Bottle feeding

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dsbwn3's picture
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Bottle feeding

When are you suppose to introduce a bottle. I am a little worried due to his reaction to pacifiers which he does not like at all! He has this look on his face like it taste bad and usually gags if he actually gets it in his mouth. He actually puked the one time when we offered it. I have tried different tyes of nipples and no matter the size, shape, texture he does the same thing I am worried he will do the same with the bottle!

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Matthew has been taking one for about three weeks. He lets us know he doesn't like it, but he takes one. We just kept offering it to him when he was just a tad below desperate for food and he took it at one week old. I can't handle getting ready to go back to work AND having to worry about his eating so I tried as soon as breastfeeding was going great.

The soothie pacifiers are the only ones this baby will take and we have to tip the nipple part to the top of his mouth and shhshhh him while we're doing it.

Also, there is a breastfeeding forum available if anyone wants to ask the "pros".
http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/forumdisplay.php/97-Everything-Breastfeeding

boilermaker's picture
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I think 2-3 weeks is the best time to introduce a bottle. We did that with four of our kids (including Seth), but waited longer on Lexi....and that was a mistake.

None of my kids has ever accepted a pacifier of any type-- and we tried and tried with the first three and since then I've just given up. They like the real deal better.....but all took bottles and happily switched between breast and bottle for their first year.

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I read that between 4-6 weeks is good to avoid nipple confusing. I started at 4 weeks and my LO accepted it. She definitely does not have nipple confusion though! Lol. My baby also first gagged when we would try to give her a passy, but now she takes it when she wants it and spits it out when she's done with it.

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We don't use pacifiers here, but we started giving a bottle every other day around 1 week old. We waited until 6ish weeks with DS2 to try to bottle feed him, and he refused it. He would never take a bottle. We haven't had any issues yet with Henry. I have another 5-6 weeks until school starts and he'll be getting a lot of bottles then. I hope I can keep up with the pumping!

He might take the bottle better because he's getting food out of it.

nea458's picture
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WOW! What a fantastic thread with interesting replies! I am learning so much!
I gave Wesley a bottle three times since he has been born because I had to. I noticed that when he goes back on the breast, it hurts at first because of the latching on but he figures it out fast. I bought the CALMA Medela nipples so going to use those soon. He is eating so much that I can't seem to keep up! So, going to give him a bottle at night (supplemented with 2 oz of formula) after I b/f him. Thoughts on this? I will be b/f'ding all the other times....

dsbwn3's picture
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Well I pumped a little and gave it a try. He had that look like what the heck is in my mouth and could not figure it out we gave him 5-10min of that and went to the breast. We will try this again tomorrow. With my son I waited until 8 weeks for the bottle but had a hard time finding a nipple he liked he ended up using the playtex ortho nipple it was short and flat which they dont make anymore. Doesn't seem like they have to many different styles out.

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Renea-- What makes you think that Wesley isn't getting enough from you? Seems like he is gaining well.

I would just keep putting him to your breast and NOT supplement-- your body will make more milk for him. It is quite rare for a mama not to be able to keep up with a baby his size.....and the more frequently you supplement the less your body will make.

Good luck!

nea458's picture
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"boilermaker" wrote:

Renea-- What makes you think that Wesley isn't getting enough from you? Seems like he is gaining well.

I would just keep putting him to your breast and NOT supplement-- your body will make more milk for him. It is quite rare for a mama not to be able to keep up with a baby his size.....and the more frequently you supplement the less your body will make.

Good luck!

Well, I was still going to pump during that one-time formula feeding.
He just ALWAYS wants to eat for long periods of time. Like he is not getting enough. He cries and when I pick him up, he immediately roots for the breast. I put him on it and then he goes to town like he is starving. I know he is gaining but he is a hungry boy!

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"nea458" wrote:

Well, I was still going to pump during that one-time formula feeding.
He just ALWAYS wants to eat for long periods of time. Like he is not getting enough. He cries and when I pick him up, he immediately roots for the breast. I put him on it and then he goes to town like he is starving. I know he is gaining but he is a hungry boy!

Mine does the same thing! I never thought it might mean he's not getting enough. During the day he wants to eat constantly, I thought it was just a comfort thing like thumb sucking.

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I'd say it's probably comfort sucking? Lily is too young to know how to suck her thumb or take comfort any other way, so even tho she's just fed she insists on nursing again to fall asleep- it takes like 3 minutes and she's out cold. I always think I whipped out my boob for just 3 minutes of nursing? Wink

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If your LOs are gaining weight well and making enough wet diapers, PLEASE stop worrying about whether or not you're making enough milk!!! Your body was designed to do this! Babies are not born knowing anything about schedules or anything else... they know they want to be close to mamma and they know how to eat- and breastfeeding accomplishes both of those things very well. Our LOs could already be hitting growth spurts as well, so some of them could literally want to spent hours at the breast soon...they go through cycles in how they eat even in one session- you might notice, they suck hard and fast at first, then they might slow down, or even stop completely for a while (without letting go), and then start again with a slower suck. It's all normal! Their tummies are tiny, and breast milk digests very quickly. It's normal for a new baby to feed 8-12 times a day- 12 times a day means every two hours round the clock! It's normal! Sorry, I know I'm totally not on topic here (I know nothing about bottles), but I HATE to see moms fall into the "booby" traps of myths about breastfeeding! Please look for actual evidence (poor weight gain, and not enough wet diapers) that your child is not getting enough before assuming that you're not producing enough. And know that the best way to make enough is to feed more often!

dsbwn3's picture
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Renae my little man does the same thing!

Mara your fine any help even if its on topic or not is always welcome!!