bottle feeding a breastfed baby

Maddy - posted on 05/29/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )




I want to give my 5 month old daughter the occasional bottle of expresed milk, but she won't take any type of bottle... any ideas?


Charlotte - posted on 05/30/2009




my girl seems to do better on the cheap older style bottles, she is slowly gettin there, only a few sucks at a time but wont suck the avent bottle at all. found that with the non spill bottles she cant suck hard enough to get anything out.

[deleted account]

As another aussie here Maddy- a friend reccommended the Tomme tippie closer to nature nipple as the closest to a breast one could get..


View replies by

Jacklynn - posted on 05/31/2009




I've had the same issue. I was told to try the Playtex nurser...imitates the same milk flow as breast milk. I've also heard that the Dr. Brown's bottles work very well for this problem. My son is 9 months old. He drinks water from a sippy cup, but he outright refuses breast milk from ANY container...he wants it fresh from the well only. :)
The above options haven't really worked for me, BUT they have worked for other mom's I've talked to. Good luck...I know it can be frustrating.

Sherry - posted on 05/30/2009




My son loves the NUK Orthodontic nipple...its larger with a wide base to similate breast. Good luck!

Alix - posted on 05/30/2009




my son is the same way! he wants nothing to do with a bottle but sometimes he will play and chew on a soppy cup, i cant remember what kind it is but it has two handles so its easy for him to hold and the top is squishy like a bottle....

Sarah - posted on 05/30/2009




My little girl, also 5 months, won't drink from a bottle either. I give her water from a cup and she drinks it quite happily.

Guggie - posted on 05/29/2009




Have you tried a sippy cup? Or a straw cup? A plastic nipple requires sucking, which is a different position, angle and motion than suckling.

DD will chew on her bottle nipple...which is still effective. Or I just give it to her in a cup.

Maddy - posted on 05/29/2009




i just saw the adiri when i was searching online... but in Australia it's very hard to find both the adiri and the playtex... and when you do they're quite expensive!!! But i've managed to e-bay a few new kinds of bottles... so we'll see!!!

Amelia - posted on 05/29/2009




i also had to use latex son would NOT take a silicone nipple. after he got used to the latex he takes just about anything now. have you tried the adiri bottle? it's supposed to be just like the son did not take to it but i hear most babies do. they are a bit expensive though, like $12 for 1 bottle.

Heather - posted on 05/29/2009




Have you tried the playtex big nipple bottles? My son is breast fed I tried all sorts of nipples and I got a playtex big nipple it looks like a breast it is alot easier for him to latch on to.The other nipples i tried were just to small for him to latch on too.He likes his bottle now when he gets one.

Sara - posted on 05/29/2009




My daughter used Platex and had no problems. Then I had my son - it should be just as easy right? Ha! Of course he didn't latch on to the bottles, dribbling much of that precious pumped milk down his chest. Then I switched to the Platex Latex nipples. I don't think you can buy them with the bottle, you may have to just buy them seperately. They worked like a charm for him. And now having used both options, I can see why a breastfed baby would have a hard time with silicone nipples. The latex ones are just so much softer, much more flexible - seems to me it would feel a lot more like the real thing than silicone. :-)

Monica - posted on 05/29/2009




I don't have any advice, I was wondering the same thing. My little one will not take any type of bottle, I have tried every type that my store offers! And I do not give her the bottles, her daddy does. It's fine now, but when I go back to work she'll need to take the bottle. We are sticking with Avent because her sister liked that bottle best, and are just going to give her a bottle a day and hope she eventually accepts it. Good luck to you.

Allison - posted on 05/29/2009




It's a good idea to have someone other than you give her the bottle, and make sure you aren't around. Also make sure that person knows how a breastfed babies should be latching correctly and encourages baby to latch similarly on the bottle nipples as she does on you. There are some good bottles made for breastfed babies: I used Advent.

Also, check out the Bottlefeeding a Breastfed Baby article at - click on breastfeeding (upper left of the navigation bar on the left), then scroll down to Pumping and Bottle Feeding. Click. The article should be there.

Good luck!

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms