I have been breastfeeding for my sons first 3 months of life. over the last month and a half he has had a few bottles of formula.( I can't get the pumping down and don't want a lecture from la leche league) he has only had it a few times but this week it seems he prefers formula to my breast. Any thoughts from the mommy gallery? will this pass or is formula more yummy than boob?Answer Question
Answer by Anonymous at 10:38 PM on May. 1, 2010
Answer by gdiamante at 10:47 PM on May. 1, 2010
First, the mission of La Leche League is to provide information and support for moms who want to breastfeed, not to pressure or criticize someone choosing to or needing to use formula! Many babies will develop a "flow preference" for the bottle. There are some tricks you can do to help prevent this, see Bottle-Feeding Methods that Minimize Flow Preference
Keep in mind that the more you supplement with formula the more your supply will go down. You can likely "make up" for the occasional bottle by spending some extra time skin to skin and encouraging some extra nursing. That is also a good way to get a reluctant baby back to the breast. Also, breastfeeding does not have to be all or nothing, many moms find a cobination of breast/bottle that works for them.
Answer by maggiemom2000 at 10:52 PM on May. 1, 2010
Answer by Willsmama0110 at 10:54 PM on May. 1, 2010
Answer by ZaraN at 10:58 PM on May. 1, 2010
Answer by Willsmama0110 at 1:34 AM on May. 2, 2010
I just have to add...have you tasted formula? It tastes AWFUL. It is totally a flow preference, not taste.
Answer by kynziesmom at 3:26 AM on May. 2, 2010
You wouldn't get a lecture from La Leche League telling you to pump. LLL would tell you to take your baby with you and avoid bottles at all. LLL helps working moms and moms and other moms with pumping only because it's better than not breastfeeding at all.
Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Org, UNICEF, the Surgeon General, and all the other orgs interested in baby health. That means only breastfeeding, no bottles, not even of breastmilk.
Bottles can cause premature weaning as you may be experiencing. Human milk tastes good, formula tastes awful. Try it. Artificial nipples ruin breastfeeding.
Answer by Gailll at 5:05 AM on May. 2, 2010
Avoiding bottles or pacifiers should avoid weaning. If you must be away, your baby can be fed by cup, spoon, dropper, or syringe.
It's recommended to wait on solids until 6 months. However, solids after 4 months are better than formula. It's better to start your baby on solids and have the sitter feed solids while you are away and then you can nurse when you are together. You have to be willing to still breastfeed about the same number of times you were breastfeeding every 24 hours so the baby is still getting lots of breastmilk.
Answer by Gailll at 5:10 AM on May. 2, 2010
Answer by Krysta622 at 10:43 AM on May. 2, 2010