T.A. asks from Lorain, OH on October 12, 2008
Introducing a Bottle to Breastfed Baby
I am planning on breast feeding my second child who is due any day now. I plan on introducing him to a bottle at about 4 weeks because I only have 6 weeks then I go back to work full-time. I keep reading that sometimes the child starts to prefer the bottle because of the faster flow of the nipple so my question is should I get nipples that have just one or two holes instead of the medium flow with 3 so that I can try to stay away from this trouble?
I nursed my first child exclusively for 6 months and the bottle wasn't introduced for atleast a month and I didn't work so didn't use a bottle much until then and I just can't remember anymore it was 10 years ago!! Please help.
H.M. answers from Cincinnati on October 13, 2008
J.L. answers from Dayton on October 13, 2008
You've got lots of great advice from everyone else already. I just wanted to remind you that the hospital that you deliver at should have lactation consultants on staff that you can make an appointment with for free(even after discharge). I would suggest utilizing them as much as you need- that's what they're there for. Good luck and Congrats!
K.P. answers from Cincinnati on October 13, 2008
Congratulations! I breast fed my daughter (now 20 mos.) for about a year. I still don't use bottles with more than one hole in the nipple. Playtex makes them with one hole but different flows. We used the slow ones at first. Grace did go through some nipple confusion at first, but with nursing more often while at home we, worked through it just fine. I would recommend that you do not feed her by the bottle if you can. That way your baby will know that when they feed with mommy it is by the breast. More than likely you shouldn't have any problems and your baby will come to look forward to that special time with mommy. I would always try to feed right when you pick her up, your baby will want to reconnect with you this way. If you are using daycare, just speak with the staff and let them know you will need a few minutes each day when you pick up your baby to do this and find out where you can do it.
Good luck and post back with any other questions!
M.K. answers from Cleveland on October 13, 2008
There is a nipple from Playtex nursers, they are a hole in the top of the bottle, not pointing directly at the back of the throat, but at the roof of the mouth, I had loads of success with it, and was able to breastfeed and bottlefeed for almost two years with my two youngest.
E.M. answers from South Bend on October 13, 2008
I nursed my second child for two years and my now 15 month old is still nursing. I just started him on the Dr. Brown's bottle because I found it wasn't so much the nipple that was the problem as much as it was having to release the nipple to get more milk. They have to unlatch to let the air back in on a regular bottle with the Dr. Browns it has a special insert that prevents them from having to do that. They can just continually suck and get milk until they are full. I hope pumping works well for you too and congratulations on your new baby. Remember that if pumping is hard not to give up nursing you can still nurse all evening and at night which will be good for baby too.
H.M. answers from Cincinnati on October 13, 2008
I would definitely start on a stage 1 nipple. Most kids aren't ready for a stage 2 or 3 for awhile longer. It is something you can talk to the lactation consultant at the hospital about - they usually have some useful advice.
A.H. answers from Columbus on October 13, 2008
Hi- I have a six month old son and am still breastfeeding and working full time. I introduced a bottle within the first month and had no problems. Be sure to only use a slow flow nipple. As long as you are breastfeeding you don't change the nipple - they need to work as hard on the bottle as they do the breast. My son has no problem taking the bottle or breastfeeding. I also introduced a pacifier from day 2, and had no issues, he liked the pacifier in the beginning, but only wants it occasionally.
If you plan to work & pump - check out this website: http://www.workandpump.com/
I found most of the books I read didn't contain much information for a full time working mom, this website is full of great info.
Enjoy your new bundle of joy!!
D.T. answers from Indianapolis on October 13, 2008
First, get the slow-flow nipples (ie, fewer holes). My breastfed babies never took more than a #2 and that was when they were 10-12 months old!
Second, don't wait that long to introduce the bottle or you're baby may never take it! We waited the recommended 4 weeks to start a bottle with our first-born and regretted it often. He NEVER drank from a bottle. Absolutely hated it. Around 4 months old we introduced a sippy cup with water at mealtimes and then after a few weeks of that, he'd take expressed breastmilk in the sippy cup. However, he NEVER took any formula (and we tried many brands). So we learned our lesson... with our 2nd and 3rd children, we introduced a bottle of formula at about 1 week old. Never had ANY problems whatsoever with breastfeeding. The bottle was just like once a week when I was out anyways. They would switch back and forth with no issues. We kept the #0 nipple for a few months and then switched to the #1 nipple until they were about 10 months old.
Most of my friends introduce a bottle of formula early and have no problems at all breastfeeding. I have heard more stories of problems of waiting a few weeks to give the bottle and then the child never taking it... end up crying all day at daycare becasue they are hungry but still refuse the bottle.
K.S. answers from Cincinnati on October 13, 2008
I definitely suggest a slow flow nipple. My kids liked the Avent bottles/nipples the best, though my youngest never did take to a bottle very well. The other two were champs, though, and easily did the breast feeding/bottle feeding very easily.
K.B. answers from Cincinnati on October 13, 2008
My son, who is now 5, was introduced the bottle on the second day of life due to jaundice issues. I was in school full time when I had him, so he got bottle and breast equally each day. He did awesome with both.
What I felt worked with for us is that I never fed the bottle. If I was feeding he got the breast. If I could not for some reason give him the breast, someone else gave him the bottle. We used regular medium flow nipples. He much rather prefered breastfeeding over bottle.