Re: frenectomy and no more nursing
Have you tried making bottle-feeding more like breastfeeding? That can make for an easier transition between breast and bottle because the breast is not so dissimilar from the bottle (or cup or syringe or whatever). If not, try the following:
- When it is time to nurse, cuddle baby close to your bare chest.
- Tickle baby's lips with the bottle until she opens WIDE- you don't want her learning sloppy latch habits from getting a bottle slipped into a half-open mouth
- Pause the feeding after about every oz of milk, so that she gets used to the ebb and flow rhythm of nursing
- Switch baby's orientation about halfway through the feeding so that she gets used to the experience of being switched from breast to breast and laying a different way while eating
- Keep the bottles relatively small- 2-3 oz at most- so that baby is hungry more often and therefore giving you more opportunities to offer the breast
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