Bottled success!

Back in January I blogged about the difficulty we were having with introducing bottle feeds for our daughter and how I wished we had used a bottle more regularly earlier on.  I have since read that in many cases, even with exposure to a bottle early on, some babies simply start refusing it after a while.  So perhaps mixing it up earlier on may not have worked (I don’t feel so bad about it now!). 

With the start of childcare looming the pressure was on to find some form of solution to our milk issue.  In the worst case scenario, we could always feed her milk from a cup as she seemed to have a lot of interest in drinking from a cup or  an “adult” drinking bottle.  Luckily, in the meantime, with a little patience, we have had success with feeding formula from a bottle. 

With the introduction of solids I was keen add some water to our little one’s diet.  Putting it in a bottle, she showed some curiosity in the water and possibly in being able to try and feed herself with the bottle.  At first she did not take much and she seemed to spit out most of the water that she sucked out.  But after a week or so she seemed to be drinking a little more, although it was hard to tell exactly how much she was swallowing.

Our first attempts at feeding formula from a bottle went the same way as feeding expressed milk from a bottle.  A bit of sucking, directly followed by spitting it out, followed by tears.  To get her used to the taste I started to mix it with rice cereal for her breakfast, and that seem to go down well.  Next, we gave her a small amount of formula from the syringe we use to administer her liquid vitamins each evening, which she always laps up eagerly, and that seemed to work too.  The next step was to feed her formula from a medicine cup which also was successful as she loves the “adultness” of drinking from a cup.  Finally, having had some success with water from a bottle, and formula from a cup, we decided to try formula from a bottle, and it worked!!  Cannot tell you how excited and proud I was!

I am hoping to be able to continue to breastfeed even though our daughter will be having bottles of formula at daycare starting next month, but will have to see whether my body adjusts.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. caspette
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 22:49:46

    Yay well done!

    My little man never accepted the bottle back. We had to go to a sippy cup and only then did we have success. He drinks formula during the day and I breast feed at night/morning.

    Your boobs do adjust. But I do worry that mine might be drying up a little as it seems to take all day now to fill back up. OH that reminds me, your first couple of days are gonna be painful, unless you express during the day. I didnt and after a couple of days the supply adjusted and I was fine.

    Good luck!


  2. Gayle
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 23:02:07

    Am thinking of expressing during the day every day to keep the supply up, but don’t know if I could be bothered. Will see how it goes.

    I found the sippy cup difficult, as with the valve in she was not getting a lot, and with the valve out it was to fast. We’ve actually found that one of those cups with a straw with a valve works a treat. But probably should keep persisting with the sippy cup as it is the most similar to drinking from a real cup.


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