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August 3rd, 2013, 07:01 AM
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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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August 3rd, 2013, 06:50 PM
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agree. I have been bf and supp w/ bottle and since he was given BOTH from the first week... he can do both
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August 3rd, 2013, 11:43 PM
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thanks for the tip! I've heard several BF momma's say this

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August 4th, 2013, 10:12 PM
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Totally my experience too. My dd we tried everything she refused to eat all day long. This lo is fine at 3 weeks going back and forth.

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August 6th, 2013, 10:48 AM
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I've heard that from other women too. In Canada, we get a year of maternity leave so there's no immense pressure need to have my LO bottle feeding right away. I also don't have a need for a large stockpile of milk since I will be at home with baby most of the time. However, I would like to start making that transition to a bottle so that I can occasionally leave baby with DH or family members for a few hours and go out on my own.

Marcos will be 3 weeks tomorrow. I just got a breast pump today and have started pumping today. I haven't tried giving him the bottle yet so I have no idea how he will react to it. I am a bit worried about him rejecting it because he already hates the pacifier and seems to have no idea what to do with it (although I've only tried one brand).

My LO feeds off one breast at a time, so this morning I pumped 2oz from the same breast that he had just drank from. Next time he feeds, I'll give him the other breast and will pump 2oz from that one.

I'm a FTM so I'm not too sure what I'm doing. This is the first baby in the family and pretty much all my family members formula fed their kids so they have no idea about breastfeeding. Most of the info I have is from what I've read online. For all other BF moms... does that sound just about right?
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August 8th, 2013, 02:56 AM
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My LO feeds off one breast at a time, so this morning I pumped 2oz from the same breast that he had just drank from. Next time he feeds, I'll give him the other breast and will pump 2oz from that one.

Just a suggestion -- once your LO feed pump both breasts and this will help keep your supply high. I know you aren't "stockpiling" the milk but it's always good for a growth spurt if you are away. I've done this 3 times now and it's nice to have "relief" and both breasts even (LOL) Best of luck to you and happy/jealous you guys get 12 months maternity leave
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August 8th, 2013, 10:11 AM
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Well, I tried giving Marcos breastmilk from the bottle and it went pretty well. I tested by giving him 2oz in an Avent bottle and he immediately gulped it down in less than 5 min, so there are no issues with him rejecting the bottle. Only problem is that he spit up quite a bit of it afterwards, probably because he drank it so fast! I supposed once he gets more used to drinking from the bottle he'll do it more moderately.
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