Re: From Bottle to Breast - help!
Woah. My LO was having weight issues and his IBCLC/Pediatric Nurse encouraged us to get him to breast for no longer than 15 minutes prior to bottle feeding him expressed breast milk. However, we went back yesterday and although his weight is up plenty (now at 9 lb 7.25 oz) and he's pulling from the breast effectively, she said NOT to quit cold turkey.
The pedi has given us two suggestions. The first is to drop the bottle cold turkey and essentially make it so that the only way he'll get food is to breastfeed. We both acknowledged that there is a great deal of anxiety here...
Maybe you should try putting him on breast for 10-15 minutes and then giving him bottle rather than just quitting cold turkey. Like you said, there is a lot of anxiety with that. Both for baby and for you.
"If he's hungry enough, he'll HAVE to breastfeed". That's not in the pediatrician's handbook OR the newbaby owner's manual. Try it. He'll end up getting pissed off, over hungry, over tired, and going to sleep and missing a feeding. Heck, that's not even common or good sense.
We were on the nipple shield, also. I don't think dependency is going to be a concern for you since your LO is latching. Mine went from barely latching without it, to now completely breastfeeding. The bigger concern, my IBCLC said, was the amount of milk that the shield will move for the baby. It's a double edged sword because it LOOKS like the baby is pulling good amounts of milk, but it's pulling maybe 80% of what's in your breast. So, she suggested that I pump, also, in order to not jeopardize my supply.
The second suggestion is a nipple shield. I understand that there are inherent risks with this (such as dependency) but I am at the point where I'm beginning to wonder if the trade off isn't worth it if it means that he'll at least be AT the breast.
Anyway, that's my experience with that.
Desmond Ringo Payton [5.31.12|8 lb 14 oz|22 in.|blonde|blue|beautiful|BACK TO BREAST 6.25.12]