Re: Question for a friend
I'm sorry your friend had such a tough start with breastfeeding. How sad that her baby won't latch, an how great that she has chosen to relactate!
I don't think it's wrong to have the baby bottlefeed- he needs food, and a dropper or syringe or spoon might be very difficult and confusing for him, and it must be terrifying for mom when her baby won't eat... IDK what I would do in that situation...
Yes, I think you can.
1) When you continue feeding with the bottle, can you still wean out of it slowly?
1. Do as much skin-to-skin contact as possible. The more time the baby spends next to mom's warm, naked breast and her milky smell, the more comfortable he is going to be with the breast.
2) What other recommendations can I give her to get the baby to latch.
2. If your friend is not co-sleeping, she may want to start. Often a baby who will not nurse during the day when he is alert will take the breast when he is sleepy and too relaxed to fight.
3. Make bottlefeeding as much like breastfeeding as possible. When it's time for the baby to feed, mom should open her shirt and cuddle baby next to her naked breast for the duration of the feeding. She may want to tickle his lips with her nipple in order to get him used to the sensation and to get him to associate it with eating. When it's time to give the bottle, she should not allow the baby to latch on in a sloppy way by slipping the bottle nipple into a half-open mouth. She should tickle his lips with the bottle nipple and wait until he opens wide before slipping the bottle nipple into his mouth.
Unfortunately, this is a possibility. But even if it does go this way, it is not the end of the world. Breastmilk in a bottle is still breastmilk- it still has all the health benefits for both mom and baby, and it's still cleaner and safer than formula. Lots of moms pump exclusively. Good luck to your friend! Let her know that there is a Spanish forum on this page is she wants some direct support.
I am not worried about supply, I am cofident she will build it, but i am affraid the baby will not want to get back on the breast once her supply is up to baby´s needs.
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