Switching from breast to bottle...

Sarah - posted on 10/17/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My husband and I made the decision to breast feed until 4 months and then wean in order to get pregnant again. For the last coupe of weeks we have been giving one bottle a day to try to get Elliot to warm up to the idea with horrible results. He screams and fights the whole time. Does anyone have any advice?

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Sarah - posted on 10/19/2009

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I realize that you can still get pregnant while breastfeeding... but we are doing the switch so I was wondering if anyone had some ideas or advice..

Liane - posted on 10/19/2009

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continue breast feeding, you can get/be pregnant while breast feeding another child. breast feeding is NOT birth control so it shouldn't matter.

Alicia - posted on 10/18/2009

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My son never took to a bottle (but I did not try very hard) so I only have ideas, but no real advice from the trenches! I think starting w/ breast milk in the bottle is a good idea BUT on the other hand that might just really tick him off!! It might be better to use the bottle for formula so it isn't anything like breastmik. Also have your husband (or someone else) do the bottles at the beginning..if you are not there, breast is not an option and that might make it easier. And when you do it, do it somewhere that you don't usually sit to nurse him. Also try times when he isn't overtired. Nursing and sleeping often go hand in hand so if he is tired he might really be wanting the comfort as much as the milk. Try different nipples--both different brands and different flows. I think persistence is key...just keep at it. He'll get it. Hang in there.

Jill - posted on 10/18/2009

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is the bottle full of breast milk?... as he is breast feeding .. slip the bottle of breast milk in his mouth .. you might have to try different nipples also... my kids were very picking with nipples on bottles

User - posted on 10/18/2009

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I breastfed until my son was about 4 weeks old. I was lucky enough that i had given him a dummy from 2 weeks old so the bottle to him didnt seem like some strange object being put in his mouth. I dont know how you feel about a dummy but it may be worth trying to give him one of those for a week or so then trying the bottle again.. he should take to the bottle and you could then take the dummy away if thats what you prefer. The only other thing is to persist with the bottle and he will take it if he is really that hungry its just getting used to something different. Maybe putting a bit of your breast milk on the teat may help or put him on your breast then slide the teat by his mouth and quickly transfer he may not notice, that is what a couple of people i know have done. hope this helps x

Kelina - posted on 10/18/2009

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I stopped bf at 4 and a half months because my milk was too low but i didn't have any problems getting my son on his bottle. Maybe if you express so he's still drinking breastmilk, it's still sort of familiar for him. And like Laura said, I would offer it at every feeding, Most bubs prefer bottles to breast because they don't have to work at all to get milk, I think when your son figures that out he'll be pro-bottle!

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my boys both stopped bf at around the same age as yours.. they didnt have too much of a problem taking the bottle. . but.. i was told to just keep trying it, pushing it at every feeding.. he gets hungry enough he'll take it, and prob like it better b/c it comes out quicker

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