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Old 11-28-2012, 07:38 AM   #21
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Re: Another relactating question

Originally Posted by angelalynn View Post
If a baby is used to the nipples on a bottle, will it be difficult to get her to adjust to this? Shes really picky about her bottle nipples even. She now refuses the nipples they gave us from the NICU, and NUK nipples, and will only use the Avent ones!
I'll tell you my experience. DS1 would never latch after getting a bottle, but he was neverbreastfed at all before getting a bottle. I also don't think I tried hard enough.

DS2 was breastfed immediately after birth and the first day. He was then in the NICU for 3 weeks and only breastfed (and not that well) once a day on average. He had lots of troubles with bottles too though. I tried EBF him once he came home but it just didn't go well and mommy instinct kicked in and I continued to pump for him. I still attempted to nurse a few times a day (with a shield, he started itin the NICU). We finally found a bottle that worked really well, the breastflow. Also Tommee Tippee and Dr. Brown Preemie in a pinch.

Aout 2 weeks after starting the Breastflow bottles I attempted to nurse (with the shield) like usual. Not expecting much. But he latched right on and stayed on instead of pulling off constantly. And then the next time I tried, he did great again. He did so great that I decided to put the bottle down temp. and just nurse for a day. And he did! I saw an LC and found out he has a recessive chin which causes him not to get a tight shield without the shield. Its gotten better and he won't completely freak out at my bare breast but still won't latch on completely.

He's been EBF for 2 weeks now and it 12 weeks old. It's totally possible but not easy. If you really want this, you CAN do it!

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