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    Question Just A Question...

    Hi!! I was hoping someone could answer this question for me. My husband and I are very curious. I have been breastfeeding my daughter since day 1. I also pump and bottle feed occasionally. I have 2 other children and sometimes it's just not possible to sit down and nurse her. Anyway. Yesterday was a very busy day and I was only able to nurse my daughter in the morning, then I pumped and bottle fed the rest of the day. At around 2 p.m. she started to get very cranky and kept acting like she was hungry,she would root like crazy on anything, so my husband kept making her bottles. She would eat 1 or 2 ounces and that was it, but she kept acting fussy. When I got home I made dinner and the whole time she was fussy and would only nap for 20 minutes at a time. No amount of breastmilk in the bottle was enough. After dinner I took her to her room, she was crying the entire way, sat down and nursed her. As soon as I put her to my breast she got quiet and ate like a champ!! Now, my question is this......is it possible that she was going through withdrawals? Do breastfed babies need their mothers' breast? Thanks so much!

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    I believe so

    They are getting much more than just nutrition from the breast, they are getting comfort and love
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    they do need the breast. bf babies use the breast as a form of comfort as well as nourishment. they also need skin to skin contact. it sounds like maybe your lo just needed some closeness and comfort. it is possible to get that from your dh as well if he needs to feed your lo by bottle. if possible, like while at home, your dh could hold the baby close with no shirt on while feeding. even when feeding with a bottle the baby should still be held and cradled as though bf. also, if you were busy and couldn't spend much time, your lo probably just missed you. alot of woth moms have the same thing happen when they get home from work. babies love their mommas!
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    I would say that most breastfeed babies want the breast over the bottle.

    Kimberly Mommy to Landin and Avery

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    Absolutely!! My lo does the same exact thing. No amount of food can compensate for the feeling of skin to skin contact. My lo will fall asleep before he even latches sometimes. It was great to see your post. My husband always jokes, "He's doing the booby song again!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommy-to-landin View Post
    I would say that most breastfeed babies want the breast over the bottle.
    They get so much more than nutrition from your breasts.
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    Breastfeeding is definitely more than just milk. It's the familiar, calming sound of mom's heartbeat and breathing. It's the comforting smell of mom's skin. It's the feeling of snuggling in mom's warm arms. It's the natural taste of mom's breast, instead of the taste of a silicon bottle nipple. A baby spends 9 months surrounded by its mom's body. Breastfeeding is a wonderful way for a baby to recapture that sense of peace and security.

    Have you considered getting a sling and breastfeeding on the go? It's a tricky skill, but if you can manage it you might be able to pump only when you want to, instead of feeling like you must pump so that you needn't choose between taking care of your older children and breastfeeding. Here's an illustration of how to breastfeed in a ring sling, with links to videos.
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    I agree with all the previous posters. If baby wants breast, nothing else will do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
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    Have you considered getting a sling and breastfeeding on the go? It's a tricky skill, but if you can manage it you might be able to pump only when you want to, instead of feeling like you must pump so that you needn't choose between taking care of your older children and breastfeeding. Here's an illustration of how to breastfeed in a ring sling, with links to videos.

    I would agree with giving this a shot. I would imagine it takes longer time, in total to pump and prepare and wash/clean bottles that it would to learn these "on the go" techniques.
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    I completely agree w/pp . I pump 1 bottle a day so that my hubby can do the last feeding so I can take a break and also to tank her up for the night. But I'm always pumping during my break and it does take longer to pump that 1 bottle (usually 2 sessions) than to just bf.
    Sometimes she fusses after having the entire bottle (which should be more than enough milk) and I'll have to go and put her to the breast anyway, she'll immediately fall asleep.
    I'm sure bfing babies love the closeness to mommy.
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