Tips on Bottle Feeding!!!

Danielle - posted on 09/16/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I was exclusively breastfeeding my 4 month old, but now am trying to introduce pumped milk in a bottle. Sometimes it works, others not. How do I have consistent success with the bottle for nights that I am not home? Any tips!?

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Tiffany - posted on 09/17/2009

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My daughter is now 9 months and I was breast feeding her. I had to completely stop breast feeding before she really started drinking out of the bottle. I think she knew she had the option and made her choice and stuck to it. I had to cut her off all together. I also went out to find a nipple that is n=most like the breast.

Sara - posted on 09/16/2009

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I agree with Julie, I was never able to give either of my kids a bottle. THey both had only breast milk until they were six months old and it was not until I stoped breast feeding them and went to only pumping and giving them only bottles that i was able to get them to take a bottle. The only reason i did this was because they both got their first teeth at like 4 months and started bitting me!



Another good tip is to warm the bottle on the stove, or in one of those bottle warmers, with a electric meat thermometer in the milk that is set to 98.6 degrees. When the milk gets to that temperature (body temperature) I used to notice they took the bottle a lot better!



Good luck! My mother in law is a nurse (not that she knows everything, but i thought is was good advice) she used to tell me to comfort me that if my baby was hungry enough while I was gone, they would take the bottle.



Warmest wishes!

Julie - posted on 09/16/2009

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Try different types of bottles to see what she likes. For my son, it was the First Year Soothie bottles. They have a wide green nipple that are just like the pacifiers you get in the hospital. That was the only pacifier my son ever had, so I think that helped him make the transition. Also, she will probably take a bottle from another person better than she takes it from you, because she can smell your milk.

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