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From breast to bottle Lock Rss

Is it just me or has anybody else had this much trouble??? I've a 15wk old baby boy who I have breastfed from birth however now we would like to introduce a bottle to him so that I can have time apart and socialise alittle.

We have tried both formula and breastmilk in the bottle, different teats, bottles you name it. Bubs just refuses.



Devron born 25wks 2002, Jayden 38wks 2003 & Manaia

Hi Michelle,
I know exactly how you feel at the moment. My daughter, now 8.5 months, was the same. The bad news is she has never taken a bottle and I had to wait until she was 5/6 months and went straight to a cup. We tried everything and were very consistent but she just wouldn't drink.

Now, she will only drink juice or water from a straw (no sipper cups - complete refusal!) and will drink small amounts of cows milk from a regualr tumbler - she will not drink milk through a straw under any circumstances. I still breastfeed her morning, afternoon and night and have skipped the lunch feed as I am returning to work soon.

I hope you have more success that we did, but sometimes it is the baby's decision and you are powerless to do much else, unless you starve them until they are hungry enough to take the bottle (not that important to me to do that, but works for some).

Have yo tried getting your partner to give the bottle to the baby at the same time each day when you ar not around? 30 ml to start with. This was the method we had the most success with (by that I mean less screaming!).

Let me know how it goes
My daughter is now 5 months old and is still very much breast fed. she feeds every 2 hours through the day then sleeps for 12 - 14 hours at night. I would suggest breast feeding for as long as the baby wants it. Don't choose bottle over breast, it's not good for baby either for their physical health or emotional well-being. We weren't made to drink from a plastic bottle, we were made to drink from our mother's breasts. It's recommended to breast feed for at least the first 12 months, up to 5 years, so do yourself and your child a favour, continue to breast feed and you'll not only be doing what's best for Baby, but you'll save an absolute fortune in the end.

mother to Hannah born August 9 2003

My son is 12 weeks and is breastfed. I've done the same, tried different bottles, teats etc... No luck.
He feeds every three hours during the day but is not sleeping through the night. Just 3/4/5 hour blocks. How do I get him to sleep through the night. 12 -14 hours would be bliss!!!

Bett, NSW, 2 boys & Twins 19.2.08

this is for Jade H, don't you realise there is enough pressure for women to breast feed and are made to feel bad if they can't or want to stop without our peers lecturing us as well! If she wants to try and introduce the bottle, that is entirely up to her and shouldn't be made to feel bad about it under any circumstance! I had a horrible time breast feeding and it ended in me crying each time and my little girl crying each time so we slowly weaned and are now fully on the bottle and have bonded much more as mother and daughter than we ever did breast feeding. It is a reality that some women have to go back to work or can't be on call every two hours for their child.

My suggestions is to get someone else to feed the baby the bottle as they can smell the mother and the breast milk, and just slowly wean, or even express and offer breast milk in the bottle first.

I'm sorry, but it just makes me mad to have people critisising in a place like this where other mothers turn to for advice.

Larissa, VIC, Olivia Caitlin DOB: 9/10/03

I agree with Larissa. This is a modern world with modern times. It is up to each individual as to how they wish to feed their baby, without feeling guilty. As long as the baby is being fed, is happy and healthy, does it really matter whether the baby is breast or bottle fed?? I was a bottle fed baby, but I breast fed all 3 of my children. They youngest currently being weaned to a cup from the breast. He is 8.5 months old. The other two were around 7 months when I took them off the breast. They are all very healthy and doing well, and you wouldn't know by looking at them whether they were bottle or breast fed, so why does it matter. What matters is that the mother is not unhappy by the method she has chosen to feed her baby. Do what is right for you!!!

Mother of 3, Qld

Hi Michelle

You are not alone with this problem. My daughter is 9.5 months old and I have only just gotten her onto a bottle, after alot of crying and bottle refusal my health centre nurse suggested this. It might be a little harder for you as your baby is only still very young. As my daugter was drinking water from a bottle my nurse suggested that I start with the same amount of water and add 1 scoop of formula and give this to her as I would plain water, you do this for a couple of days then add 2 scoops and give for a couple of days, then 3 scoops and then 4 scoops, all of t his being in about 200ml of water. Yours will be less as your baby is not as old. It took about 2 weeks and I have now completely weaned her and have a little freedom back. It's worth a try let me know how you go

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