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What Nipples Are Closest to Breastfeeding.

My baby is due in Aug. and I'm doing a little planning. I want to nurse, but I'll have to pump while I'm at work. I want to avoid the mess I faced with my daughter. I thought it would be easier to pump into a bottle and feed it to her but when I tried to get her to latch on, she would refuse. I'd like to know what nipples (if any) might help me. What kind is best to use with nursing so this baby won't refuse nursing directly from me.
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I think it depends on the baby. I used slow flow Medela nipples with my son intermittently starting from about a week old and he was fine with both starting then and still is.

T.,
You should start out breastfeeding for the first 2-3 weeks then introduce a bottle, although you should not be the one to feed the baby from the bottle. Make the bottle introduction a smooth process that can take a few weeks if needed and not at every feeding. This should help, I used the Advent bottles with the low flow nipples.

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When I had my daughter the hospital bag had The First Years bottle. I found more at Babies R Us. They are the ones with two nipples so the baby has to suck hard when using the bottle. They worked great for us.

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hi T., i did the same thing and i used the playtex drop-ins, the brown nipple is very similar to the nipple. i tried several and that was the best. you can feel the nips, the brown ones are softer and the clear ones feel plastic like. good luck.

T.,
You should start out breastfeeding for the first 2-3 weeks then introduce a bottle, although you should not be the one to feed the baby from the bottle. Make the bottle introduction a smooth process that can take a few weeks if needed and not at every feeding. This should help, I used the Advent bottles with the low flow nipples.

My lactation consultant said to keep them on slow flow, even when they get older and could handle a faster flow. Also nipples with a wide base. My daughter liked the Gerber bottles best, but also the ones with disposable inserts are helpful. You can get the breast milk storage bags that double as the disposable inserts, and then you don't have to worry about it being sterile or spilling precious milk. It's a lot of work to pump and you don't want to end up spilling it on the counter! Good luck!

I like NUK (got mine at wal mart) because the nipple is flat on the bottom and milk actually comes out of top of nipple, ok I didnt explain that very well, you should go look at them and see what I mean!! Good luck!!

I have had to return to work while breast feeding 5 times now and the best nipples I have found were the Playtex and Aventi Air nursers. It was the easiest for me and my children's father because he stayed home with them. We found it best to pump it a regular bottle for storage purposes but he transfered the milk to a the nursers when he was ready to feed the babies. The only big difference between the two is that the Playtex ones were disposabele and sterile and easier to use for travel. The Aventi was reusable. They both limit the air baby takes in when nursing if used properly. I wish you all the best and commend you for taking making the best choice for your baby. It is work but worth it. They don't say eating at Mom's is best for nothing.

Personally I liked the nipples for the Playtex Drop-in bottles. I found that my breastfeeding children accepted these more than any other nipple. My son actually preferred the 'old' style of Playtex nipples that were a little bit more square and actually move in and out as they suck. I also had less trouble with spitting up WHEN they did have a bottle.

The infant that I watch also uses these bottles and has used them since day one. Her mom was able to breastfeed and pump until she was nine months old and she never had nipple confusion.

We tried Advent and Evenflo bottles without any success.

T.,

When I nursed and would bottle feed I use the Playtex Bottles with the brown nipples. They look close to the real thing and I never had any problems.

Hope this helps.
D.

Check out the adiri natural nurser. It's shaped just like a breast and is also BPA free!

http://www.thesoftlanding.com/adnanu.html

GOod luck!

I was so worried abotu nipple confusion with my son when he was born! Before you introduce any nipple, you may try waiting 3-4 weeks to be sure that he can latch properly. I think they key is making the bottle a different experience than nursing so he doesn't get confused. I never gave my son a bottle and when my husband or someone else did, they held him differently than I did when I nursed him. We used the Dr. Brown's bottles and the bottles that came with my breast pump (the Medela ones) and my son took both just fine. Good luck and congratulations on your baby!

I am currently nursing my 7-week-old, and we started with 1-2 bottles/day around 4 weeks. My friend recommended the "Breastflow" bottle made by "The First Years". It works great, and has even improved her latch! The only place I have been able to find it locally is BRU, but they do sell them online at other retailers. The only downside is that it is not BPA-free, but since she is only getting usually 1 bottle a day I was not as concerned.

T.,

When my son was born I breastfed him for the first 3 weeks then I was going back to work after only 4 weeks off. I got the Avent manual breast pump and bottles. He never seemed to have any problems with going back and forth from the breast and bottle. Also the bottle system is nice because you can interchange the tops and continue to use them for a long time. Hope this helps.

B.

I used Breastflow by First Years. My daughter was only breastfed and then I got sick and for two days we fought to get her to take a bottle. She refused every type I had. Then a few months later I found the breastflow bottles at Babies R Us and decided to buy one just to see. They are by far the coolest bottles and the closest thing I have ever found to the actual thing. She had no problem going back and forth between breastfeeding and drinking out of this bottle. Good luck and I hope it all works out.

playtex makes these nipples that are sort of a flat nipple and has a hole on the side to be more like mommys nipple. Thats the one my four month old daughter took when i weaned her a mnth in half ago. I would aslo try any big round bottle with a nipple more nataural feeling to your baby avent makes a good bottle like this. Hope this help and congragulations on the new baby

After 5 kids, the only bottle that was succesful with us was the Breastflow from First Years. I actually bought mine at Target!!! We had to start with one at 2 weeks with the first weekly trip to Tucson so I didn't have a choice to wait. It has been wonderful and there was never a problem with switching back and forth. My two kids prior to this one wouldn't touch ANY bottle (never did...weaned straight to a cup) and I only wish I had known of these back then. Good luck and hth.

We are actually currently trying to get my 7 week old to take a bottle, and the only one he won't refuse is the playtex drop in bottles, like someone said below. Ironically, it is the same bottle that my older son would take as well. My older son started with that bottle but once he got used to it would take any bottle...
K.

I think it depends on the baby. I used slow flow Medela nipples with my son intermittently starting from about a week old and he was fine with both starting then and still is.

Hi - The kind Felicia metioned is the BreastFlow bottle by the First Years. It's the only bottle that actually requires the baby to latch as opposed to just sucking hard. It was also the only bottle my breastfeeding daughter would take =)

PS start introducing it between 3 and 4 weeks of age and keep consistent. If you don't, the baby may reject any bottle no matter the nipple type =)

Dr. Brown's PREMIE nipples.

There is a store on Gilbert and Southern that offers FREE Breastfeeding classes. It is called Baby Mother and More. Both the store and class are wonderful! They are VERY knowledgeable and carry a lot of hard to find iteams at GREAT prices!

The Dr. Brown's Premie nipples is a tip they give to keep babies from only wanting a bottle. The premie size restricts milk flow similar to the breast so they still have to work for their food allowing them to transition back and forth between breast and bottle easier. Sometimes the ease of a normal nipple causes them to be lazy when it comes to the breast, not wanting to work so hard to get their food. Thus, prefering the bottle.

I did not know this tip before I had my first and I didn't have any problem. But my sister has had good success using the dr. Brown nipples.

Either way the store is Fabulouse! So check it out!

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