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  1. #31
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    Sorry I haven't read all the comments, but what kind of specialist did you see? Were they an International Board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC)? There are some really dicey breastfeeding "experts" out there, unfortunately. What did the specialist say the cause of the problem was, and what did they recommend as a solution?

    I agree with a previous comment about checking baby for tongue and lip ties. It would help if you could feed the formula from a cup or syringe instead of a bottle, as this lessens the chances of nipple confusion (baby is confused about how to latch onto a breast because they are used to latching onto a bottle). If you do use a bottle, use one with an extra-slow flow. Breastmilk flows more slowly than most bottles and this can cause partially formula-fed babies to get frustrated at the breast.

    Starting a breastfeed while your baby is sleepy is another idea - when they're half awake sometimes they latch on more easily. I found when my daughter was a newborn she fed much better while gently swaddled.

    Support makes such a difference, so please do search out your local LLL or breastfeeding coffee group. I never went to a LLL meeting regularly but I did go when I needed advice and they were always a lovely bunch of ladies.
    And just a thought - you could always consider donor milk through a group like Human Milk for Human Babies (HM4HB). Donor milk is not for everyone but you can request blood tests, medical histories, dietary details from your donor(s) if that's something you would be interested in.
    Mother to two lovely kiddos, Mila Arden and Cato Bennett

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  2. #33
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    I am absolutely certain that you have already thought if this, but I think it may be worth asking: do you use any soap or scented deodorant that could be upsetting her? The hospital's consultant told me to try to avoid lanolin and anything with any scent, which I can't really use anyway, but she said that it can cause some problems with picky babies, I hope it all works out!
    Mommy to Mr. Ivan Eli

  3. #35
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    I think what is happening here is something similar to nipple confusion. She knows it's much easier getting milk from a bottle, so she's going to hold out until she is given a bottle. Breast feeding is hard work for babies, so if they see an easier way, just like adults, they are going to take it. It's great that you're still trying, but she clearly prefers the bottle.

  4. #37
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    Quote Originally Posted by dantea View Post
    Nobody's brought it up. I hadn't thought about it. Isn't reflux throwing up a lot though or am I confusing it with something else?
    It can be a lot of spitting up but not always. There's such a thing as "silent reflux" where the spitting up doesn't happen at all or as frequently. One of the symptoms of reflux is fussiness during nursing. Reflux babies are often happier taking the bottle because they are a little more upright during the process. It's the lying down during nursing that can aggravate it. I think it might be worth bringing this up with your daughter's pediatrician and see what he or she says. If it is reflux, there are medications that can help.

  5. #39
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    Quote Originally Posted by jenno25 View Post
    I think what is happening here is something similar to nipple confusion. She knows it's much easier getting milk from a bottle, so she's going to hold out until she is given a bottle. Breast feeding is hard work for babies, so if they see an easier way, just like adults, they are going to take it. It's great that you're still trying, but she clearly prefers the bottle.
    If this is it, I highly recommend the Medela Calma bottle. Ivan had some problems with nipple confusion when we were still supplementing and it really helped him learn to work for it. It seems to be a little easier than the nipple, but not as easy as a standard nipple. It's a little pricey, but absolutely worth it.

    http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/products/594/calma
    Mommy to Mr. Ivan Eli

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