afew more months your baby may be able to take a sippy cup

Kellyn - posted on 12/03/2009

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What I would try is to nurse him to the point of contentment but not so much that he's full (so maybe only half the feeding, or a little more than half) and then try feeding the rest in the bottle (either right away or waiting about an hour) and trying again when he's not so distraught and hungry. I have found that my daughter takes to change better when she's happy (or at least not sad). Just an idea!

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Carlie - posted on 12/08/2009

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I also had the same problem my son did not want the bottle so my mom bought him a cup and he will eat from the cup since . I first bought different tit but he did not like any of them, so i suggest you introduce him to the cup and see how it goes.

Kayla - posted on 12/07/2009

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I started off with me being the breast feeder and my husband with a bottle with breast milk. That way my child took both and also knew who gave him what. my daughter had trouble taking the bottle all the time, but i just had to remember childern do not starve themselves. I did have to take alot of breathers when she would cry for the nipple. Soon enough she gave in and took the bottle. Stress free and god was the biggest part of me not loosing my head. Keep in there what your doing sounds good, just keep at it. Train him now that he only gets what you give him and not what he wants. Good luck and God bless.

Mia - posted on 12/07/2009

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First of all my hat is off to you Carly for breastfeeding, it's hard painful, time consuming, but the best thing for your baby. I would seriously consider breastfeeding for a little while longer if you can. If you have to go back to work that's one thing, but breast milk is gold.
I did both(bottles of formula too) only b/c I had to, my milk never really came in. I pumped my poor boobs off with a hospital style pump. But I made sure he got every little drop !! I also cried every day b/c I felt like I somehow messed up, failed my little guy.
maybe this is too much info, but if you're just looking to go to a bottle I'd pump to a bottle and then when he's on sneak in the bottle. i would do this gradually . He'll get used to it. Also there are some nipples that are most like the real thing, you might want to try those. But this takes time, so set goals for yourself of when to start etc..
good luck and if you can keep giving him breastmilk !! It's best for him !!

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With my first I finally ended up getting her to take the bottle by squirting some expressed breast milk into her mouth from the bottle whilst she was crying... then she realised what it was & would suck on the bottle. I did small amount in the bottle at first & the rest with breast until she got used to the bottle then started skipping 1 BF per day for a day or two then increase it so my milk dried up without having them feel like they're going to explode LOL. I used a teat/nipple which is more like a breast nipple, it was a pigeon peristaltic nipple, it stretches quite differently to normal teats. Also when moving onto forumula, it did help getting someone else to feed her the bottle so she couldn't smell my milk. :)

Michelle - posted on 12/03/2009

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I would try getting someone else to feed him. That is what I had to do for my little girl. I also had to switch bottles. It took us close to two weeks before she would take the bottle well before I went back to work. She wanted hers warmed as well and then she took it much better, which you are probably already doing.
Hope this helps

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I had the same issue with my daughter, she is now 16 months. We decided to skip the bottle completely and went straight to a sippy cup. I do recommend getting a good quality cup with a soft spout to start with. She still nurses and using a cup like a pro now but when she was younger nursing was always her first choice.

Stephanie - posted on 12/03/2009

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i basically tricked my son...i would hook him up to my breast...let him get going for a minute or two then unlatch him from my breast and quickly put the bottle in his mouth... After he realized that the bottle did the same thing my breast did he was fine...took maybe two or three times of this and the bottle alone from dady was no problem at all...good luck and just be patient...6 months of the same thing is hard to switch in just a few trys...just keep doing and and eventually he will get the idea

Wendy - posted on 12/03/2009

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i had the same problem. try a small free flow spouted cup instead of a bottle. it seemed to work very well for us pretty much right away.

Christi - posted on 12/03/2009

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My daughter never did take a bottle well, but she would occasionally let my husband feed her (expressed milk) from the MAM brand "anti-colic" bottle. I think, because I'm a large breasted woman, that the MAM is closer to "me" in that it's squishier :) We used the wide mouthed one. She switched to her current double-handled sippy cup pretty early on with no problem and hasn't looked back... My advice, like many, is to keep trying different bottles and make sure to try when he isn't super hungry (like mid feeding) so his initial reaction is easier. Good luck!

Renada - posted on 12/03/2009

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My daughter is almost 3 months and I just went back to work. The easiest thing I did was allow someone else to feed him because he does know your scent. I used regular nipples from the dollar store and she takes them just as good as any nipple. My mom sometime let her smell the bottle first because of the scent of the breastmilk so you can try that too

Melanie - posted on 12/03/2009

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I agree with the other moms that switching to a cup might work. What finally worked for me with both my sons was the Adiri Natural Nurser - I found it on Amazon. They're pretty pricey, but since it was just for occasional use, I only had 2 of them. For some reason, the design of the bottle was more condusive to switching back and forth than other ones (cause trust me, I tried just about every bottle on the market). And if you have someone in your life who can help - husband, parent, friend - have them try to give him the bottle with you not even in the room - it may take a little while, but if they can be patient, he won't starve himself, he may fuss, but he'll get it eventually!! Hang in there, lots of us have been there and it does get easier!

Ashli - posted on 12/03/2009

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try using different nipples till you find the right one. I found that playtex(with the bags) had the only nipple my son liked , it was the closest to a real one as possible. Its kinds flat where the others are just round,

Chama - posted on 12/03/2009

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you may have to have someone feed him the bottle and you leave the house. they can smell you. my daughter is the same way. she won't take a breast bottle if i'm in the house. they know. call the lactionist if you can't get him to take. they you have to keep trying and work on it. but if you're doing it he knows you;re the the real thing.

Karen Lee - posted on 12/03/2009

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When I was breast feeding my daughter, I bought some Adiri brand bottles. You can get them at Babies-R-Us for about $12 a pc. They have a similar shape and feel to breasts and come in different stages for flow rate. We were fortunate that she was able to make the transition from breast to bottle so easily. I believe the design of the bottle had a lot to do with that. Good luck!

Andrea - posted on 12/03/2009

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contrats on BF for 6.5 months, if you can go a little further you can begin to introduce a cup. Keep it going if you can... another option is to offer the bottle from someone other then you, husband, sibling. good luck!

Emily - posted on 12/03/2009

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I actually had the opposite problem. I have always heard people say that it helps to switch from the nipple to the bottle while they are eating. Don't switch positions or anything, just pull your nipple out and set the bottle's nipple next to or in front of your own. Your baby may get pretty mad so wait until he is halfway done with his meal.

Karen - posted on 12/03/2009

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my daughter would never take it from a bottle but from 4 months i gave it to her from a beaker as well as breast feeding and she was fine. My husband fed her the first few times with it because she would not take it from me like that straight away as she could smell it in me

Emily - posted on 12/03/2009

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I would definatley reccommend that you try using a cup rather than a bottle. A breast fed baby uses a different sucking action than is required by a bottle. Try offering a small amount at a time too, this way you won't feel to have wasted any of your milk if he still refuses it. He will eventually learn, but it could take some patience.

Emma - posted on 12/03/2009

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Have you tried getting someone else to do it? My girls refused to take a bottle from me but of i left the room they would from my husband then after a while they would take a bottle from me.

Karen - posted on 12/03/2009

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Hi my daughter had trouble with bottles (having been completely breast feed) at first because with breast feeding, milk only comes each time the baby sucks. In comparison to a bottle where the milk just flows out at a rate. Bub can get a bit overwhelmed if to fast or frustrated if to slow. You can try checking the flow on the teat (I'm sure you know you can get fast flow or slow flow) maybe bub prefers the other type to what you have. I found with Tianna the best was a cross cut teat because it worked the same as a breast and only released milk when the baby sucked and was shaped like a nipple. Best was the pigeon brand for us. I think the symbol is located on the right hand side of the teat packet and it looks like: X
Although the first teat we bought I had to run the end of the bottle brush through the cross and squeeze the tip a few times because it was a bit to hard to get milk out. Hope it helps, good luck

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My first wouldn't take a normal bottle, I think it may have been the speed he wanted to feed at, he finally drank from a Tommy tippy Nuby cup it has a silicone sippy cup shaped teet, rather than nipple shaped. You can see it at the below website.
http://www.tommeetippee.com.au - Twin Handle Cup with Silicone Spout (6m+, 210ml)
(CODE: 405489)
Good luck, hope this helps.

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