K.G. asks from Pocatello, ID on June 04, 2009
Breast Pumps and Bottle Feeding
Hi all, my 5 1/2 month old son is pretty much strictly breastfed, but on occasion we have left him with my mom and a bottle of formula to go on a date or something. When he was much littler he took it just fine, no problems, but now he won't take it at all! It's been awhile since he's had it. I'm thinking if we try breast milk in it it might help, but I don't want to buy an expensive breast pump for occasional feedings. He may have to take a bottle soon because I'm going to be in a wedding and I wanted one just in case. Are manual breast pumps impossible? Can anyone recommend something for me? And what bottles are good to use? Thanks!
K.P. answers from Colorado Springs on June 05, 2009
S.S. answers from Denver on June 04, 2009
I have had luck with the low cost electric pumps found at Wal-Mart, but I do not recommend a manual pump as you get tired pretty quick. As for the bottles, it really didn't matter which bottle I used with my children, but the nipple had to be the ones with the little bumps on them. My children wouldn't drink from other nipples. Good luck!
Have a GREAT day!
A.G. answers from Pocatello on June 04, 2009
I have had both, the medela electric pump and hand pump. The electric is or course way better but the hand pump works just fine it just takes a little longer to get enough milk out but when it's just for once in a while it's no big deal. So get the hand pump it will work. But I would see if your son will take the bottle with breastmilk before you leave him. IF he is like my daughter it won't make a difference. She took bottles with breastmilk when she was young but once she hit about 4 months she just wouldn't take abottle no matter what. So I just had to breastfeed her until she was weaned at a year. Hopefully your son will take the bottle.
K.F. answers from Boise on June 05, 2009
AVENT ISIS is a great little hand-pump. Might take a couple of tries to learn the right amoung of pressure and suction, but I used it everyday for a year for my first child when I couldn't afford an electric one.
Even if you can't pump a full bottles worth, slowly mix a little formula in with it. Another tip is that all bottles are not alike. My son hated his AVENT bottles but I stuck with them (he weaned himself from bottles around 9 months - had to use AVENT sippy which was good). I decided to try something diff with my daughter and she loved the platex drop-ins line. I occasionally give her an AVENT and she doesn't like it. Go figure!
M.R. answers from Salt Lake City on June 05, 2009
At 5 1/2 months, is he starting on solids at all? That could be a easy solution to leaving him, without having to worry about pumping and bottles. I also have a baby that was born in Dec. (my 4th) and he is strictly breastfed, no bottles, but is also eating infant cereal now. I have been able to leave him for a few hours at a time now, just leaving my mom with cereal to feed him.
V.W. answers from Salt Lake City on June 05, 2009
I now have an electric pump, just in case... But for my first-born, I had an Evenflo hand pump. I used it as much as most women use their electric pumps. I pumped at work, by hand at my desk (reception!!) answering the phone and doing my typing one handed. Work-a-holic? Maybe I just liked my job a lot. It didn't last 7 years in storage though, but I didn't pay all that much for it. I really like it though!!
F.O. answers from Boise on June 05, 2009
Hi K., if you're going to pump I would suggest an electric pump. I went with the Lansinoh double electric breast pump. I tried a manuel and pumped for a half hour and produced only 2oz. However with the electric 6oz to 8oz. It did cost $150.00 but totally worth it!! Maybe you could find a slightly used one (the milk does not touch any tubing and you can buy new pump ends and containers) . As far as bottles go our daughter is also brestfed and didn't like any we tried except the playtex drop ins. It was the realest feeling nipple we could find and we tried several different brands. Good Luck and hope you find something that works well for your family.
M.S. answers from Denver on June 04, 2009
I don't remember the brand (my youngest is almost 6) but I had a manual pump that was only $40-50 that worked fantastic! Many days I like it better than the electric Medela!
But before you go spend money (although you need to do something for you if you're away for more than a few hours - manual expression works too) - why don't you try formula in a cup - it may not be the taste but the delivery system. Try a sippy cup w/out the valve and if that doesn't work, try one w/the valve. Another thought - poke extra holes in the bottle nipple - my oldest would only use a nipple for older babies (even at 2 months) w/extra holes poked in it via a sewing needle. Also - try different temps. My youngest drove my nanny insane - if it was not EXACTLY my body temperature, she wouldn't take it cup or bottle - formula or breast milk.....
J.M. answers from Denver on June 05, 2009
Hello I don't have advice on the pump but did find that the easiest bottle for breastfeed babies is definitely playtex drop ins - they have the softest nipples. We used bottles a few dozen times with my son and he would only take the drop ins.