DP wants to bottle feed our EBF two week old.(29 Posts)
He has five kids from previous relationship who were bottle fed. My child from previous relationship was EBF. He says he feels useless and is worried he won't bond with new bub. I'm feeling stuck on what to do.
Dh told me he felt like a bit of a spare part when dc1 was tiny. We decided he would make bath time his thing - I was careful to keep right out of it and not offer advice/ tell him what to do etc. it was really lovely and worked really well as being their special time. Was really nice for all of us when he was working too.
I was expressing after a couple of weeks. Meant that my milk supply was great, as breasts were always emptied fully and I could go to bed early and DH could do the dream feed and do the first half of the night. Worked great for us. Expressing is a faff, but I thought it was great. Obviously electric pump (I had Medela)
I agree. I think a lot of men who pressure partners to bottle feed want a 'nice' baby job to get them off the hook for other jobs.
Do you want to give her a bottle? If not, don't.
The whole 'bonding through feeding' thing is bollocks. I'm EBF-ed number 2 (he's now 7 months and on boob and solids). I ebf-ed number 1 so my DH has never given a bottle however it has had no impact whatsoever on the bond he has with his children. He has always done bathtime for them both, storytime, he changes nappies, burps them, plays with them - he's as involved as anyone could be, not giving a bottle a couple of times a day would not increase his bond and for some men (not yours) I think it is maybe a bit of a cop out (I've given her a bottle therefore I don't need to do anything else...)
As far as I'm concerned if men were meant to give milk to young babies they'd have working boobs (and not just moobs :-D
I breastfed both my children till they were 16 months old and never used a bottle so no sterilizing or no making up bottles ever required. My DH was extremely supportive but so many of my friends have given up due to pressure from their partners or their mothers so they can be involved. This is the problem with the 'new man' thing and advertising says you cant be a real father unless you help with the bottles. At 6 months or before sometimes dads can be involved with the weaning and the feeding of solids, they can change nappies and bath and dress the babies so there is a lot of opportunites for them to be involved. Sorry but I think these dads and mums/mil's are just being selfish!
It sounds like your dp is coming round to the idea .
To be fair, it must feel a little strange to him after 5 bottle fed babies but he'll soon get used to it.
Thanks again everyone, I know these comments are all wise, I have been feeling less confident in myself this last fortnight which I guess is par for the course
I really hate the idea that 'bonding' with a baby is all about feeding them. It really is something that has been put about by the formula industry as a 'pro' of their products (not saying that there aren't others, just that this isn't one).
If you make the decision to mix feed or ff or express it should be because you feel it is the best way to feed your baby, not because of pressure or upset about 'bonding'.
If your husband did everything for the new baby bar the feeding, guess who would be spending more time with the baby? He needs to realise that bonding with his baby needs to be about the changing, winding, cuddling and stop focusing on the feeding.
My DD was EBF for 6 months and has an amazing relationship with DH. She grins the second she sees him.
When she was tiny and he was about I used to feed her then hand her to him and he would lay her on his chest to sleep.
Just keep doing the best for your baby, don't worry about your h, he will bond with his dc fine
" babies bond with people that communicate and play with them. "
Definately! DS is 3 months and absolutely adores dd who is 7 years old, he starts grinning and wiggling his arms and legs when he sees her. She does no babycare (no feeding/bathing/changing) just baby entertainment (singing/peek a boo/nursery rhymes with lots of actions).
Can your dh do skin to skin time with the baby?
Expressing so he can feed the baby your milk from a bottle is a good idea. But you have to wait until breastfeeding is firmly established, which may take 6-8 weeks.
If you're going to do this though, for heaven's sake get a Medela electric breast pump. Far too much faff otherwise.
Thank you everyone, I've brought the subject up with him again and he said he is getting used to it......... Aunty I haven't tried expressing yet but had no luck with hand expressing for first bub.
Mixed feeding invariably meant weaning until only about 2 or 3 years ago, and the new usage just causes misunderstanding (remembers threads!)
OP: how do you get on with expressing?
Why not encourage him to join in? Male lactation is perfectly possible or maybe agree to try expressing around 3 months when bf is well established and less likely to confuse. Could you discuss it together with the midwife? Congratulations.
Please don't express or mixed feed just to please your partner. Expressing is so time-consuming and such a faff, and mixed feeding will reduce your supply of milk and probably make breastfeeding harder.
There are so many other ways he can be involved, as others have said. As someone else suggested, can you ask him to support you up to 6 weeks (or preferably 12) without asking you to stop, and see how he feels then?
I strongly feel that if a woman wants to bf that is her right and no one else should really have a say but at the same time I realise you don't want to alienate him. Good luck (and congratulations on your gorgeous newborn )
EBF - also stands for Exclusively Breast Fed - ie. not mixed fed/FF
I think that sometimes feeding looks like such magic - calming an upset baby, being able to sit down for a bit with them so entranced, that dads feel that they'd like a bit of that action.
DS1 was a bit fussy, so DP spent ages in the bath with him (I'd leave them to it) which gave him that chilled bonding time. DS2 is a lot calmer anyway, so there have been plenty of non-bath cuddles and playing instead. DP is also the one with the carrier if we go out.
Which is lucky, because the first time round I could barely express a tablespoonful, and this time round I can express a bit more, but the baby has no-idea what to do with a bottle (and I really can't be bothered to express anyway)
Surely if you are express breast feeding then you are giving the baby your milk, but from a bottle. Why can't he give the baby that?
And why would you bother to EBF all the time rather than just BF?
This is bewildering me
I've read research (can't remember whose), that babies bond with people that communicate and play with them. (Usually the mother), but as long as he's communicating, mostly by cuddling I guess at this age, then he'll be able to have just as strong a bond. And the breastfeeding is so good for the baby. And easier, once it's established. Reassure him but continue to ebf.
(There's also Harlow's Monkey love experiments to back this up)
With the greatest of respect, it's not about DH, it's about the baby so he needs to find other ways of being involved. DH got much more involved with DD1 when she self weaned at 9 mos and now at 20, it's all about Daddy!!
Useless? He obviously isn't bringing you enough cake or tea
DD is 10 weeks and only recently have I found time to express regularly. It's a bit soon.
To avoid feeling left out, DH did all nappies changes (inc at night) during paternity leave, and still does all baths.
You're a team. Feeding is your number one skill. There are other ways he can be involved.
My Dh was keen on bottle feeding too, just so he could be part of it. Midwife advice was to wait until lo was 6 weeks old, and by then I felt strong enough to say I didn't want our son bottle fed. Dh was great with this, and it's meant that he's involved in other ways now that are exclusively his - he worked to find things that he could do that were special with him.
Personally, my heart would have broken to bottle feed at that age, the bonding and feeling of purpose I got whilst bf wasn't worth risking.
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