(Closed) Breast feeding vs bottle feeding

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I would definitely ween!!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you prefer breast milk but can no longer tolerate nursing, is it possible to pump & bottle your breastmilk, at least as a supplement during the transition?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Can you see a lactation consultant? I’ve been having tons of trouble breastfeeding (my little guy is only 6 weeks), and they’ve been awesome. Apparently my little guy’s mouth isn’t big enough to breastfeed (he has mild tongue-tie that can’t be fixed surgically), so I’ve been using a nipple shield. At the breastfeeding group I was at last week, the consultant said sometimes they introduce a nipple shield when the baby gets teeth if it’s causing pain. Just a thought!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@BlondeMissMolly:  I have found LLL very helpful as well, and they are sometimes able to give more immediate advice if you can’t quickly contact a lactation consultant. 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

@myluverbuny:  Please consult an LC before trying to use nipple shields.

Honestly? The “right” time to wean is whenever you decide it’s the right time. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@zippylef:  Yes, I should have been clear–nipple shields should be used with the supervision of an LC. Thanks!

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Breast is best as long as you can manage it. I’d get some support to see if there is something you can do to alleviate your issues and there is no reason you cannot breastfeed and introduce food at the same time. If the problems become too much, then ween. You just have to do the best you can for as long as you cana nd not feel guilty when you have to move on.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I use the nipple shield with my 1 month old and love it.  I have had any cracked nipples etc and he goes back and forth between the bottle and me with ease.  Make sure you get the right size shields if you try that

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2005

I would ween.  When my little girl was born she wouldn’t take to the breastfeeding so I’ve had to bottle feed her.  There’s a certain stigma that goes around when a woman says she bottlefeeds but screw that.  If she’s taking in food and gaining the proper weight that’s my concern, I miss having that special bonding that I was looking forward to and sometimes I do feel like a bit of a failure but there is nothing wrong with bottle feeding.  Someone mentioned nipple shields, those things are amazing, we tried using one ourselves to see if she would latch so I have little experience with them but what I did get was very comfortable.

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