E.D. asks from San Francisco, CA on March 28, 2008
My child was in the NICU for her first 5 days of her life. So, she was given bottled formula and pacifiers. I am pumping and she only drinks my breast milk, but she is too lazy to suck on my nipple. She prefers the easy bottle nipple. What can I do to have her drink from my nipple only and wean her off the bottle nipples? Thanks in advance
J.Y. answers from San Francisco on April 01, 2008
I had twins who were in the NICU for 3wks and it took about 5wks for my son to grasp breast feeding and about 7wks for my daughter. Once they got it - I had the patience to wait it out - they were able to go back and forth b/w breast and bottle so my husband could feed middle of the night.
I would just give the advice - don't give up if breastfeeding is something you really want to do!
L.C. answers from Sacramento on March 31, 2008
E., the reality is, it is easier to get milk from the bottle than the nibble. Just keep trying, take away the bottle, she'll finally catch on.
M.R. answers from San Francisco on March 30, 2008
Just offer the breast and nothing else. She will get angry and eventually very hungry but hopefully will make the transition. You have to do it soon or she may never take the breast.
M.G. answers from Sacramento on March 31, 2008
My name is Lysa and my oldest daughter (who is now almost 15 yrs.) had nipple confusion, my lactation consultant recommended "finger feeding" her for a few days and it worked she got back on breast and nursed for almost two years, (a little longer than I planned!)Finger feeding requires a soft plastic syringe (available from a lactation consultant) that is filled with breast milk and placed along side your pinky finger that you allow baby to suckle, you reward her for suckling with a bit of milk through the syringe and stop when she stops, it is time consuming, plan NOTHING else for a few days but the beefits and rewards are well worth the time and effort. Best Wishes to your new little family,
A.P. answers from San Francisco on March 29, 2008
Have you tried a nipple shield. While it is actually used to help babies with latch on difficulties we found that it helped our daughter move seamlessly b/w bottle and breast as it is very much like the nipple on a bottle. (She too was in the NICU when born) It also has a space that retains the milk as its coming in thus requiring a little less effort on baby's part. Good luck; keep persevering.
M.V. answers from San Francisco on March 29, 2008
I had a similar problem with my daughter who was born via C Section and had a really hard time getting her to latch on. The nurse gave her a pacifier right off the bat, (I was furious and filed a complaint with the hospital later on) it resulted in the baby not being able to nurse. It took almost 3 weeks to really get her to nurse. It's one of those things that just takes time, she will get used to breastfeeding eventually, just keep working with her every hour or so. Also, take advantage of the lactation specialist where your daughter was born, they are miracle workers!
Good luck and hang in there, it will happen!
W.W. answers from Sacramento on March 31, 2008
Request a lactation consultant. Also, try to "help" her buy pumping her arms, legs, stroking her cheek, etc. Good luck and congratulations on your baby girl!
K.J. answers from San Francisco on March 30, 2008
You can try a supplimental nursing system, this worked very well for client I had with early twins. Basically you tape a very small tube onto your breast that increases the amount of milk your baby gets, instant gratification, while getting her on the breast. You can ususally get these from a lactation consultant, just ask for an SNS. Good luck!
D.T. answers from Phoenix on March 29, 2008
Hi--congratulations on your new daughter! It must be so frustrating that she prefers the bottle to you, but many babies have had this and gone on to become avid nursers, so don't despair. It is easy to understand that a newborn gets exhausted quickly and a bottle nipple is very easy to get nourishment from. In fact, if you nurse vigorously from a bottle, you will drown in the milk coming out too fast. A big retraining is in order. One thing that can help is a device called a Lact-Aid (http://www.lact-aid.com/prodcat.htm) that contains breast milk and is strapped onto mom and has a small tube that dribbles milk into the baby's mouth while she attempts nursing. It effectively makes the nursing easy enough to let her get satisfied, without working as hard as she would actually have to if she were only nursing. It requires that you pump some milk to fill it, which is a burden, but if it is the short lived remedy it is intended to be, that should be tolerable. The pumping has the added advantage of keeping up your milk supply while she is learning.
This product has been around for many years and has helped many moms in difficult situations. Perhaps it can be your solution too! Best wishes.
T.J. answers from Sacramento on March 29, 2008
I had trouble breastfeeding my first child and was worried that she would not latch on after spending the first week or so bottle feeding. I decided to sing to her the same song each time I fed her (and only then). My doctor was amazed at how well she transitioned from bottle to breast and I think it even helped when we started solid food. She knew when she heard our song, it was time to eat.
K.F. answers from San Francisco on March 29, 2008
brush her cheek to her mouth continuously until your child response to open mouth takes in your nipple instead of bottle