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October 16th, 2013, 11:51 AM
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After reading Joy's post, I saw quite a few ladies were attempting to get babe to take a bottle. I was just curious as to why, especially since breastfeeding is so easy now (at the 6 month mark)?

I was hoping to wean my little one to a bottle, and she's not having any of it. I can't stand to know she's hungry, and won't take a bottle, I feel like I'm withholding her food I've only tried a few times, and gave up after a few hours, I just couldn't do it.

The reason for me, is we were hoping to have another baby, and since I'm 39, time isn't really on my side Anyone else have any tips? Or do you just wait it out, it really is only another 6-7 months or so. That is what we decided to do. Just curious.
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I think if she took a bottle at bedtime I would know exactly how much she is getting and would be able to gauge whether I can let her cry it out in the middle of the night when she wakes up. She should not be waking every 2-3 hrs to eat at this stage, yet she is. So either she's not getting enough from me or it's habit. I want to break it bc I am exhausted! I feel like a bottle might help. And then my hubby can help feed.
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October 16th, 2013, 04:16 PM
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Reason I wanted to bottle feed was because my son has reflux, and I have heard that it can be caused by allergies. I can't bring myself to do a TED (total elimination diet)---I did a very restricted diet with my firstborn and it didn't help him. But if I could get Kody to take the bottle, then I could give him a hypoallergenic formula, and then get a good idea of whether there is anything that's bothering his tummy. With Ethan, the older one, we weaned him at 8 months and that was the beginning of him getting much better on the reflux front. Sleep didn't improve until a year later though.
The other reason I wanted to try to wean to a bottle is because of depression. If I had Kody on a bottle, I wouldn't have to worry about any medications that I might need to take getting into his system, and I could get the depression better under control. I feel like it hasn't been under control since before I got pregnant. I swear the day I conceived my mood went haywire. And during pregnancy, my doctor was so conservative I felt like all that mattered was the baby, I didn't matter. So I suffered with it but I'm tired of that.

If those two things were not a problem, I would definitely keep nursing! I was really hoping with this baby I could just nurse him till he was ready to wean. I wished I could do that with Ethan and I felt sad I had to wean him. I wanted to have it the way it is supposed to be.
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Counting Our Blessings, I envy you in a way, you have 10 kids and still want more. I have two and feel overwhelmed. I wanted three kids, but I feel like I have everything against me. Medical issues--I have kidney problems that I can (and have) pass down to my children if I have more, the mental health issues, and financial instability right now that would prevent it as well. I don't know how you do 10 of them, but I admire you. I wish I was built for mothering better. My heart is in it, but everything else is against me!
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Joy, you are a strong woman and I admire your courage.

It's funny how babies want what they want. Opinionated little things! I started giving breast milk in a bottle at 3 weeks and he never had any issues. Fast forward to a couple months ago and he decided he only wanted the bottle . So I began exclusively pumping but my supply has suffered. I keep deciding I'm going to stop pumping and only do formula but every time I just can't bring myself to stop, even though I'm not pumping that much. I had such high hopes of nursing a year + but I have to remind myself all that matters is he's happy and thriving-and boy is he! I don't regret giving him the bottle though. I have to work part time and its also essential that my husband and I squeeze in the occasional date night or time with friends. Motherhood has taught me to go with the flow and to sometimes set aside expectations.
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I like that attitude, Melissa! I need to learn from it!

Joy, I'm overwhelmed too. I thought I wanted 3 too, but I don't think I could deal.
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Hey ladies! Its been awhile but just wanted to chime in, what I have heard is to feed them breast milk on the bottle and slowly add a bit of formula each time so they get used to the taste and wean the pumping. hope it helps!! Good luck!
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Hey Kelsey! Thanks for the advice. I did try that already. I even did breastmilk and sugar water, to sweeten the deal...no go!
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Thanks ladies for the tips and just experience.

Joy, you made me teary. I feel so blessed to have the 10 we do. It gets harder the older I get to have them, enjoy the pregnancy, and deal with thyroid disease. Your boys sound so blessed to call you Mama, don't ever forget that!

I want to add more, but they know when Mama takes a minute. I'll try and get back to finish that thought.
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On the topic of 3 kids........I just have to chime in! I personally found the transition from 0-1 the hardest for SURE. 2-3 was a breeze since baby #2 was super easy. 2-3 was rough in the beginning because Lilah was a fussy baby, but now, at almost 5 months....besides the not sleeping much at night, it has gotten MUCH easier and I see a light at the end of the tunnel! I think that once you're through the baby phase, having 3 isn't so tough. My DH is very supportive though, so that helps immensely.

Melissa - I didn't know you were EP'ing.....not sure how I missed that!
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Just lurking on the thread...but I agree Erin. 0-1 was awful for me. Then 1-2 was so much better, but still with it's challenges. And 2-3 was a breeze because she was easy (but getting harder! Lol). I told hubby that if 3 was like our oldest, we were done.done.done. And if she was like the second, maybe we were done. But now I am sure we will have a fourth (and I even entertain the idea of a fifth ) But that first transition was brutal for me too.
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Erin, how was the 1-2 transition? I have found it a lot more difficult than I expected. People always tell you, "Oh it will be easy for the second one, you already know what to do so it's a cinch!" Meanwhile, I have my second reflux baby in a row and it's kicking my ***. I also read that if you have one reflux baby, it's likely that all the rest will be refluxy too...I can't take that chance. I would lose what little sanity I have left. Anwho! I'm glad it worked out for you.

After reading your post Ashlee, I think we can all take away from this that your willingness to have more children is directly related to how difficult your previous ones were!
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October 17th, 2013, 08:56 PM
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Joy...I had two reflux babies...and a current "happy spitter." No issues with her at all. So you aren't doomed. Mine worked on a sliding scale. Two wasn't a "breeze" because he had his challenges. But I found 0-1 to be at least twice as hard. Even with a reflux baby for #2. Jo is so easy, sometimes I worry that I am deluding myself about being able to handle another Liam or Kieran. I think I could do a Kieran. But another Liam might kill me!

Absolutely Joy!! I would be snipped and done if Jo was like Liam. Haha.
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Ashlee, how was your second (can't remember which is which) compared to your first? I feel like Kody is pretty much the same as Ethan, plus he has failed all reflux meds except this last one to try (Nexium). I'd be afraid the third would be worse than the first two.
Plus Kody has the kidney issue, and will likely have to have surgery for an undecended testicle...
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Joy, one way to think of it is could it be any worse than it already is?! I just know that when I see families with 3 kids, I can see us having 3 too. I feel like I'm not done yet. Even though I said I was! I want one of my kids to have a same sex sibling.

I have decided to see how I feel in a year. A lot can change between now and then.
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2-3 was SUPER easy for me, simply because Julianna slept, didn't have reflux (Lexy did) and was very very laid back. She'd happily sit in the bouncy seat, or wherever I put her, and just look around. She didn't fuss much. At night she'd wake for a bottle only once, then go right back to sleep. She was EASY. That's why 2-3 was easy for me. 0-1 was hard because I didn't know how to be a mother, I was still trying to be selfish, Lexy was a fussy, needy, ornery baby with reflux who never slept. Lilah has been more like Lexy was for sure. Even if she was how Julianna was, we still wouldn't have another.....I always wanted 3, I have 3 and I'm done!
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Erin, did you mean 1-2 was super easy?
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Yes! Sorry.
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