Introducing Bottle Feeding

by Melanie Edwards on March 30, 2011 · 5 comments

in babies,Breastfeeding

Bottle Feeding

He won’t go hungry. He’ll eventually take the bottle.”

These were the words baby boy’s pediatrician said regarding introducing bottle feeding. But, just how long is eventually?

When I went on the Disney Dream Christening cruise with baby girl in January, we were able to get him to drink from the bottle without any issues. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of not continuing to give him a bottle at least once a week, and now he completely refuses it.

We’ve been trying to introduce a bottle for a few weeks now, with no luck. Of course, my husband has tried feeding him, since we know it’s less likely baby boy will take the bottle from me. We’ve also tried two different kinds of bottles and a couple of different combinations with the formula. Even my pumped breast milk has been an issue.

Taking the advice of his pediatrician, we’ve persisted with the bottle and tried for hours at a time before I cave in and nurse him. As she said, if he’s hungry, he should take it. Apparently, our boy is quite the stubborn baby, though. He will go quite a while refusing the bottle, even though we know he’s hungry. So, how long is too long?

I love nursing baby boy. But, it would be nice to be able to take a break every now and then or be able to leave him with someone for more than an hour or two. His daddy and I would love to have a date night or even take baby girl to the movies and give her some “only for her” time.

We will keep trying. The latest suggestion I received that I need to try is to warm the bottle’s nipple a little.

What other tips do you have for introducing the bottle to a breastfed baby?
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1 Chantilly Patiu00f1o March 30, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Melanie, I always struggled with this too and my daughter NEVER preferred a bottle. I did the same and let hubby take over the bottle duty because she knew I had the goods and wouldn’t accept that from me, but it only worked on a case by case basis. Some days yes, others no. I think the best bet is to have a variety of different bottle types and nipple styles and textures. My daughter would be ok with some and complete averted with others. Also, it seemed like sometimes she would prefer one type and the next time another. Also, trying the temp thing may help too. The less firm the better too, because my daughter always figured it wasn’t right when she felt those stiff rubber nipples…they’re not fooling anyone! One more thing…the flow…sometimes they get too much or not enough depending on the style of nipple or bottle.nnI found a link that shows some different styles ( ) , but I’m a little horrified at how difficult it is to find any information about this topic online! Sheesh!

2 Monica March 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Mel, does he take a pacifier? (Mine never would.) Maybe if you can get him to accept a pacifier, he would be more likely to accept a bottle?

3 modernmami March 31, 2011 at 8:27 pm

He does take a pacifier. I’ll give your suggestion from FB a try. Thanks!

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