bf baby, need help with bottles. A+E VBAC mama! 2 kids; Gaylord, Minnesota 12226 posts
Jul 16th '13

My 10week old is BF.

I NEED to go back to work starting sept. 1st. So I'll be gone anywhere from 3-9hours at a time. I'll be pumping at work.

I have tried a couple times to get her to take a bottle but she usually spits it out, or she will be leaking so much out the sides of her mouth.

She has taken it once when DH and I were on date night. But she would only eat 1oz.

Any tips on how to get her to take a bottle for an actual whole feeding?

(We have tried 5 different kinds of bottles).

ClarkFamilyOf6 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Lansing, Michigan 1819 posts
Jul 16th '13

For something new like that it may take a few tries for baby to get the hang of it. I ended up using breastflow bottles and DS would only take it from dad when I was not around. DD didn't care who gave it to her but she preferred a completely different bottle all together. It was like going back to square one. Also try the feeding at a time that you know baby is really hungry to help increase how much is consumed. Hope it helps.

Vicki McDonald Due September 28 (boy); 3 kids; Belleville, Ontario 927 posts
Jul 16th '13

I was never able to con my kids into taking a bottle, but I didnt have to go back to work right away so it was ok. I have had several friends say that it is easier if mom isn't the one giving the bottle b.c. babe can smell the milk and is confused that you're not just feeding like normal. It might be easier if someone else was doing the bottle feeding while you were not in the room?

A+E VBAC mama! 2 kids; Gaylord, Minnesota 12226 posts
Jul 16th '13

I'll have to try that kind of bottle.

I usually don't give her the bottle.

The timing thing is probably the problem. We usually try at night, which is her fussy time. Even when she does take it I usually have to nurse her to calm her down/top her off lol.