Bottlefeeding as from when?

Patricia - posted on 06/29/2011 ( 30 moms have responded )

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My Baby is turning 5 months. I breastfeed only. As from which month should I consider giving her a extra bottle? She is growing and is healthy (5 kilos).

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Colleen - posted on 07/12/2011

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Im a qualified La Leche League breasfeeding support worker and everything Tina has jus said id totally true. Dont supplement let ur baby nurse often and ur body will take care of the rest.

Melissa - posted on 07/04/2011

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I have breastfed 4 kids exclusively and have never given a bottle. Once my kids were old enough to be left with someone, they were old enough to drink out of a cup and go a few hours without nursing...

It was said by someone else on this thread also, but breastmilk is 100% of the nutrition that a baby needs for the first year (and at minimum the forst 6 months) and solids are not suposed to replace breastmilk at all but are just to experience tastes and textures which is another reason that mushy bland baby food are the worse first foods!

All my children started solids when they were past 9 months and my biggest baby (10lbs at birth and 44lbs by a year) was the baby that started latest and didn't have one bite of food until he was 11 months... people kept on saying that he was so big that he needed to eat because breastmilk was not enough... even though it was breastmilk alone that got him to that weight!

Really, there is no need for a bottle...

Tina - posted on 07/12/2011

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bottle of formula??? dont give her formula if you are breastfeeding unless you have a specific reason. If you are breastfeeding, let her nurse as long as she is hungry. Her body will know how much to eat to fill her needs and your breasts will make as much milk as she demands. When I was nursing, the recommended age for starting solids was 6 months. Mostly due to the drop in iron from your milk and the baby needs the iron. So it was recommended to start rice cereal at around 6 months for the iron but I nursed for more than a year with all my kids. I completely believe that mothers milk is the 100% best food for a baby. Introduce foods a little at a time. Rice cereal is a great start because it is fortified with necessary vitamins and minerals but is a food that most all babies can tolerate. Keep on nursing your baby unless you need to use a bottle and then you can still pump if you would like. Don't feel like you need to supplement with formula. The less you nurse the less milk you will produce! I would suggest le leche league for breastfeeding consultation. They are pretty much specialists in that area and FREE!

Shannon - posted on 07/04/2011

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@ Mia--I just wanted to respond that most peds are WOEFULLY unprepared to give moms adequate breastfeeding support/knowledge. They get little to no training on it in med school, which is a crying shame. The American Academy of Pediatrics also still recommends delaying intro of solids at 6 mos. The 4 mos was a previous guideline that is now outdated, from my understanding. But things are always changing...I would be sad if they reverted back to the 4 month early push. I would love to know which studies your ped is referring to, if you know off-hand. Here is the AAP rec:
"Exclusive breastfeeding is ideal nutrition and sufficient to support optimal growth and development for approximately the first 6 months after birth.100 Infants weaned before 12 months of age should not receive cow's milk feedings but should receive iron-fortified infant formula.101 Gradual introduction of iron-enriched solid foods in the second half of the first year should complement the breast milk diet.102,103 It is recommended that breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months, and thereafter for as long as mutually desired.104"

http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi...

It really depends on the child and their interest too. My oldest was grabbing food and eating it off our plates at 5 mos and we followed his cues, but my second was still on mostly breastmilk at 12 mos w/ some solids to supplement. Again, we followed her cues. A child is NOT in danger if they are mostly receiving breastmilk at a year or even beyond. Breastmilk is always optimal. Today? They are both happy and healthy at 7 and 5 yrs. ;)

I found this breakdown of breastmilk composition for the 12-23 month old interesting:

"In the second year (12-23 months), 448 mL of breastmilk provides:
29% of energy requirements,
43% of protein requirements,
36% of calcium requirements,
75% of vitamin A requirements,
76% of folate requirements,
94% of vitamin B12 requirements,
60% of vitamin C requirements (Dewey 2001).

Dewey KG. Nutrition, Growth, and Complementary Feeding of the Breastfed Infant. Pediatr Clinc North Amer. 2001 Feb;48(1):87-104."

I haven't seen any studies relating delayed speech/swallow development as related to delayed intro of solids. I am an Speech Language Pathologist in my "spare time" and most kids w/ food aversions or swallowing issues have other developmental delays or conditions going on. I have never heard of a child not eating later or being unable to swallow due to delayed intro. If swallow problems are there, they are there from the outset usually unless something happens to the little one.

@ Leiny--you don't have to just put breastmilk in a bottle. My second never took a bottle w/ a nipple and when we left, sitters/family just used sippy cups, regular cups or even by spoonful depending on age. I know it is hard at that age when you feel like you can't leave your son, but it really DOES get better and he won't be this young forever. Perhaps sneaking out for an hour at a time here and there will get him used to mom being gone and then you can gradually increase the time to a few hours w/ hubby?? Hope you find a solution that works!

Leiny - posted on 07/04/2011

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just to let you knoe i waited to long to give my son a bottle of breast milk that he is now a year and three months old and will only take my breast so, i can't even go out on a date at night with my husband because he will cry all night .... so, if it were you i'd give him a bottle of breast milk from time to time...

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LaLasha - posted on 08/02/2011

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Never and I'd delay solids too just cause she likes to look at you eating doesn't mean she is ready if she is doing normally on breast milk alone then keep that going. Delaying solids will also allow her gut and lower gi to further develop and you can avoid things like diarrhea, diaper rash and constipation that is very common if you introduce early or even at 6 months. food allergies are also cut way down when you delay solids some people delay solids until 1 year and their children are wonderfully healthy, normal development. so if I was you I'd just keep on keeping on because it is clearly working out well.

Katherine - posted on 07/11/2011

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Food is for fun until a year. Up until a year, babies should be on 90% breastmilk or formula. There is no reason to give a bottle, unless you'll be away during a feeding. Your breasts will make enough milk to keep her fed as long as you're nursing on demand.

Amanda - posted on 07/10/2011

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My son is 15 months old he was exclusively breastfed til 6 months then I started with stage 1 baby food, I increased to stage 2 when he was eating 2 jars per sitting and stage 3 when the stage 2's weren't filling him by he was eating regular table food by 12 months and still breastfeeds at night and some during the day.

Erin - posted on 07/06/2011

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my daughter went from the breast to a sippy cup (gradually) and i'm so glad we never had to ween from a bottle. if she breastfeeds well, carry on introducing a sippy cup when she can handle one (in a couple months from now).

Heather - posted on 07/04/2011

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An extra bottle of what? Breastmilk or formula? I would stick with what your doing since your nursing her and it's going well, why change it? My daughter only breastfed until she was 8 months old before having any baby food! Now she's almost 2 and eats most anything!

Colleen - posted on 07/04/2011

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Im a breastmate. A peer support worker for breastfeeding women. U shouldnt need to give your baby another bottle hun. If she seems hungry feed her more often from the breast and your body will adapt to give her what she needs. We go by the WHO standards of no solids til 6 months but i started feeding my 4 around 4 months. Maybe a little mashed banana for brekkie wudnt hurt. Good luck huni. xxxx

Mia - posted on 07/04/2011

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My paed recommended solids from 4months going by latest research but the world health organisation hadn't changed their stance from 6months. I remember the paed saying that by 12months food should be main source of nutrition for a baby, while still continuing with bf/bottles of course. Leaving solid introduction too late can be an issue for their swallowing/speech development as well as their like/dislikes for different types of foods. But the intro of solids between that 4-6month period is guided by your baby how well they sit, head control and their interest in foods. There should be no need for extra feeds at any point really unless they are not gaining weight etc which as you were saying isn't an issue for your bub. If you have concerns about your bub & feeding always check with baby nurse and/or paed.

Katie - posted on 07/03/2011

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I think everyone covered this. You don't need anything extra. Especially if your baby is doing fabulously, like you say. My baby is 14 months and due to my return to work my milk production is low, so we've introduced some cow's milk as well, but he's at an age where that's okay. And I wouldn't if my milk supply wasn't low. I do want to say that someone advised you to give your 5 month old JUICE. Hell no. Please do not give your 5 month old juice. It is not a healthy choice and their teeth will rot out before they even grow in.

Angie - posted on 07/02/2011

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What do you mean by breastmilk not being enough? Your baby is going to be ready to start solids soon, but breastmilk (or formula) should still be their primary nutrition until she's a year old. You don't need to give her any formula, ever, unless you want to, start suffering supply problems, etc.

Sally - posted on 07/02/2011

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BF is not enough for a growing baby when the baby starts grabbing food off your plate and shoving it in their own mouth. Then they will tell you what else they need by eating it. The only reason to give a bottle to baby is if you have left expressed milk for someone else to feed while you are gone.

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What? Never... unless someone else is watching her or something. I guess I don't really understand what you're asking.

Janice - posted on 07/01/2011

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Nothing in formula can compare to breast milk. If she is hungry she will most likely let you know. Personally I did start my daughter on solids 1x a day at about 5 mo. but that mostly because I was away from her for 3 hours 3 days each week and she absolutely refused bottles (pumped breast milk) but was very interested in eating "real" food. I also introduced a sippy cup at this point which had breastmilk or water in it. No child ever needs a bottle. My daughter was BF, had solids and used a sippy cup from 6 months on. If you think she is not eating enough just add another BFing a day.

Joy - posted on 07/01/2011

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You don't need a bottle unless you are away from the baby. Then whoever's giving the infant care will need a bottle of either breastmilk or formula. I work part-time so have daycare for my LO. I was breastfeeding exclusively, pumping at night, then my supply started dwindling and there wasn't enough for daycare. So I got a box of formula and stuck it in the diaper bag along with anything I could pump. I never gave my LO formula and always nursed at the breast when I was (am) with her. I'm letting her self-wean and she has been asking for water every now and then (she's 22 months.)

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My 3 year old son never had a bottle, wasn't eating solids regularly til around/over a year, and nursed til.... well, today. It is good to introduce solids around 6ish months, but they aren't usually NEEDED til a year and as long as your child is growing and thriving.... a bottle is never neccessary (unless your life circumstances dictate otherwise).

Shannon - posted on 07/01/2011

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Breastmilk is always optimal nutrition for a baby, even a toddler. ;) I have nursed my three for 2.5 years when they wean, but technically, when you introduce solids, you are starting the process of weaning. That doesn't mean they are nursing non-stop, mostly at nap and night time after the first year and a half. However, I have always been grateful that they are still nursing whenever a stomach bug hits b/c they tend to keep down breastmilk better than anything else and then at least I have some peace knowing they are getting something!

IMO, breastfed babies never need a bottle of formula if they are otherwise healthy and things are going great. Do you have a La Leche League group close to you? They are a tremendous group of support and wisdom! It is all mother-to-mother support. They would be a great place to discuss the issue more.

www.llli.org

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I wouldn't worry about. Breast milk is great nutrition for the first year and beyond. Solids are just for fun until 1. Then after a year baby will most likely naturally begin to eat more solids. You don't even need to mess with bottles unless you are going away. You could even just use sippy cups for milk/water.

Angela - posted on 07/01/2011

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will you be pumping for the bottle or indurcing formula. breastmilk is just fine for several years. mine where done at 16 18 months old. i started giving them fruits/veggies when they where about 8 months old.

Rachel - posted on 07/01/2011

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I feel like I'm kind of in the same boat but I'm just letting my baby kind of lead. He is 6 months and just become interested in solids, or rather just learned how to swallow food using a spoon. My supply is changing and I'm super full in the mornings. It's funny with him he thinks it's a joke when I give him a bottle but the way I see it, if the check ups are going well and the baby is getting enough, getting the right about iron, etc then giving a bottle with some juice or whatever you would want to put in it would be fine at just about any time now.

Patricia - posted on 07/01/2011

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Thanks to all...just to explain my situation correctly. I BF exclusively and did so with my other two children. I will soon start intruducing solids (she looks at the spoon with big eyes :o). My question rephrased : till when is BF not enough for a growing baby; from which month : 11 months or older should I think of giving her a bottle and still BF? Solids are for later or is the bottle first? I pump some milk off when going away for more than 2hrs, but otherwise I am at hand 24/7 :oD

Ania - posted on 06/29/2011

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Where did you get this idea about extra bottle from. You don't need to give bottles as long as you are exclusively BF. then at 6 months you can start some solids and still BF a lot. Thats all there is

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Unless you need to leave her in the care of someone else during a feeding time... there is never a need for a bottle.

Lucy - posted on 06/29/2011

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There's no reason why she should need a bottle at all, breastmilk certainly seems to be providing all her needs, so I wouldn't go trying to change what's working. It won't be long anyway before you'll be introducing solids, and then that will start to give her extra nutrition too.
Of course, if you mean can you feed her from a bottle, or can someone else do it if you need to leave her to go out, then absolutely :)

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Can you explain a little more? An extra bottle of what? Formula? It doesn't sound like she needs it if she's growing great and doesn't have any issues. Do you need/want to introduce a bottle of pumped milk because you have to be away? Just trying to understand your question a little better :)

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