Will the baby stops sucking breasts if feeding bottle is introduced to it?

Mercy - posted on 09/09/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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If mother's milk is taken through breast pump (she can't suck well) and given to the baby in feeding bottle will the baby stops sucking breasts and seek only bottle?

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Celeste - posted on 09/09/2011

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Pumped milk is still definitely better than formula. The difference between pumped milk and directly from the breast is that the pump doesn't have baby's saliva to get the antibodies they need.

Pumping is hard to maintain a supply. Babies get more milk from the breast. It's also normal when pump output decreases. This *IS NOT* indicative of supply however.

How I got my baby back to the breast:
-Lots of skin to skin. Baby in just a diaper, mom with no shirt and no bra. Put baby on mom's chest. This helped A LOT.

-Pumping to get letdown and then try

-Putting milk on nipples to try to get baby to nurse

-breast compressions http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=com_...

And I think the most important thing that I found was to watch for cues of hunger. Crying is a late sign of hunger. When I waited too long, it made it harder and that session went down the tubes.

It took us close to 2 months but he was able to get back to the breast!

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♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 09/12/2011

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There's a thread on this forum for breastfeeding help. There are links for Australia and Canada as well as the States

User - posted on 09/12/2011

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Call a local La Leche Leader to get help with this sooner rather than later. www.llli.org will get you started. Good luck Keep that baby skin to skin as much as possible

Cara - posted on 09/12/2011

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Not necessarily. My oldest didn't latch right when i first started nursing. I was so very sore and was bleeding i was cracked so bad. I finally just gave in to her having a bottle for 1 day so i could keep lanolin on my nipples for that day and try again the next. They told me all day that she wouldn't nurse if i did that but she had no problem at all. My 2nd daughter also had expressed milk in a bottle in her first week of life and some here and there since and has no trouble what-so-ever with nursing and still much prefers the boob over the bottle.

MOMMBY Mom - posted on 09/11/2011

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Please refer to http://mommby.com/Breastfeeding_and_Bott... article for some information.
If you have to introduce a bottle but you really want to breastfeed then I would recommend putting your baby on after you feed a bottle and pumping while or as close to your baby's bottle feeding as possible. It may take some time once your baby is better at sucking to nurse again. My first baby never nursed well at all and I had to use plastic nipple shields so he would think it was similar to bottle nipples. I think we introduced the bottle too early with him. With my second baby she nursed really well and sometimes rejected the bottle. Good luck!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 09/11/2011

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I'm not saying anyone has here, but in the past it seems like if you're not breast feeding you're doing something wrong.

IMO genetics have more to do with the health of a child than if they're breast or bottle fed.

Celeste - posted on 09/11/2011

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Meggy, NO ONE has said that anyone was a bad mother. I'm not sure where that came from?? BTW, I was also formula fed as well as solids at 3 weeks..My mom as well as other moms do the best that they know how at the time..

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 09/11/2011

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Angela, yes breastmilk is better. But when you have no other choice formula is the only other option. My mom didn't have a choice, I'm adopted. Moms who give their babies formula aren't bad moms either.

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Meggy - regardless of your childhood health, it is a proven fact that breastmilk is better than formula. Formula is made from a cow, breastmilk is made from a babe's mother... formula contains chemicals and toxins, breastmilk contains only exactly what your babe needs - no chemicals involved. And the list goes on.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 09/11/2011

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If you want to avoid having more trouble with latching on, try a bottle with a nipple that's closest to a breast. I use both Born free and Avent with my 6 month old for the most help.

You should also try contacting your local La leche league or call a lactation expert from WIC (if you live in the US) or your local hospital. Your daughter's Nurse Practitioner at your pediatrician's office would also be a good place to get help from.

As for the comment about breastmilk being better than formula. I know this is a breastfeeding moms forum, but I was only given formula when I was a baby. The worst I ever had later in life was the chicken pox and a slight case of pnuemonia.

LaLasha - posted on 09/10/2011

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I have heard of mothers being able to astablish a breastfeeding relationship after having an exclusively bottle fed baby however it is harder after 4 months. But try it no harm in trying sns would be a good place to start.

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If babe is having issues at the breast and therefore taking most feedings from a bottle you could use a suplemental nurser instead to keep babe at the breast. It delivers milk via a small tube at your breast at the same time that babe is suckling.

Mercy - posted on 09/09/2011

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Thanks Celeste, you were so deeply explaining all the important aspects.. I haven't thought of the saliva and antibodies. Thanks it was much useful.. :)

Mercy - posted on 09/09/2011

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If really breastfeeding provides some goodness to the baby or mother's milk pumped in bottle can give the same goodness? How did you got your baby back to breast?

Celeste - posted on 09/09/2011

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Yes, some babies who are introduced to a bottle may stop nursing. This is nipple confusion (or nipple preference). A bottle is easier to get the milk out of as opposed to the breast.

However, it is possible to get baby to the breast even if baby prefers the bottle (one of my twins developed nipple confusion, but was able to get him back to the breast)

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