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Name: heather
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i am concerned with the breastfeeding thing. i want to breastfeed when i have my baby but i want to know what to do when i go back to work? and how do you switch a baby between the bottle and the breast. will some moms with experience please help?
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Name: Michele Cook | Date: Aug 18th, 2005 12:52 PM
I have breastfed two babies while working and I pumped with each. Now I work from home and was able to not pump for the last half of my second son's breastfeeding term! I would be glad to talk to you about that if you wish to look into staying home for awhile. As for weaning I never had a problem going to the sippy cup right away at one year. I always still held and cuddled them while they were drinking and I think that's what did it, they still got the cuddling and closeness as opposed to just being handed a bottle or cup and not held!
http://mcook.stayinhomeandlovinit.com 

Name: sarah | Date: Aug 20th, 2005 11:46 PM
Work some bottles of juice in and water,for a couple of weeks
then work in some formula.Still breast feed here and there then wein baby off slow or only breast feed at night once baby is taking formula. 

Name: Cari | Date: Dec 5th, 2005 5:30 PM
When it comes time to switch from breast to bottle you should leave the house. Babies can smell mother's milk and if you are nearby chances are more likely they will want you. The success of transitioning will go much smoother without you. Work it slowly of course. You will both do fine. 

Name: Sheryl | Date: Dec 14th, 2005 11:05 PM
I gradually introduced one bottle at a time into my daughter's routine. At first it was breastmilk, and eventually I switched to formula. I waited until that bottle feed was established really well before another bottle was added. It worked really well for us! 

Name: Cristy | Date: Dec 18th, 2005 2:07 AM
Don't take Sarah's advice. Never feed your under six month old baby water or juice. Formula is a much better, and breast is best.

OK first, maybe consider not SWITCHING to bottle, but just ADDING the bottle.

I started pumping as soon as I started lactating. Once she was 2 or 3 weeks old, I started feeding her an ounce or two from a bottle, maybe every other day. It was slow going but she got the hang of it. Sometimes I'd walk her around the house, distracting her and sticking the bottle in her mouth. I continued pumping at work and she had breastmilk almost exclusively for the first six months. Now I just nurse her whenever we happen to be together, and my supply is fine. 

Name: Kasia | Date: Dec 29th, 2005 11:56 PM
My baby girl is 3 months old and we are well I am having a hard time getting her to switch to formula. Breast is beast and she knows it. I have tryed switching to soy witch i think she likes better and having the bottle really warm holding her close or sometimes i find it it's just better to get someone else to feed her. Anther way i found she takes a bottle more williongly is when were out like when i slip it in and she's sleeping in her car seat. Another important issue is to get a nipple that was designed for breast fed babies and u might have to try several. This is my advice it isnt working for me but hey maybe someone else will find it useful. and to all the mom's who feed their babies till the are 12 month I congradulate you . I really dont enjoy breast feeding exclusivly but im doing it so my baby get all the benefits associated with breast milk. Good luck to all!! God Bless 


Name: melinda | Date: Feb 1st, 2006 4:10 PM
My baby is 5 mo old and she will not take a bottle so far. It took her a long time to learn to breastfeed and i had to pump for the first 2-3 weeks of her life. After 4 visits to a lactation specialist she caught on. Now that i want her to take a bottle, with either breast milk or formula. I am so ready for a break. So many of my friends with babies have no problem at all. I have had no such luck, Good luck and best wishes. My olny advice dont ever give up on the boob. it is best and you will be thankful when all the formula babies around you are sick and have ear infections!!! 

Name: 3 time nursing mom | Date: Feb 3rd, 2006 3:09 AM
Heather,
It CAN be done! And you CAN do it! You just need to be willing to make the extra effort.
I nursed my first two while working full time. This was back in the 80's when the world wasn't so nursing-friendly as it is now. I was taking my breaks in a bathroom stall expressing milk manually.

Fortunately times have changed! There are wonderful breast pumps out there, and I highly recommend making the investment in a good quality kind. I purchase a used Medela 'Pump-in-Style' for $80 when I was working part time with my third being an infant. Brand new it would have been over $200. But knowing now at how wonderful it works, I would have easily paid that much for it had that been my only option.
There are others out there, some work as well, and others not as well. I can tell you that the Medela is excellant and will ease in your transition.

However, as I mentioned above, I am proof that if you want it bad enough for your baby, you can do this without any pump even. Though I would never desire to go back to those days knowing about the pumps available today, I would still manually express if that was my only option.

As for having a baby accept the bottle after the breast, like some of the others have said, I would start introducing the bottle now. But personally, I would strongly recommend that you do not give her the bottle. Have someone else do that. The risk is that because the bottle nipple is easier to get milk out of, baby will prefer the bottle to breast. This is not a promise, it is just a warning of a risk. It is best to keep you associated with the breast in your baby's mind. 'When daddy or daycare feeds me, it is bottle time. When mommy feeds me, it's soft warm breast'.
Find a bottle and nipple that is designed similar to a breast nipple, like NUK or Avent, there are several out there. You may need to try a few. Express some milk, hand it to daddy or whoever is with baby, and then go for a walk or shopping, or a movie, during baby's next feeding time. At first baby may put up a fuss, and may even refuse to eat at all until you come home again. That's o.k. It may take a while at first. Remember this is a big adjustment for baby. Thank daddy or babysitter for their patience, and then try again tomorrow.

If possible try to do this about the same time you will be gone when your return to work. Although this may be helpful, it is not necessary, so if that is not possible, do not be too concerned.

As you introduce baby to this new concept, make sure you still are around to feed her daily. And make sure you always express your milk so that you do not suffer from a blocked milk duct.

Heather,
every baby is different, but most babies are able to adjust and will take both the bottle and breast in time. Just have patience.

Good luck! 

Name: Fiona | Date: Feb 3rd, 2006 4:16 PM
Babies are supposed to have drinks of water esp. if they're on formula.

Milk is food and they get thirsty just like we do. Giving cool, boiled water is fine for them. 

Name: Agnes | Date: Feb 4th, 2006 9:54 PM
I breastfed all my kids for as long as I could. When I needed to add the bottle in, I would hold them against me close, just like I was breastfeeding, but give them a bottle, which was no problem for them. Then, when I had to go away and they just had the bottle, they were used to it. It wasn't hard at all. I hope this helps. Breastfeeding is great, please go with it! 

Name: Christina F | Date: Feb 5th, 2006 4:27 PM
Okay, you know how you say babies should have water too. But I someone wrote, cooled boiled water. What about bottled water? That's all I drink. I would assume it would be just as healthy. Am I missing something? 

Name: 3 time nursing mom | Date: Feb 6th, 2006 12:13 AM
Christina,
Babies are much more sensitive to any contaniments then we are. Bottled water is no guarantee that it contains no contaniments. Children under 18 months of age do not have a well enough developed immunity to deal with ordinary contaniments found in such things as ordinary bottled water. Therefore it is necessary to either boil water, or purchase sterilized water specifically for babies.

However it is not necessary to give breastfed babies water.

Giving them water does no harm, and water can be refreshing for them on a hot day, so an older baby may want water. But it is not necessary. It is needed for formula fed babies though.
Breastmilk has enough water in it to supply babies with all the water they need.

I never gave my babies water, though my husband did on occasion if baby was hungry and I was away but expected home shortly, rather then warming up a bottle of expressed milk. This was for my comfort for when you are on a certain schedule with baby, if you miss a feeding you should express the milk, otherwise your breast start to fill up and it can cause discomfort, and slow down your production. 

Name: Jill | Date: May 6th, 2006 10:49 PM
My daughter is 19 months. I am a stay at home mom. She can drink from a cup. How do I stop breastfeeding? 

Name: tspad | Date: Jun 5th, 2006 9:52 AM
I am actually having a very difficult time getting my daughter to take a bottle of breast milk. I feel like I've tried everything but nothing seems to work. I have been breast feeding my daughter since her birth and I intend to keep it up for a full 12 months if I can. Yet, I want the freedom of being able to give her a bottle, when breastfeeding isn't convenient or when she is with another caregiver. I got the advice to introduce the bottle early, soon after breast feeding was well established. I introduced the bottle at 3 weeks and she did take it from me, my husband, and my mother on various occasions. However, It was diffucut to get into any routine with bottlefeeding because during the week my husband is only home in the evening during her "fussy" time - a time that is not good for giving her a bottle. I kept trying to give her the bottle at least a couple times a week for the past two months but it became more and more difficult. It's almost like she became more aware of what was going on and now at 3 months she completely refuses the bottle, even when I have someone else give it to her and don't let her hear me or see me if I am in th house. Even my mother (who is very patient, having had 6 of her own kids) hasn't been successful in giving her the bottle. My daughter will just cry and cry (up to 5 hours!) until she gets the boob.

Needless to say I am completely frustrated and discouraged. I love breastfeeding but I wanted to have some freedom, and I am very concerned about getting her to take the bottle before she goes to daycare in a couple months.

I am open to any suggestions,

Tracy 

Name: NikkiJ | Date: Nov 1st, 2007 6:53 PM
First off, do NOT listen to people yelling you to give your baby water in the first year of life. WATER IS UNNECESSARY as formula and breastmilk provide enough water to keep your baby hydrated even on hot days. If you do give water, you run the risk of your baby not wanting to take in milk/formula which contains all of the nutrients your baby needs. Also, water can dilute your baby's blood electrolytes, like sodium, causing your ltitle one to have seizures.

Second, breast feeding is a wonderful thing to provide for your baby. I strongly encourage you to do it for all of the benefits it offers for you and baby.

However, I'm breastfeeding my nearly 3-mo old daughter and am having a terrible time getting her to take a bottle. We've been trying for 6 wks with no luck. I need to work outside of the home including overnight stays, so this is very difficult. We started during her 5th week of life. However, all of my friends and colleagues have not had any difficulties making the switch. Some started the bottle right away and some later. Some did not continue breastfeeding after switching, however. There is a risk of your baby preferring the bottle over breast if you make the switch early.

Remember, no matter what you decide, your baby will have all of the nutrition he/she needs and the same amount of love from you.

NikkiJ 

Name: NikkiJ | Date: Nov 1st, 2007 6:55 PM
First off, do NOT listen to people telling you to give your baby water in the first year of life. WATER IS UNNECESSARY as formula and breastmilk provide enough water to keep your baby hydrated even on hot days. If you do give water, you run the risk of your baby not wanting to take in milk/formula which contains all of the nutrients your baby needs. Also, water can dilute your baby's blood electrolytes, like sodium, causing your ltitle one to have seizures.

Second, breast feeding is a wonderful thing to provide for your baby. I strongly encourage you to do it for all of the benefits it offers for you and baby.

However, I'm breastfeeding my nearly 3-mo old daughter and am having a terrible time getting her to take a bottle. We've been trying for 6 wks with no luck. I need to work outside of the home including overnight stays, so this is very difficult. We started during her 5th week of life. However, all of my friends and colleagues have not had any difficulties making the switch. Some started the bottle right away and some later. Some did not continue breastfeeding after switching, however. There is a risk of your baby preferring the bottle over breast if you make the switch early.

Remember, no matter what you decide, your baby will have all of the nutrition he/she needs and the same amount of love from you.

NikkiJ 

Name: astou | Date: Nov 3rd, 2007 10:26 PM
first of all your immediate priority should be getting breastfeeding well established. Try not to introduce a bottle until 4-6 weeks...however do introduce a bottle at this time if you are planning to go back to work by 3 months (babies often become resistant around 2 months). If you can pump your breast milk for your baby this would be best. For one thing, it tastes much better than formula to baby and limits the variables if baby refuses bottle, for another, and more importantly, it is better for baby. If you are having trouble getting enough breast milk for that initial bottle feeding pump for a few minutes after 3 or 4 feeding each day for 2-3 days (freeze each day's collection at the end of each day - you can combine them when you thaw. Doing this extra pumping will boost your supply and give you enough for that first bottle feeding (at which time you should also pump through the entire feeding if baby takes the bottle). Next, get a bottle that has a wide base and slow flow nipple - this limits nipple preference as baby still has to work to get the milk out and retains the wide flange of baby's lips when feeding. Third, make sure milk is body temperature (never microwave breastmilk). So now for the tricky part - getting baby to take the bottle. Sometimes this works best if dad or another caregiver gives the bottle without mom around. Oh, make sure the baby is not extremely hungry when trying the bottle for the first time - they are much more willing to try new things if they are not starving (when they are hungry they only want what they know will give them food - i.e. nursing). Now, sometime baby will not recognize dad or another caregiver as a source of food and only mom will be able to get baby to eat from a bottle. If this is not even working, start the feeding nursing, have a bottle ready, as soon as baby is in a groove, try slipping the bottle nipple in place of the real one. Try, try, try, patience, it will come soon. This rarely takes longer than a week if you persevere at least once a day. Once baby has established bottle feeding, try to continue one feeding a day at the same time by bottle...until you go back to work (continue to pump this feeding to maintain supply and provide milk for the next day.) After going back to work try to breastfeed as much as possible when you are with baby - you will maintain your supply better (pumping is not generally as efficient as baby) Almost every baby will eventually go back and forth just fine if given enough time to get the hang of it. Continue with the slow flow nipple until going back and forth between breast and bottle is second nature for baby. If baby starts preferring bottle over breast do the same process in reverse, but make sure your milk has let down when you latch baby on in mid-feed. Best of luck! 

Name: Gabriella | Date: Dec 13th, 2007 6:10 PM
What is the best bottle to use when switching baby from bottle to breast. My 5-week old daughter is fighting us every step of the way. How long will it take? She took it once before for my husband with no problem but I am trying to do it and she is fighting me. In all we have tried (my husband alone) 4 times and I have tried twice myself. Will she just one day start doing it? HELP!! 

Name: audreybliss | Date: Dec 13th, 2007 10:37 PM
If anyone is interested in working at home I'd love to talk to you and give you some info. I am exclusivly breast feeding, working full time at a regular job, and then part time from home,It's so hard to keep up with my daughter while pumping. I'm trying to make the switch and I've found a great work at home job. I just want to give out info, if your interested please email me elizabeth.fierro@yahoo.com or visit one of my websites www.moms4netprofit.com/elizabethf 

Name: ban | Date: Dec 27th, 2007 12:47 PM
i have the same problem with my 3 months old daughter, i'm trying to introduce the bottle for her more often now although i gave her from time to time bottle in younger age and she had no problem taking it but now at 3 month of age she is aware what she want...she refuses and cries so long..but i calm her down with sips of water in a syringe and later i let her sit in her boppy and hold her hand cause she gets agrevated more in my arm where she accpect the breast, i keep the bottle in her mouth untill she gets tierd..she startt chewing on it and then takes it .but i guess she is taking less than when breasfeeding.almost 3 ounces only...
sometimes the whole process will take up to 3 hours and sometimes only half and hour of continuous resistance..
keep up your tirals...don;t give up...good luck and be patient..
let me know 

Name: mommy_2 | Date: Jan 18th, 2008 1:55 PM
I have been breast feeding for 4 and 1/2 months now and would like to start wiening my daughter but shes really stubborn any suggestions 

Name: rayna | Date: Jan 21st, 2008 11:11 PM
I think all the moms out there having a hard time switching from breast to bottle should try DIFFERENT BOTTLES. Try as many different kinds of nipples as you need to!! My little one prefers the playtex orange nipple, i think it's rubber. She won't touch the gerber kind..I prefer breastfeeding her, but sometimes want to have a glass of wine or two and give her formula...She takes the Playtex dropins bottle just fine but wont go near the other bottle I tried offering her...She's gonna be eight months on Sat. Been breastfeeding but sometimes gets a bottle or two of formula..Good luck to all the mothers out there!!Good Job in trying! 

Name: playmatex3x | Date: Feb 14th, 2008 12:14 AM
switch very slowly... i breastfed for 3 and a half months and lucky for me, she took both formula and breast milk. if your babies are the same way, its easier to switch. or i heard you can put something sweet on your nipple to make the baby want a bottle instead. 

Name: Viktoriya | Date: Nov 28th, 2009 7:20 PM
hi all, i need help !my baby is 10 weeks, she is doing very well with breastfeeding,unfortunately i have to go back to work soon, so we try to switch her to bottle but she absolutely hates it. I have tried every possible type of bottle and nipple i could find at the store,and i had someone else try to feed her but no luck!She just wont latch on the bottle and then starts crying so everything leeks out of her mouth,its a disaster.I have no problems breastfeeding if i only didnt have to go back to work.I am very worried what is she going to do when i am not around.Maybe anyone who had the same problems has some tips to help me please!!! 

Name: msjeannie | Date: Jan 9th, 2010 9:25 AM
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your baby...it is the most wonderful, unselfish gift you can give him or her. Get help from a breastfeeding knowledgeable provider. Not all are knowledgeable....find the right one! They are out there. Also, to find a lactation consultant locally, check out: http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1 Click on the right picture, Find a Lactation Consultant. Good luck, help is right around the corner! 

Name: katie van | Date: Jun 10th, 2010 10:17 PM
i had my baby two months ago and i am trying to go out and drink. i have went over a year now so it would be a nice night out with the girls. i just dont know how to go about doin it since i am breastfeeding . i am wondering if anyone knows what would be the best way to go about do this. someone please help cause i dont wanna stop breastfeeding i just want a night out. 

Name: Jasmine21 | Date: Oct 7th, 2010 5:07 PM
hey my baby going to be 3 months on the 19 how do i get him to take the bottle......... 

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