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Introducing expressed milk to breastfed baby?

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Madinitials Mon 06-Jun-11 17:30:54

My DS is 4 months old and EBF. We're going to a wedding without him in 6 weeks and on holiday just afterwards and I would like to drop some breast feeds but after taking a couple of feeds from a tommee tippee botlle, he is now refusing tommee tippee, avent and nuby bottles. Any advice please?

cocoachannel Mon 06-Jun-11 17:39:28

After eight weeks of trying different brands with DD who is 13 weeks, we have finally had a breakthrough using Breastflow bottles. For us it was a case of trial and error for weeks then offering the Breastflow bottle at the start of each feed (which is a pain with sterilising etc.!). After a few days of flat out refusal (in itself an improvement on the screaming with other bottles) she took just 25mls, then a little more each feed, until happily a whole one. The expressed milk has to be very warm.

I don't think the brand of bottle made a difference in reality; the key was being consistent with the same bottle at every feed.

cocoachannel Mon 06-Jun-11 17:39:44


Madinitials Mon 06-Jun-11 19:06:11

Thanks for your reply Cocoa, maybe I didn't warm the milk enough?

cocoachannel Mon 06-Jun-11 19:09:05

I resorted to buying an actual bottle warmer (about £20 on Amazon) to ensure I could get the milk warm enough! My hope is that if we use that at home for a while she will get used to the bottle and be happy to take a cooler bottle when out and about if needs be...

mimmymouse Mon 06-Jun-11 19:23:07

My EBF DD takes EBM without any trouble, but I have never given her the bottle - to avoid confusion, it has been my DH, SIL etc because the reason she needed to learn to take the bottle is because I wasn't there to BF!! Pehaps this will help?? When we introduced her to expressed bottles I stayed out of the room.

Very good luck!

PS we use Medela bottles and teats

PenguinArmy Mon 06-Jun-11 21:30:49

tbh expressing or using formula on holiday sounds more stressful than just feeding them yourselves. BF has been a god send for all our travels and couldn't imagine anything else (she had regular bottles so I'm not anti bottle feeding)

sorry can't help with bottle refusal, how about a cup. DD got a bit funny with bottles at 4 months but was fine with a cup. She eventually came back round to bottles OK

Madinitials Tue 07-Jun-11 21:35:56

Penguin what type of cup did you use?

PenguinArmy Tue 07-Jun-11 21:44:50

well we don't seem to have much choice here. Had a valved sippy cup type one. It was a bit difficult to find one for younger smaller babies. We just browsed and then picked one. In fact I think it was this one

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