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Thread: Breast to Bottle Transition

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006

    Question Breast to Bottle Transition


    I'm a first time mom to an 11 week old beautiful baby girl. I'm in desperate need of some help and advice. I'm returning to work full time in early January and have not been able to transition my baby onto a bottle. She does not want to take it AT ALL. I've been trying one to two bottles every day for the past 3 weeks with EBM. I've managed to get the bottle nipple into her mouth without making her cry but she refuses to suck. The trial sessions can go anywhere from 10 mins to close to an hour but without any successful suck. She cries, gulps (the milk that has come out of the nipple), rolls or chews the nipple. I've tried different bottles, nipples, positions. I've also tried feeding her slightly before her feeding time or slightly past. Neither my husband nor my mom has had any success. She does not take pacifiers either. I'm extremely worried that each day I'm trying is making her more resistant or it may become too late for her to learn to feed from a bottle. Help!
    Would trying for a whole day make her more resistant? If she’s hungry enough, would she suck? (I know this is really sad but I would rather that the baby goes through this with her mom than a care giver) Also, what if she never takes onto the bottle? What are my options?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Default Re: Breast to Bottle Transition


    heres a link about getting baby to take bottle

    don't be afraid to call your local LLL leader. Lots of moms have this problem.
    She might be able to give you a name of a working mom in your area that has a baby about the same age as yours. IT helps to have a friend to talk to that has been there done that.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006

    Smile Re: Breast to Bottle Transition

    You may want to try different types of bottles. My LO will only take a "Breastflow" bottle from me http://www.toysrus.com/product/index...ntPa ge=search and she will onlt take "Dr. Brown's" bottles from my husband http://www.toysrus.com/product/index...entPage=family. SHe has refused Advent, Evenflow and playtex vent air bottles fom both of us. You may just need to find the one for your LO.

    Good luck!
    Samantha: born 3 1/2 weeks early on Sept 2006 6lbs 4 oz 18 inches long with situs inversus totalis. Now a strong healthy little girl that wants to be a NICU doctor, loves her little sister and breastfeeds her dolls!
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 2,200 oz
    Alexandra: born 3 weeks early on July 2010 7lbs 8 oz 19.5 inches long.
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 1,200

    For information on becoming a Breastmilk Donor http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk

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