Breast to Bottle

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I know this is a debating board but other boards seem to have some stupid people on them so i am coming here looking for help.
I'm currently EBF. My son is 5 months and i want him to take a bottle ( Not formula) so as i can get some time to myself, But he won't he hates it and just screams when i try and feed him with one. I was just wondering if any of you other mums have any idea how i might be able to get him to take the bottle? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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Mrs. - posted on 11/26/2010

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Oh no, Shannon, I know mom's who can't get there little ones to drink the bottle are not full of shit. I've seen it with a friend and her child. The baby just would not do it and she was chained to the kid for over a year without options. I was just hoping this wasn't the case with the original poster and maybe she could try what worked for me.

I do think though that, it is with some babies, something you gotta start from the get go. My mother warned me and my friend with the non bottle taking baby warned me-introduce the bottle in the very beginning or she may never take it. Now, that may not be true but I didn't want to take the chance.

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Since my girls would take a bottle from the beginning (the dozen or so times they had one) and I only tried once to give my son a bottle (2 months old... he thought I was crazy)... I don't have any practical advice. Just wanted to wish you luck!

Johnny - posted on 11/26/2010

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I had quite a bit of luck with the Playtex, I think they were called "Closest to Mom" or something like that. She wouldn't take any of the other bottles, even though I did start them from about day 4. These are latex nipples that are quite soft and pliable in the mouth. I would also check the lipase thing too, I've known a few people who have had that issue. Good luck! A break is a big necessity :))

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I saw the NZ 'Baby Whisperer' talk about this a couple of months ago on the local morning tv show. She recommended the teats that are straight up and down (as opposed to the tommy tippee type round ones) because they're less likely to flex out of the babies mouth....or something like that. And she said these ones that were beige coloured (don't know a brand sorry) and straight up and down were the most similar to nipple texture. Hope that helps. My girl was ebf for 5 months but would take a bottle. I don't know what exactly we did. Just keep persevering. I know its annoying though when you spend time expressing and then they won't take it.

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Sorry Yeah stored in both depending on when it might be used. Mostly though it's in the freezer. I have just tried the heating on the stove and this time he seemed a little bit more interested.
It's not that he doesn't want the milk though, It's that he doesn't try and suck on the teat at all he just plays with it in his mouth. Pushes it from side to side with his tongue and then what ever has dripped out he will push the teat right out and swallow. Frustrating as hell but i think with a bit of patience and persistance we will get there.

Rebecca. I uses to think that women who said that their babies wouldn't take the bottles were full of shit that they just hadn't tried hard enough. Boy was i wrong. With my 1st 2 there was no problems they loved the bottle and the breast so it was easy. This is a whole new learning curve for me with this baby.

Charlie - posted on 11/25/2010

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Shannen do you store the milk in the fridge or freezer ? If so make sure you check the lipase just in case it could be as simple as scalding the milk first :D

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Thank you everyone.
I have the Tommy Tippee Bottles.
I have tried every sort of teat they have available in stores in Australia.
I have left the house a couple of times and given the bottles and baby to hubby and told him to try. He didn't succeed as he has a very short temper and gets frustrated easily. I will have to try it with my mum because she is so calm with the baby.
I gave him a sippy cup the other day to see what he would do and i was suprised he liked and took to it better then the bottles. he actually put it to his mouth by himself but was a little stumped after that.
I have just looked up those Born Free ones and i think i have one more option to try before being chained to my baby until he takes a cup :(
I'm going to see if i can find the teats that mimick a sippy cup but a very soft like a teat and also the heating of the milk.
Again thank you everyone and more tips and hints for me to try ( if there are any) would be awesome.

Mrs. - posted on 11/25/2010

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Most "EBF" moms I know seem to have this prob. The ones who switched it up from the start don't. A bit of a paradox once the ball is rolling though.

What kind of bottles are you using? I mainly breast fed for the first 3 months with the exception of a formula feed at night. I found with some bottles she would not drink much or very little. For her, it came down to the nipple. I noticed that when she fed from my breast, there would sometimes be a little mark on the top of her lip where the breast sort of sat. I experimented with a couple different brand nipples and bottles, none of the nipples really looked like actual natural nipples. I picked up the Born Free brand nipples and bottles on a reco. She loved them and what is kinda funny is that, they left that same little mark from sucking on her upper lip that the breast did. Don't know what country you are asking from but if it is in North America, I'd check out those Born Free nipples. And no, I don't work for them.

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Leave...not the house, but leave baby in a room with your partner or someone. When he gets hungry, see if he will take the bottle from someone else. My daughter was okay with taking bottles from other people but not me, because she was like, "Mom just give it to me from the source." Eventually she did take bottles from me, but not until others had given them to her.

Stifler's - posted on 11/25/2010

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I used to hold Logan down like as if he was being breastfed and slip the bottle in to get him to take it. But he was like 2 weeks old then.

Charlie - posted on 11/25/2010

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Also Im not sure what bottles you use but Tommy tippee make bottles that closely resemble a breast , my boys prefered this .

Jodi - posted on 11/25/2010

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I EBF'd my daughter until about 6 months when we started some solids. I never had luck giving her a bottle at all! But anyone else could, though she wouldn't take the "full" feed, she'd take enough for me to not worry and for her to be full and comforted. Perhaps let someone else give him a bottle and see if he takes it for them?

Charlie - posted on 11/25/2010

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Is the milk frozen then reheated ? because sometimes whe pumped and stored it can contain lipase it can can give the milk an unpalatable metallic flavor in just a few hours. This is because lipase, an enzyme that aids in the digestion of fats, begins to break down the fat in stored breast milk. The fat contributes to breast milk’s appealing flavor, so when the lipase breaks down the fat before consumption, your baby may not like the taste.

This is pretty common , One method that has been suggested by some breastfeeding mothers for preventing this is to briefly scald the milk. Just let it get hot enough for the edges of the pan to bubble a little and then quickly turn off the heat and cool the milk. This will be such a brief heating that the breast milk will retain it’s protective immunity factors and its nutritional value, but keep it’s flavor from spoiling.

Dana - posted on 11/25/2010

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First what is EBF?

Also, it would help if others tried to feed him breast milk out of the bottle first. He might possibly take it from you in a bottle eventually but, it's hard for them to settle for a bottle of breast milk, when they know the good stuff is right there.

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