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May 23rd, 2013, 11:47 AM
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Is anyone bottle feeding pumped milk AND breast feeding?

If so, what kind of nipple do you use?

Did baby have issues going back and forth between bottle and breast?

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May 23rd, 2013, 11:54 AM
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Yes, although she's only had 2 or 3 bottles. They were Playtex dropins, with slow flow nipples. That's what we used with Grace, who was also breast fed. They worked great with Grace. This time, though, when I bought new nipples, they seem to flow too fast. I'm considering trying something else...maybe the breastflow bottles (maybe by First Years ). I still haven't decided. Ultimately I would prefer something without 900 small parts to wash--that becomes very important to me after going back to work and having to wash bottles all the time. But I also need something with truly slow flow nipples.

Neither of my girls has had nipple confusion, even though we introduced bottles and pacis early.
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May 23rd, 2013, 12:20 PM
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We have tried to bottle feed him some pumped milk and he freaks out and chokes. So no go on that. I've tried 5 different bottles. Researched what was most similar to breastfeeding and bought those and no luck.
Oh well. I love the bonding experience I have with L and I think it has helped me to heal quicker and not have blues or ppd. I don't mind nursing in public either or in front of family an friends. If they have an issue they can excuse themselves not me.
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May 23rd, 2013, 01:53 PM
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We bottle feed breast milk at least a few times a week and it works great. We started at 4 weeks old and use a Tommee Tippee bottle, which is short and fat, with a big, wide-based nipple. I also have some similar looking Similac bottles that I received for free, and my husband thinks Baby prefers the Tommee Tippee bottles, so now we use them exclusively.

I love being able to fill a bottle with breast milk and bring it with me, so if I'm out with friends or family someone can feed her the bottle when she's fussy/hungry and I don't have to excuse myself for 20 minutes to breastfeed. If I leave the house to run errands and leave the baby at home with DH, he will almost always give her a bottle, because it's the easiest way to keep her from crying when I'm gone, even if I fed her an hour earlier.

I've also done several 2 hr + car trips and the bottle works great if timing is off and she gets hungry. She hasn't had any nipple confusion at all. I just try to give her more than 1 bottle a day so that she won't start to prefer them, and I try to make sure I pump anytime she takes a bottle to keep my milk production at the right amount.
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May 23rd, 2013, 01:55 PM
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I am bottle and breast feeding Darion.
I use the Breast Flow bottles, slow drip nipples and he loves them and never has a problem. They have a double nipple that tries to simulate breast feeding. I go back and forth every day and its been working great!
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May 23rd, 2013, 02:36 PM
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I am only giving expresses milk via bottle & am not BF'ING ... I am using the playtex drop ins with a slow flow nipple ...
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May 23rd, 2013, 03:06 PM
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She gets a one ounce bottle daily so that I can give her probiotics for her gas issues. She also gets bottles a about 3 times a week when we are out and about and this past friday I had to leave her for 18 hours so she got bottles the entire time. She still prefers the breast to bottle.

We introduced the occassional bottle at 2 weeks with the Madela slow flow nipple. It is great because it screws right onto the container you pump into. Now that she is 2.5 months, we have started using the Avent 1m+ nipple. We tried switching to it earlier but she was far too messy.
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May 23rd, 2013, 05:40 PM
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I am bottle and breast feeding Darion.
I use the Breast Flow bottles, slow drip nipples and he loves them and never has a problem. They have a double nipple that tries to simulate breast feeding. I go back and forth every day and its been working great!
Glad to hear you like them! Those are on my list to try.
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May 23rd, 2013, 06:16 PM
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It took is awhile to find a bottle he didn't gag and choke on, so far the only one is Playtex dropins with the latex slow flow nipples.

He's had maybe 3-4 bottles because of not being able to find the right ones for him.
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May 23rd, 2013, 09:21 PM
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I just started!!! Antonia did a great job, and we will be continuing. It was a ThinkBaby bottle StageA
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May 23rd, 2013, 11:48 PM
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With my daughter, she was given bottles of pumped milk while I was at work. I used Playtex Drop Ins & she had no problems at all. I think I may have continued using the slow flow nipples even as she got older. Tyler has had one bottle, and that was because Brooklyn accidently dropped a container of frozen milk out of the freezer & the lid cracked, so I didn't want to waste the milk...plus she was anxious to try feeding him. He did great with the Drop Ins bottle as well, and he nursed right after with no problem. It does give me some peace of mind knowing that he will take the bottle well, just in case.
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May 24th, 2013, 01:51 AM
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Troy is probably 50%-50% with breast and bottles of pumped milk. I don't always have the time (or desire) to nurse him because each session is at least 45 minutes. He tends to fall asleep on the breast and I am constantly trying to wake him to continue. We use the Medela Calma nipple. It is supposed to simulate breastfeeding and it does not flow unless baby sucks. No problems switching back and forth. As long as he is fed, he is happy.
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May 24th, 2013, 08:15 AM
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From the beginning I started pumping a few times during the day to allow my husband to give the baby a bottle during one of the night feedings. He knows my well being isn't that great if I lose too much sleep, so he insisted I let him feed once during the night. This week however, Aaron has been sleeping a bit longer and only waking once during the night about 4 or 5am. By this time my breast are full and hurting so I feed him. So he hasn't been getting as many bottles of bm lately.

When he does, he likes the Playtex drop ins. I have used these (along with other bottles) for all my boys. I originally started with both the Playtex and the Breast flow bottles. I like the idea of the breast flow bottles, but my husband hated how long it took Aaron to drink from the nipple. In the beginning he was a very sleepy eater and would always fall asleep. It was during this period that we were trying the breast flow that hubby decided he didn't like it. I may need to try them again since he is older.

He hasn't had much in the way of confusion with the nipples when coming back to the breast. It could be said that he had some confusion using the bottles, he would just chew and lick at the bottle nipples and would take some time actually latching and drinking from them.
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May 24th, 2013, 09:05 AM
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Yes, although she's only had 2 or 3 bottles. They were Playtex dropins, with slow flow nipples. That's what we used with Grace, who was also breast fed. They worked great with Grace. This time, though, when I bought new nipples, they seem to flow too fast. I'm considering trying something else...maybe the breastflow bottles (maybe by First Years ). I still haven't decided. Ultimately I would prefer something without 900 small parts to wash--that becomes very important to me after going back to work and having to wash bottles all the time. But I also need something with truly slow flow nipples.

Neither of my girls has had nipple confusion, even though we introduced bottles and pacis early.
I agree with the nipples not being slowflow even when they say slow flow
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May 24th, 2013, 12:50 PM
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We have tried tommee tippee and to me they seemed to flow too fast on the slowest flow.

We tried breast flow and he made a mess with those. Milk got in between the two nipples and I don't know if it is supposed to do that.

I had a friend who is part of the le Leche league and she recommends adiri because that is what worked best for her and it resembles a real nipple.

She also informed me that when bottle feeding a breastfed baby that they do better siting in a more upright position.
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May 24th, 2013, 07:55 PM
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No, Ashton has not had any nipple confusion between bottles and bfing. I am using the first year breast flow and I have used a similac bottle sample and they seem to work great.
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May 25th, 2013, 08:13 PM
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I tried the Playtex Ventaire, which is what our girls all used. Hubby thought it was flowing too fast for him. So, I bought a couple of Mam bottles to try, and those seem a little better. We've only done a total of 3-4 bottles, probably once a week or so. We have had no issues with nipple confusion. The bottle actually seems harder for him because he can't control the flow as well as he can when nursing, and he ends up having milk trickling out.
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May 26th, 2013, 09:11 AM
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Troy is probably 50%-50% with breast and bottles of pumped milk. I don't always have the time (or desire) to nurse him because each session is at least 45 minutes. He tends to fall asleep on the breast and I am constantly trying to wake him to continue. We use the Medela Calma nipple. It is supposed to simulate breastfeeding and it does not flow unless baby sucks. No problems switching back and forth. As long as he is fed, he is happy.

Just a heads up.. you might want to read the calma nipple reviews on Amazon. All the LC's I work with and the private one I hired all said that Medela is looking to recall the nipple because they are not slow flow and are flooding milk into babies causing them to sputter/choke/gag.

I'm making sure to do whatever I can to make sure breastfeeding is successful this time and working 12 hour shifts means he HAS to take a bottle at some point. We are using Dr. Brown's (much to my dismay.. I didn't want to deal with small parts) but they were recommended by the speech therapist, the pediatric dentist, and all the lactation consultants. We did try a breastflow and even that was too fast for Camden. We do "paced bottle feeding":
Paced Bottle Feeding For The Breastfed Baby - YouTube

i used playtex drop ins with Owen and they worked great but I HATED having to buy drop ins all the **** time.
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