Bottle feeding mum wanting to breast feed again!

Madison - posted on 11/23/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hi there. My daughter is 10 weeks old and as of late I'm finding it very hard to take the criticism I am facing about the fact that I bottle feed my daughter and have done since she was 2 and a half weeks old. The only reason I'm not exclusively breast feeding is because after I had her I was hospitalised and antibiotics meant I couldn't feed her and when I stopped antibiotics she wouldn't take the breast! I wanted to know if any of you mums out there have made the switch back to breast after a substantial period of time.

I might add I am 18 so the fact that I bottle feed and am young seems to be a target for a lot of the criticism.

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Jennifer - posted on 11/28/2010

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i can't offer advice from experience but i do know it is possible. definitely seek out a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC (international board certified lactation consultant) because they have more training and experience.

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/relact...

it will not be easy, but with enough determination, and support you definitely can do it! good luck :)

Holly - posted on 11/28/2010

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My son was in the NICU for 4 days after he was born so he was pretty much exclusively bottle-fed, but my breastmilk. Now, I continue to feed him both via breast and via bottle, especially because he's going to be going to daycare soon and will need to take the bottle from them. What I found works to get him to breastfeed for me is the use of a nipple shield. This especially helps if they have difficulty latching on (my son did as his lower chin is pushed back a little). After some practice with that, you should be able to eventually pull the shield and go naturally, but it is worth a shot. I'd also seek the help of a lactation consultant as they can give you tips and pointers. When I saw one they said to kind of touch the nipple to the baby's nose, and then drag it down straight into the mouth. Good luck!

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Whitney M - posted on 03/28/2013

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i was wording my baby is five months old and i still have breast milk is it ok to let her try it now

Maree - posted on 12/08/2011

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Not sure what antibiotics you were on but are you sure you couldn't bf while on them...???

I guess it's too late now but i would definately make sure you trust whatever doctor told you that you couldn't bf.

I say this because i had a c-section,was on Morphene(as well as very strong pain killers) for the first week and breast fed while on it....it was no problem,the hospital obviously put me on it knowing i was bf-ing and my Obstetrician and my daughters Paediatrician also said it's fine.

A friend of mine recently stopped bf-ing because she was put on Morphene after she had another type of surgery. She thought that the Morphene was dangerous for the baby,I don't know who told her this but it isn't correct. I'm just saying as an example because a lot of people think certain antibiotics are dangerous when they are not.

User - posted on 12/08/2011

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im trying to do the same with my 10 week old...did you ever get her to go back to breastfeeding? if so how did you do it

Gina - posted on 11/29/2010

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just do wot u feel comfortable with not because u are gettin critiscised my son i did 50/50 breast and formula till he was 5 months old =i did this with him has found it 2 stress full feedin him with breast all the time .......... wot type ov bottles are u usein has with my dauhter who is now 6months old she will only drink out ov tommee tippie bottles u cud try expressin and give her these bottle till she is used 2 them and graduly introduce your nipple again .........keep doin plenty ov skin 2 skin 2

Brittany - posted on 11/28/2010

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It's very possible and it's great that you want to try again! you will actually have a much easier time relactating since your baby is under 4 months old.
The suggestions above me are right on. Skin to skin, try to get baby to latch on even if you don't have milk yet. That will get the milk to come in faster than anything. Pumping will also help if baby gets frustrated when there is no milk. If your baby takes a pacifier, try taking away the pacifier and just letting her nurse on you instead.

Here is a link to a blog of a woman who just started trying to re-lactate also but her daughter is 7 months old. Hopefully you find it helpful. http://relactatingmama.blogspot.com/2010...

If you look up "relactation" on google, there is lots of great info on it. Also, definitely get in touch with a Lactation consultant. Relax! Stress decreases milk supply to begin with. I don't think you will have a hard time getting this to work if it's what you really want. Good luck =)

Ania - posted on 11/28/2010

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If you want to do this on your own, just be patient and relax every time you want your baby to latch. try different positions lie down a nd put your little one on top of you get a little skin to skin with her and put her head close to your nipple, hopefully she will grab it. It might take some time, so just hang out with her. If this doesn't work try to latch her many times a day. I also have one question for you, what kind of nipple did you use on a bottle/ fast or slow? if fast switch to a slow one it is going to be harder to get the milk out and then after few days try to switch to a boob, meanwhile try every time to latch her. It takes a lot of patience and sometimes time, but just relax it will work. It would be great if you could use some lactation consultant go to www.kellymom.com this website is amazing and will give you a lot of information. Good luck

Celeste - posted on 11/23/2010

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Sorry you're being criticized. Unfortunately, seems like once you become a mom, people think they can voice their opinions. All moms face this, whether you're young or not!

For future reference, if you have to take antibiotics, the vast majority are OK to take while nursing. You can go here to see if it's safe or not:
http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/ht...

To get her back to the breast, a few things you can do (One of of my twin boys had nipple confusion after being given the bottle)
-Skin to skin-you with no shirt and no bra, baby in just a diaper
-Pump to get letdown going and then try to latch
-Breast compressions
-Put milk on your nipples

One thing I found was to attempt to nurse when you see FIRST signs of hunger. Crying is a late sign of hunger and it might be difficult to get her to latch.

Hang in there!

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