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how to go from breast to bottle feeding?

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littleblackdress26 Sun 24-Apr-16 11:03:43

I would like to cut down breastfeeding and give bottle but how?
I've got MAM bottles I've given her formula in them , she sucks a couple times but then just lets it dribble out of her mouth so I'm not sure whether the issue is she can't suck or just doesn't like the taste of formula? She's nearly 6 months and I know I can introduce a sippy cup but if she can't suck a bottle how can she drink from a cup? confused
Has anyone managed to do this?

ImogenTubbs Sun 24-Apr-16 11:56:20

Are you able to express at all? DD was a right boob monster, but what worked for us was to start by expressing and having someone else give her the bottle - preferably with me out of the room, or even out of the house (if I was there she would refuse at first, I think she could smell me!). Got her used to that over a few months really, then introduced the odd bit of formula as a back-up. I BF until 9 months and when I decided to stop it only took about a fortnight to get her completely onto bottles. It's possible she might not like those particular bottles (some babies are fussy), but it's probably more that she knows Mama's there with the good stuff, so why accept substitutes! Good luck.

littleblackdress26 Sun 24-Apr-16 13:21:52

Yes I think me being there is a problem and it is very easy to give in.
I can see this is going to cost me a small fortune if the bottles are the prob can i ask which bottles did your baby take? I have expressed and tried feeding her but it didn't work

lcoc2015 Sun 24-Apr-16 13:24:05

The only bottles my baby would take (and she's still a bit tempermental about it) are the nuk bottles with the latex teat.

lcoc2015 Sun 24-Apr-16 13:24:44

And warm the teat / milk up before giving it!

lcoc2015 Sun 24-Apr-16 13:26:16

Does your baby take a soother littleblackdress26? If so, something the same shape/texture should work?

ImogenTubbs Sun 24-Apr-16 13:29:19

Mine just had basic Avent bottles. She wasn't fussy on that front - it was me being there that was the problem. When she thought there was no alternative she would take a bottle from someone else.

littleblackdress26 Sun 24-Apr-16 13:29:24

Thank you lcoc2015 , I have been eyeing up the nuk bottle maybe il give these mam bottles a couple more tries as I have the whole set and then try nuk. Oh I have warmed it up and she just let it dribble back out her mouth again sad

littleblackdress26 Sun 24-Apr-16 13:33:06

lcoc2015 she doesn't really take the dummy the most luck I've had is with a cherry shaped latex dummy, she managed to keep it in for about 10 mins longer lol .
Imogen - thanks il try not being there first before I start buying a different bottle

Dixiechick17 Mon 25-Apr-16 13:12:29

I offered a bottle on a couple of feeds initially, a lot got wasted as she refused. I used to do it with mainly breastmilk mixed a little formula. It took me a month to get her to take a bottle and then I gradually weaned her off the breast about six weeks after that, increasing the ration of formula to breastmilk until it was just formula.

I do wish I was still bf though, bottles are a pain in the bum lol smile

Good luck with it. Oh I also used MAM bottles, every baby is different though. Saw something about minby bottles being good for bottle refusers. You could try a doidy cup.

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