Professional for help bottle feeding

posted 2 months ago in Babies
Post # 2
209 posts
Helper bee

I think some lactation consultants do bottle consults. I would ask other moms in your area, Google it, ask the local La Leche, etc., to find someone who does this. I struggled with feeding issues, too, it’s so frustrating. Good luck!

Post # 3
3484 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’m so sorry he is struggling with this!

Does it seem like he might have reflux issues? Are you burping him in the middle of feeds? Is he doing it both with breastmilk and formula bottles? It seems like you are definitely on the correct nipple size now so good call with that. Do you have a 6 week visit with a doctor/pediatrician/midwife you could ask about this? 

Post # 4
9418 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

All of the lactation consultants I worked with also showed me how to do paced bottle feeding. There are also some great videos on YouTube. Most of us default to leaning the baby back and tipping the bottle up, but I had much better success with pacing the feeds, particularly for my puker. 

Post # 5
843 posts
Busy bee

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@Cheekie0077:  I was young to recommend paced bottle feeding, it’s what is recommended to nursing moms that switch between breast and bottle so as not to cause bottle preference and it mimics more the feed a baby would get at the breast. Keep him angled for feeds, let him larch onto the bottle instead of putting it in his mouth and keep the bottle at an angle so he needs to actively suck to eat instead of having it flow into his mouth

Post # 6
346 posts
Helper bee

Has the doctor checked for tongue tie? This recently happened to my SIL and feeds were hard in the beginning because of a tongue tie. Could be worth asking the doctor about. 

Post # 7
588 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I am not sure in your case but my baby had similar actions sometimes when breastfeeding. She would kick and move a lot, pop on and off my breast more and more frequently, and cry, but then immediately be rooting for the breast again, almost desperately! I kept thinking she was just hungry hungry hungry. Then one night, she was extra fussy and fed for like an hour and a half… then suddenly starting throwing up. Not spitting up, but multiple rounds of a large amount of milk. She was totally fine but I felt sooooo guilty. I realized then that my fast let-down caused her to take in a lot of air, and she was reacting to the pain and discomfort from bad gas. But because she was in pain and uncomfortable, she wanted to nurse for comfort. I therefore kept feeding her, unknowingly making it worse!

After that night, any time she started to act really fussy and uncomfortable, I stopped her and burped her. Sometimes I had to burp her every minute or two because of it. She was always unhappy that I interrupted her meals but it did really help. I would only burp her for a minute or so, often less if she burped sooner. If no burp but she was still acting hungry, we’d go back to feeding. It really really helped and she got sooooo much better. So I also recommend paced feeding and to try more burping or helping baby to pass any gas (I also did bicycle legs with her if burping wasn’t helping).

Sometimes she will also keep eating even if she’s full so I still have to watch her to see if she is eating peacefully or acting off… sometimes I will even tell her I’m cutting her off and then burp her and go do something else for a bit. Usually she is totally fine with that. If she’s still acting hungry, we just go back to feeding. So he may also not need to finish the full bottle. Some days babies are more hungry than usual and other days they are not all that hungry. Overfeeding is definitely possible, especially with bottle feeding. Our girl is measuring quite a bit ahead in both height and weight, so I’m pretty sure the burping or occasional early ending of a feeding are not having any negative impact.

I do hope it gets better very soon! It was distressing to me to see my baby acting so uncomfortable and upset. I hated that she was practically screaming in what I thought was hunger but feeding her seemed to not make it better. I actually thought I was under feeding her and she was starving at first. That was what it looked like! It also got better as she got older because she was better able to manage the fast flow.

Post # 8
7991 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

how are you bottle feeding?  are you holding him in the cradle position so he’s laying back?    you can try bottle feeding with him sitting on your lap, with his back to you, so he’s more in a upright position and bottle feed that way. 

Post # 9
3697 posts
Sugar bee

My baby behaved similarly when nursing when she was that age. I would call it “rage nursing.” It was worst in the evening during her witching hour time. Then in the middle of the night she would feed totally normally, maybe because she was sleepy during those feeds? One thing that sometimes helped was if I walked around with her while nursing her…not sure how doable that would be with bottle feeding, but the motion seemed to help her settle down a little bit. By the time she was 8-9 weeks she seemed to move past it and feeds got much easier. 

If you are worried I dont think it would hurt to reach out to a LC or even ask your pediatrician if they have suggestions.

Post # 10
3020 posts
Sugar bee

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@Cheekie0077:  If you suspect your baby is aspirating during feeding, I’d talk to your pediatrician, and they can refer you for a swallow study to confirm. My daughter had Laryngomalacia and a poor sucking reflex, and we had the swallow study done after she aspirated during a feeding and turned blue. We got her into physical therapy and they taught us techniques for paced feeding and to help improve her suck reflex. It greatly improved nursing and bottle feeding for us. 

Post # 14
3926 posts
Honey bee

Are you keeping the bottle more level instead of tipping it upwards? I also second the sitting him more upright. Maybe try burping him before the bottle too, in case he is gassy. 

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