Post # 1
I started pumping after each feeding today so that we could try introducing the bottle to Baby T. We’re going to FL next week for my sister’s wedding and Baby T will need to take a bottle on the day of the wedding while I’m busy doing BM things. I went with Dr. Browns bottles, since they fit my manual and electric breast pumps and I got a lot of good reviews on them. I was hesitant because the nipple on the bottles is so narrow compared with a lot of wide mouth bottles that have a wider base on the nipples and look a lot closer to what he has when he feedsoff my breast and I’m using the nipple sheild.
Baby T just gummed the nipple a bit, but wouldn’t really suck on it. He definitely had the tast of milk from it, but wouldn’t really take it. After a few minutes he got really frustrated and started crying. I soothed him and tried again, but no luck. This was after a nap (thank gosh!) and he was pretty hungry. He does the same with pacifiers as well, and won’t really take them, regardless of the kind.
Should I have started on the breast and tried the bottle after he’d had a bit to eat and had been sucking well at the breast? Should I just keep trying at a few feedings and see how it goes? Try a different bottle?
What happened when you introduced the bottle after breastfeeding?
Post # 3
I would continue to try the bottle for a few feedings, but you might need to try a different type of bottle if you continue to have trouble, also you might have someone else try to give him the bottle when you are not present, because sometimes babies get silly and don’t take the bottle from mom because they know they can do better (ie get the breast), but when that is their only option will take it just fine.
Post # 4
I don’t have much advice on this but like the pp I have heard that sometimes a baby will take a bottle better from dad or someone other than mom because they don’t see any other choice. I’ve also heard good things about the Playtex Ventaire Wide bottles being good for babies that switch between bottle and breast. Good Luck!
Post # 5
A lot of what I read said don’t wait to introduce a bottle until they are starving hungry and giving feed-me cues. Do it when they are content but could eat anyway. Maybe an hour or hour and half after nursing try the bottle. Also, have your husband or someone else give the bottle rather than you. If you are doing it in the beginning they can smell the milk and know mom is warm and right there and that’s the milk they want rather than the bottle. Make sure he is flanging his lips around the base of the nipple on the bottle much as he does when nursing. It will take a few tries sometimes and whomever is giving the bottle may get frustrated but make sure he latches as similar as possible around the bottle as he would on you. We were watching 16 and pregnant last night and I pointed out to my husband the baby feeding on the bottle and how different that baby holds/sucks on the nipple than a breastfed baby does.
I will say, we went through three different kinds of bottles before we found one that our little boy ate from well. We ended up using the Born Free glass bottles (I’m sure the plastic would have worked fine too but I like glass better since it doesn’t absorb taste and smell). We introduced a bottle to our LO at 6 weeks (one per day, usually the evening meal before bath so it wasn’t the last feeding before being put down for the night) and I haven’t had any trouble with his latch afterward. We tried the Breastflow bottles, mimijumi, and finally Born Free. Like I said, we personally had success with the last one.
In regard to pacifiers my guy was the same way – he wasn’t taking one, no way no how. I had a friend recommend the MAM pacifiers to me and lo and behold, he will take that kind. It’s similar to bottles, they will have a preference for what they suck on and how it feels in their mouth.
Post # 6
Keep trying they will take to it. It just takes so adjusting naturally. What kind of bottles do you have? There are some different ones that are supposed to feel and pull just like a breast. I will look at home and see what they are called the name is escaping me.
Post # 7
We had a really hard time with this. There are probably some threads around here that detail my experience.
Couple of things that worked (though she’s never really taken a bottle well… she prefers to drink from a glass). 1) MAM bottles and nipples. She liked the shape and feel better 2) Going outside and distracting her while she takes the bottle. 3) Only having partner DG do the bottles. She still won’t take one from me. 4) patience. It took nearly a month before she’d even take an ounce or two.
This was a baby girl who knew exactly what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to tell us!
Post # 8
We are using the Mimi Jumi Very Hungry bottles because they are so similar to the breast. My son takes them perfectly fine and I like them a lot because they are very easy to clean. We also had some Dr. Browns bottles and he hated them and behaved exactly the way your baby did. If you buy any of the Mimi Jumi’s, they offer 3 different flow rates for their nipples, so make sure you get the right one for your baby’s age.
Post # 9
We had used dr brown’s initially. I got a breastflow to try, since the nipple is shorter and the base is much wider and rounded like a breast. I’m also thinking about trying the Adiri natural Nurser (here) if the breastflow doesn’t work. we’re trying again tonight, so hopefully the breastflow will work better.
Post # 10
I really suggest having your husband handle the bottle feedings. You should be out of the room if not out of the house. I nannied for a little girl for years in college and her mother used to always complain that she wouldn’t take a bottle. But as soon as mom was gone the baby took the bottle from me NO PROBLEM. Babies are unlikely to take a bottle from their mothers because they KNOW that there is a better option right there in front of them.
Post # 11
The breastflow bottles worked! DH was going to feed him, but had to run out, so I tried it anyway after I had fed him on one side. He took it from me, although he had the cutest look of confusion on his face.
The only thing I don’t like is that I can’t pump directly into them and that the milk gets trapped in the double nipple, so it’s hard to know how much he ate if he doesn’t take it all. Thanks for the tips!