BF to Bottle

Vicky - posted on 03/07/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )




What is the best way to introduce my 2nd child to bottle? I didnt have enough milk for my first so he took to the bottle almost straight away. ( he was almost a year old) My 2nd is 7 months and as i have been stressed i dont have enough milk for him but he wont take a bottle.


Katie - posted on 03/08/2011




I introduced my daughter to a bottle when she was 4 weeks old. She only had expressed milk in it though. The best time to introduce your baby to a bottle is between 4-6 weeks. Breastfeeding is well established, so they won't get nipple confusion. The longer you wait to introduce a bottle, the more likely they are to refuse it. My daughter hardly ever has had a bottle since she was 6 months old, so every time I try to give her one, she's got to figure out how it works again. I used the Breastflow bottle for my daughter and she did great with them. Very few women don't have enough milk for their babies. If he's growing fine, and happy after a feeding, then your milk supply is prob fine. If your concerned, increase feeding to increase your milk.


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Celeste - posted on 03/08/2011




First, what's making you think you don't have enough? Before switching him to a bottle completely, let's figure out what's going on. Many times, moms just don't know what to look for. The *BEST* way to know if your supply is plenty is diaper count. As long as he's getting plenty of diapers, your supply is fine.

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Most women at some point or another are worried about low milk supply and most stop because of it. It sounds like hes not ready, if he doesn't want to take to a bottle. I regret stopping at 10 months with my son. Now that I look back on it, I don't think he was ready but I was worried that I wouldn't be able to pump at my new job.

Lori - posted on 03/07/2011




I don't have an answer for you as my 2nd will also not take a bottle. But La Leche League has some suggestions that help support breasfeeding even though you're introducing a bottle.

And as he is 7 months now, have you tried a sippy cup? Or a regular cup and have him try to drink that way? He doesn't have to use a bottle.

AND - what is leading you to think you don't have enough milk for him anymore? It's possible, but if you've had enough for him for 7 months you probably still do have enough.

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