Reply Hey Mom! Learn more about the Gerber Life Insurance Grow-Up Plan!
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-05-2012, 09:33 AM   #1
aaperez
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Chicago, Il
Posts: 32
Returning to work and fearful my LO will prefer the bottle

Hi,
Just looking to see if anyone else had problems with their LO preferring the bottle after returning to work? I have been working part time (1 day a week) for about a month but this week I start back full time and I am so afraid of nipple confusion or my baby not wanting to nurse at night. Breastfeeding has been very well established and she has taken a bottle since birth (at first as part of regular feeding but after BF was established - just on occasion when I had to be away from her). So far she has done fine with going back and forth and I have bought a bottle that is supposed to mimic breastfeeding and have asked my caretaker to use paced bottle feeding however I am still a little worried.

Does self weaning have to do with bottle feeding or when solids are introduced? My LO is 4 months and I don't plan to introduce solids until AT LEAST 6 months.

Thanks for any advice in advance!
Amyann

Advertisement

aaperez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 10:02 AM   #2
mibarra
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 8,975
Re: Returning to work and fearful my LO will prefer the bottle

I think as long as you maintain a good nursing relationship at home, you'll be fine. DD2 took to the bottle no problem, but always preferred the breast. I think 'self-weaning' like you're worried about is a gradual process whereby parents, for whatever reason, begin relying more and more on the bottle, and BFing less and less, until they aren't BFing at all.
mibarra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 10:10 AM   #3
aaperez
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Chicago, Il
Posts: 32
Re: Returning to work and fearful my LO will prefer the bottle

Thanks for the response!! I definitely plan to "protect" my BF relationship as well as my milk supply.... a great piece of advice from a lactation consultant.
aaperez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 11:03 AM   #4
Van1300's Avatar
Van1300
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Central FL
Posts: 597
Re: Returning to work and fearful my LO will prefer the bottle

I am going back to work in a month full time, but like you I have to work a few days here and there (like tomorrow). I have given my 1 month old a bottle 3x as practice and he also uses a binkie, no confusion yet.

My DD was bottle fed during the day and I EBFed at night for 1 year. It went very well! I do know that I could not give the bottle to DS as she got older, she always wanted it straight from the source!
__________________
WOHM and to Jon (6/2006). Mamma to daughter Elli (12/2009) and Jacob (11/2012) Crazy Florida Gator fan , beach bum, and outdoor enthusiast!
Van1300 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 11:38 AM   #5
crunchymom2b's Avatar
crunchymom2b
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Springfield, MA
Posts: 5,412
My Mood:
Re: Returning to work and fearful my LO will prefer the bottle

Some babies reverse cycle; they'll eat little during the day and then nurse like crazy once with you at night. As my LC told me, there's a small percentage of babies that will only take a bottle, a small percentage that will only take breast,and then there's the majority who have no problem going back and forth. Using the correct bottle and paced feeding will def. help with that. If you're super worried you can always try a different feeding method (sippy, straw cup, other feeding device). But I think they'll be just fie as long as you keep your supply up!
__________________


Alycia + Tom = 2 Labor Day babies! Tommy (9/09) + Vinny (9/12)
Under construction: unexpectedly expecting in 2015!
crunchymom2b is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 12:30 PM   #6
gingerpeachee's Avatar
gingerpeachee
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 1,915
Re: Returning to work and fearful my LO will prefer the bottle

I had a lot of trouble. I'm not going to freak you out with my experience, but some things that sometimes help keep the preference in your favor are bottles that mimic breastfeeding with a SLOW FLOW nipple, even when the baby is big. Keep your supply up. You can do it!
__________________
Mae- Mama to Gustavo 10/07, Joey 12/10 and Henry 5/13
“No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.” ― John F. Kennedy
gingerpeachee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2012, 01:48 PM   #7
c&w's mama
Registered Users
seller
seller
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,984
Re: Returning to work and fearful my LO will prefer the bottle

I've done it 2x and it never occurred to me that either would prefer the bottle! And in our case, neither did. They just had bottles because of daycare. So it can happen, but I don't think you should worry. Like you said, nurture your BF relationship! My son drinks from an open cup at home but still BFs- its our time

and I WISH I could say that daycare fed him slowly, but I know they didn't- they overfed both children instead. And I talked myself blue in the face over it. They're still fine.
__________________
a happy mama with
thanks DH
Will almost always trade for yarn (vanilla. peppermint.)

Last edited by c&w's mama; 12-05-2012 at 01:50 PM.
c&w's mama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 09:02 PM   #8
aaperez
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Chicago, Il
Posts: 32
Thanks for the feedback and encouragement.... Just finished my first week and so far it's been ok.
aaperez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2012, 07:19 AM   #9
Nerissa
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: small town USA
Posts: 5,419
My Mood:
Re: Returning to work and fearful my LO will prefer the bottle

Glad the first week went well.

I am on my third child. I haven't had any issues with them prefering the bottle.

I use wide nipple bottles and always the slow flow.
__________________
wife and mom-- no other special labels. Just trying to do the best I can.
Nerissa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2012, 02:06 PM   #10
songbird516's Avatar
songbird516
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Virginia
Posts: 6,164
My Mood:
Re: Returning to work and fearful my LO will prefer the bottle

[QUOTE=crunchymom2b;16008826]Some babies reverse cycle; they'll eat little during the day and then nurse like crazy once with you at night. QUOTE]

My first did this. She stopped taking the bottle at all around 4 months and just nursed more in the evenings and at night. I even stopped pumping at work because she just wouldn't drink what I was pumping.

Oh, and keep the bottle nipple flow slow. I think that helps also.
__________________
Sara- mommy to Claire (01/10) and Micah (3/12) and someone new (10/14)
Birth doula and life-long student of Everything! Need a doula in the central VA area? Let's talk! www.beyondbirthsupport.com
songbird516 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Copyright © 2005 - 2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.