My youngest daughter is 3 months old and she breastfeeds. I would like to get her to take breastmilk from bottle so when my husband comes home from deployment we can have a night alone. I have tried so many different nipples and she wont take any of them. I am not the one who gives her the bottle so I know she can't smell me and know the real thing is near by. I don't know what else to try. Any advise?
I would suggest that you keep trying those different nipples. I know that I hated how much money I shelled out trying nipples, but something has to work. Has anyone else besides you tried to give her a bottle? Maybe if it's you, she knows your smell and she knows that she can get the good stuff straight from the source! I would suggest that who ever gives her the bottle wrap her up in a piece of your clothing that smells like you, that might help. Also, maybe consult a lactation specialist about the problem, they've heard everything in the book. Good luck! I hope that you get that special night with your hero!!
One of the problems babies have with going from breast to botttle that we don't understand is that it takes alot more work for them to express milk from the breast than it does from a bottle!!! When you switch all of a sudden the're choking and gagging from putting energy into something that takes very little compared to what they were use too!!! What a cruel trick, huh???
Anyway....the best thing I'd suggest is to use the platex nurser. The nipples are designed with a slower flow to immitate a mother's breast. Are you warming the breast milk? Temperature is the key as well!!! Hold your baby close to you as you would nursing and introduce the bottle and talk to her in a soothing voice just like you would when you are nursing her. It may take a few tries...try not to give in to nursing her and when she's hungry she'll take to it eventually. You might want to alternate nursing and the bottle until she gets use to the change. Only remember to pump the times you miss to keep up with the milk production. For the future it is always good to introduce a bottle to a breastfed baby as early as possible after they've mastered the nursing process because they will pick up on it easier.
Hope this works...keep us posted to how it goes and good luck....Goody
Last edited by goody2shuz; 09-27-2004 at 07:02 AM.
Babies are so different. My first Daughter didn't care where ther milk came from. My second daughter would not take the bottle for anything. It took 2 weeks to finally get her to take the bottle. I suggest a latex nipple like the last poster said along with a burp rag that has your scent on it, a shirt would be a little weird. Try putting the burp rag in between your breats in your bra all day and then give it to whoever is going to try feeding your daughter to put next to your daughters face between the person and her. Make sure the milk is warm. It is a little early to try introduncing baby food to her, I don't know when your husband will be back, but it may be easier to have the person feed her baby food in one of the bottles made for that. The consistency will make it harder to suck and will solve the issue of choking on the fast stream of milk. Let us know how it goes.