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    Default From Bottle back to Breast

    Hello - My 5 month old son is currently getting expressed milk only via bottle. I nursed him the 1st month, but because of going back to work I started pumping, so he has only been bottle fed expressed milk the last 4 months. I desperately want him to get back to the breast, but he won't have anything to do it!! Even just by putting him near my breast he gets agitated, stiff, and starts crying. What do I do??? How do I get him back to being nursed??? Thanks!!

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    Default Re: From Bottle back to Breast

    No real suggestions, just moral support! I am having a similar problem, though not as extreme. My LO is getting bottle fed 3 bottles of EBM while I am at work, and is very impatient at the breast, popping on and off, and not feeding as well. I am just keeping at it, trying to remain calm and patient, though it is extremely frustrating. Hang in there!

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    Default Re: From Bottle back to Breast

    When attempting to latch make sure baby is not starving. A hungry student is not a student ready for change.

    Some ideas:

    1. Take nice soothing warm baths together with not pressure to latch on. Often a baby will start to root around and try and latch on their own once they are calm and warm. Mama's skin is a great trigger for the rooting reflex. here is more on that:
    http://www.toronto.ca/health/breastf...st_feading.htm
    http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/bla.html
    and a video on baby led positioning: http://www.ameda.com/breastpumping/v...LatchOnEnglish

    2. 5 months old is a good time to try skin on skin contact. Mama's skin can be irresistible! Having your baby's mouth resting on your nipple will elevate your levels of Prolactin, which will help your milk supply. Try hanging out with out a top on and see what happens. Do some no-pressure snuggling!

    3. Dream feeding. Will baby latch when asleep?

    Ok so now tell me what you are thinking. Will any of this work? Have you tried all this already?

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    Default Re: From Bottle back to Breast

    We were able to do it after 31/2 months pumping!!! It's possible We had latching issues at first and after that he preferred the bottle. I had to first switch to a bottle with a very slow flow. We were using Dr. Brown and switched to BreastFlow. Once he got used to a much slower flow (it took him 30 min to empty the bottle instead of 5 min with the Dr. Brown) he didn't fuss while nursing as much. It does take a lot of persistence but you can do it. Compressions also helped to keep him happy while nursing. The links below were very helpful during the process:

    http://www.thebirthden.com/Newman.html#Video%20Clips

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...t.html#bottles

    HTH. Let us know how things are progressing.

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    Default Re: From Bottle back to Breast

    Quote Originally Posted by MagalenaCA View Post
    Hello - My 5 month old son is currently getting expressed milk only via bottle. I nursed him the 1st month, but because of going back to work I started pumping, so he has only been bottle fed expressed milk the last 4 months. I desperately want him to get back to the breast, but he won't have anything to do it!! Even just by putting him near my breast he gets agitated, stiff, and starts crying. What do I do??? How do I get him back to being nursed??? Thanks!!
    I just wanted to offer some encouragement. I EP'd for 4 months with DS; he had been bottlefed since he was 3 days old. I would periodically stick on the nipple shield but he would resist until one day about 3 weeks ago he latched on and we've been BF'ing ever since. And as I'm typing now he's nursing without the shield - so exciting!

    I don't have any tips for you really...I just wanted to let tell you to keep trying because it [I]will[I] happen if you're persistant and devoted

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