Today, 12:41 AM
This sounds right to me! I am glad your midwife explained it that way. Too often moms think they need to be expressing the same amount of milk that baby takes in bottles in order to start weaning off supplements but this is not so.
I don't think it is exactly accurate to say that fattier milk is harder to suck...what may be happening, and I really mean MAY, is that the initial flow from the breast right at "let down" (milk ejection) is fast and forceful, and when that flow slows, as is normal, baby protests. This dovetails with the theory that it is the "too fast" milk flow of improperly given bottles that leads to breast refusal- baby gets used to the fast flow and does not like "slow" (actually normal) flow of the breast. Some moms who have an over production and thus a VERY fast letdown early on report this happening to some degree when milk production evens out and the flow calms down, even when baby has never had a bottle.
But it is important to remember that babies fuss at the breast for many, many reasons, because babies are just fussy and are at the breast a good deal- so most of the time, fussiness at the breast has nothing to do with the milk or the flow at all.
I don't know what these are, but my best advice is to give all bottles using paced bottle feeding, because this allows baby to control the rate of the flow. Done correctly, paced bottle feeding requires no special nipple, although usually a slow flow nipple makes it easier for the caregiver to...