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    Default Re: Distinct smell in BM; tastes fine

    I don't know what to say about the smell, but I think that if a person is giving a bottle to a normally breastfed baby, they don't always appreciate that the little ones pick up on their vibes (sorry if this sounds a bit new ageish) and if your mum's not necessarily into it, maybe it's rubbing off on your lo. I'm not all that experienced at all, but I think it would be really unusual for a baby to not 'like' breast milk. I've made the mistake of eating too much garlic (messy nappies... oops) and even though my bm smelt like salad dressing, she liked it as much as usual. Good luck with the daytime feeding
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    Default Re: Distinct smell in BM; tastes fine

    sounds like
    this is her problem:
    She thinks maybe I should switch to formula

    As long as baby isn't missarable then what differnce does it make if she doesn't have a bottle when you are gone?

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    Default Re: Distinct smell in BM; tastes fine

    oh and how old is baby?
    if she is older then 6 months maybe you could have your mom give her a little bit of mashed bannanna or avacado, and she'll back off the formula pushing!

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    Default Re: Distinct smell in BM; tastes fine

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*andreafromohio View Post
    sounds like
    this is her problem:
    She thinks maybe I should switch to formula

    As long as baby isn't missarable then what differnce does it make if she doesn't have a bottle when you are gone?
    Agree. Maybe mom has a small problem with breast milk and is looking for excuses to switch to formula? If you're worried about a slight smell with BM, formula smells WAY more nasty so that wouldn't help the smell. I say if it's not a laipse (sp?) issue then you milk is fine!

    LO may just really perfer nursing and as you mentioned be a reverse cycler, Can you try EBM in a sippy or regualr cup?

    We use the Nuby sippys that have a flexible top so they are easy to transition from a bottle. DS drinks my milk from them at DC and has since 7 months.

    we use this one http://www.netkidswear.com/1nubybabycup.html
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    Default Re: Distinct smell in BM; tastes fine

    She wants me to switch to formula because she has seen me struggling with BFing since day one and she doesn't want to see me struggle anymore. She's not against BFing as she had 8 kids and BF all of them.

    She knows the importance of BFing and respects my decision to continue to BF. She just hates to see me go through struggle after struggle.

    I have thought about sippy cups but if she's not taking the bottle will she not reject he sippy too?
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    Default Re: Distinct smell in BM; tastes fine

    maybe not!

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    Default Re: Distinct smell in BM; tastes fine

    no, it's a different movement so they can get used to it. Even newborns can be taught to drink from a regular cup

    One other thing about the smell, sometimes if you've eaten something strong it will flavor BM so I would also think there would be a slight varriance in the smell depending on what you have been eating.

    Hang in there!
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    Default Re: Distinct smell in BM; tastes fine

    My son refused all bottles but loved those Nuby sippies. Definitely worth a try.

    Also, another idea is that your mother may be expecting her to eat a pretty significant amount when your daughter is content to get by on the bare minimum until she's back with you. Is the baby unhappy? Is she having a healthy amount of wet diapers during the day? It seems quite possible that she's eating exactly as much as she needs to in order to get through the day.

    And kudos to you for being so dedicated to breastfeeding. A lot of people would have quit already in the face of such hardships but it says a lot about your character and your devotion to your daughter that you're working your way through all this.

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    Default Re: Distinct smell in BM; tastes fine

    My BM smells funny AND tastes funny sometimes! I think it is the fat starting to breakdown but have been told that if the baby will drink it, it's OK.

    I've also heard that babies won't starve themselves. If your little one is really really hungry, she'll eat. If not, might wait for you.

    Definitely keep at it. I went through a lot in the beginning too, and had problems getting my son to take a bottle. Don't give up. You have come soooo far!!!

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