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does giving your baby a bottle effect their sucking technique on the breast?

5 September 2010 7 Responses

Question by ‹(•¿•)›Caitlyn’s mummy‹(•¿•): i have been expressing milk the past few days and i have noticed that when i do put my baby to the breast she doesnt latch on properly and she wastes alot milk because of this ..

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  • g8grl77 said:


    I haven’t experienced any problems with my 9 week old daughter transitioning from the bottle to the breast. One thing that helped us was that when we did introduce a bottle to her (around 4 weeks old) I did not give it to her, daddy did. That way she didn’t get confused. I have only given her 2 bottles, I try to make sure my husband gives her bottles and I stick to BF.

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  • C N said:


    I didnt have any problems with my daughter going back and forth…. I gave her her first bottle of pumped milk at 5 weeks, she’s had 4 total… and is 2.5 months…

    I use the playtex original nursers/drop ins with the slow flow latex NaturaLatch nipples.

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  • anjelahoy said:


    All babies are different. BUT I heard using a breast flow bottle is actually a good idea. I never had any issues with my first two kids and now my current 3 mos old won’t even take a bottle! I am using the breast flow with her…well trying too!

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  • bettersee said:


    if they’re having latch problems (even minor ones) then introducing a bottle can really mess things up. my baby had her first bottle of expressed milk at about 3 months old she rarely gets bottles but they don’t seem to mess her up too bad. i can tell a difference in her latch when she first latches on and starts sucking but after a few minutes she gets the hang of it

    all babies are different and it can really mess some babies up. i suggest just nursing unless you absolutely have to be away from your baby

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  • Sue said:


    Absolutely. You are wise to have figured it out. It’s called nipple confusion. The bottle nipple delivers milk entirely differently than the breast. Can you bring the baby to the breast and not use artificial nipples? If you absolutely must express milk and feed her away from the breast, consider a cup, spoon, or even a syringe (no needle of course!) to deliver the milk to her mouth so she doesn’t develop further nipple confusion.

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  • RachelLynn01 said:


    It is possible for a baby to have nipple confusion. However once your baby has been breastfeeding for several weeks and you have a good routine and she has a good latch, then you should be able to switch back and forth between the bottle and breast. Don’t introduce a bottle or pacifier until your baby has a good latch and has been breastfeeding well for a few weeks!

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  • crissy said:


    i always bottle and breastfed but with my last bub she had respiratory stress and they gave her a bottle in special care and i could never get her to latch on i had to exspress the whole time no matter how hard i tried she wouldnt latch on but with the other kids the never had a problem doing both it gives you a break as well giving them the bottle every now and then

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