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Thread: From Breast to Bottle and back again? Help!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Pacific Northwest, USA

    Default From Breast to Bottle and back again? Help!

    Hi, I am new here, this is my first post. This is my second daughter, my first took a bottle in the hospital before I even held her (NICU) but was able to learn breast and was EBF within a couple of weeks as soon as my supply was high enough. She then took both seamlessly.

    My newest daughter has been EBF since birth and is now 5.5 months old. I need her to be able to accept a bottle as I am working now and need to travel. I have pumped so I offer her bm in the bottle. I have tried, nuk, dr. brown's, breast flow, and generic bottles. She has latched but after a 20 minute or longer protest and eventually falling asleep and latching and drinking in her sleep. Today, she drank about .5 ounce after an hour and a half protest. She then had some oatmeal and at the next feeding was offered another bottle and didn't take it eventually feel asleep. I am coming up on the third feeding and haven't given her the breast yet. I am feeling like my back is against the wall and I am not getting anywhere and just making her upset and hungry.

    I want to ask these questions:

    1. Is it actual progress if she is only taking it under the above circumstances?
    2. What do you recommend as far as getting her to take a bottle?
    3. If I do manage to get her on the bottle, will it be backward stepping to let her nurse as well?

    Thank you

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2006

    Default Re: From Breast to Bottle and back again? Help!

    She is actually old enough I would skip the bottle and try a cup.
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    middle of IA

    Default Re: From Breast to Bottle and back again? Help!

    and, YOU might never be able to give her a bottle (or a cup). your partner or DCP should be doing this - some moms even have to leave the house for baby to take a bottle! this helps with your 3rd concern, too, because baby will learn that she drinks from the breast when you're there, and from the bottle/cup with other people. and it might be a rough transistion for a few days, but she WILL learn to eat when you're not there.
    DS1 6/7/11
    DS2 10/29/13

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