Transitioning from bottle to breast

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

awakemysoul:  Well, I would always offer the breast first and only offer a bottle if that doesn’t work out. But I would make a good effort towards breast only. Make sure you start with the bottom of your nipple and try to get the entire nipple in her mouth. The more you you pump (and don’t breastfeed) the more your breasts will become accustomed to the action of the pump over the action of the baby’s mouth. There’s no time like the present to start breastfeeding more and pumping less. The longer this goes on the harder it will be. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

awakemysoul:  You should most definitely see a lactation consultant, and if you don’t click with or understand the one you see, try to meet with another one, or check the La Leche League website for a chapter in your area for support. I couldn’t figure out the latch with my DS, despite having a consult in the hospital before we left, and out of desperation we called our pediatrician the morning after bringing him home because I was in incredible pain and he was starving. They recommended an LC in our area, and after meeting with her for an hour we had it all figured out. DS is almost 6 months and we are still going strong! <br /><br />For something so natural, breastfeeding is anything but intuitive at first. I read all the books and googled my butt off trying to figure it out, but having someone be able to watch DS nurse and then suggest ways to fix his latch was worth more than all of that combined. Good luck! 

 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d offer breast first always. I’d look into those sns systems too if you’re serious about breastfeeding long term. Definitely see the LC! Good luck!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

awakemysoul:  I agree with pp about starting the baby on the breast first then giving the bottle but i would also suggest giving the boob again right after the bottle too.  My little man has always been a great nurser but there was a couple of days when I got sick and my supply dropped drastically and my baby was on a nursing strike so I was giving him some of my freezer stash and worrying that he wouldn’t want the boob anymore .  I read that giving the boob after the bottle will have the baby associate the satisfied milk wasted stage with the boob by getting to that stage on the boob.  Maybe even pour some milk on the nipple so your baby gets its last milk from the boob.  It worked for us and the nursing strike ended 🙂

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

Have you tried using a nipple shield? I had to use them when I first began breastfeeding because I have flat nipples and my daughter was a bit lazy with learning to attach and to suck.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I could have written this myself, Im curious to see all responses and glad you asked! 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

My bff had trouble with her first child latching and the nipple shields helped a lot. Her dd was supplemented from birth because of that and she was early. Her second was a champ. Go see a lactation consultant for sure. Also dont beat yourself up if you try everything and she still doesnt breastfeed well. Another friend tried everything to get her  hind milk to come in. It was stressful for a first time mom. It never came in.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

awakemysoul:  I’m currently pumping for 90% of DD’s feedings. We had tongue tie and latching issues from day 1 along with a drastic drop in birth weight and jaundice which landed us getting readmitted to the hospital when she was 3 days old. Anywho, I met with a LC last week who gave me some good tips and worked with us on her latch. One thing she had me do was roll up a burp rag and tuck it under the breast I was feeding on to help prop it up so DD and I could work better together. She also gave me some handouts from http://www.lactationtraining.com/ on paced bottle feeding and hands on pumping. One of the tips she gave me was to do breast compressions while BF when I notice that baby stops sucking, it helps get more milk out for her. The Paced Bottle Feeding article explains the best way to bottle feed so its “most like” the breast. She said its important for her to not chug the bottle because we want her expectations around feedings to be that it’ll be slow and take some time. I’ve also used a nipple shield which I find life saving. Our goal since she’s mostly bottle fed is to offer the breast at every other feeding and once she’s done BF if she seems hungry to offer a bottle. But if at any time DD gets super frustrated, crying, etc to give her enough bottle to settle her then to try BF again. We are also in the process of testing out bottles that are most like the breast (Tommee Tippee is too fast for baby) so we are trying the Nuk, Avent, Comotomo and the lansinoh momma bottle… so far i like the flow of the Nuk and the Lansinoh best (they make her do the most work.) Good luck to you!

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