Breasetfeeding and bottle
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August 3rd, 2013, 07:01 AM
Mega Super Mommy
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Northeast USA
I hope that no one minds me jumping over from the June 2013 playroom. I wanted to share a little (unsolicited) advice. Some ladies returning to work on our boards are experiencing bottle rejection with their babies. I was there two times. I cried my eyes out when it out and stressed myself out so much that I barely ate for weeks. I just wanted to share this post in the event I can help one mama and baby not experience the same thing.
With our first two sons, the specialist said to wait for about 6 weeks before introducing the bottle so as not to confuse with the breast. (I am a proponent of breastfeeding as I did with my first two and am doing with our third). Well, in our experience that was tooooo late. My first son would have no part of the bottle. We tried everything they said (all the types of bottles, DH and grandma giving the bottle when I was not at home, trying the bottle at Grandma's house, at the mall, outside, waiting until he was starving, waking him and trying the bottle before he fully woke, trying right after nursing, etc. You think of it, we tried it). The only thing that ever worked was a bottle shaped like a silicon breast implant where we could squeeze the ebm into his mouth and he would swallow. It was torture on my Mom (who watched him while I worked), on him, and on me knowing he would not eat much during the day. I would run home from work at every possibility, we would marathon nurse through the night (which meant no sleep for me), etc. I suspect he was an extreme case - but I don't want others to experience the same.
With our second son, we started around 3 weeks and with a bit of work, we got him to take a bottle.
With our third child, I started a bottle of ebm in a bottle at 5 days of age. Today she is 8 weeks and has no preference between bottle or breast. She just wants her food. While there is a part of me who would like her to prefer me over a plastic bottle, it is such a joy not to be stressed 100% of the time about her eating when I have to be away.
I am not trying to lecture anyone and I know there are lots of specialists who would disagree with me. I only share this because I really don't want babies to go through what my first son did. I nearly quit my job over it. You cannot image the pit inside of you to think your baby is crying in hunger. So if this can help someone, I hope it does. If it doesn't work for you, I mean no harm ;p
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