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at times prefers bottle over breast?

my son is 8 months old and has been eating some solid food since 5 months old. early on he had been introduced to the bottle so that my husband could feed him (filled with breast milk) and for working, etc. so he has always gone back and forth, but more frequently was breast fed, as i only work 2 days per week. well, he has been teething and i notice he doesn't always nurse well. and today, after his nap, i tried to nurse him and he wouldn't take it, so i thought i would give a bottle a try just to see, and he drank 10 oz!!! what is going on? could it be my supply?

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susanjpt

Asked by susanjpt at 7:48 PM on Oct. 23, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Bottles are MUCH easier and when you use a bottle a BF baby WILL overeat, never make a bottle more than 4 oz or he will over stretch his belly. For now you may need to stop bottles. Make sure to use the slowest flow bottle no matter the age for BM. 10 oz is totally uncalled for even though he drank it, thats almost 1/2 od what he needs for a day, he only needs 24 oz a day of BM. Check this out
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/milkcalc.html
    Because bottles are easier they tend to prefer them over the breast if given often and if they are teething this happens alot oh and during growth spurts too. Refuse bottles when you can nurse for a few weeks, and NEVER give bottles moer than 4 oz for a BF baby.
    tabi_cat1023

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 9:03 PM on Oct. 23, 2008

  • no, it's just that it's less work to get milk out of a bottle. i wouldn'tmake a habit of it or he willbe more likely to refuse the breast altogether.
    teri4lance

    Answer by teri4lance at 9:07 PM on Oct. 23, 2008

  • Just like said above it most likely has nothing to do with your supply. Yes sometimes teething can either increase or decrease a baby wanting to nurse as it can put pressure on their gums. But it is much easier to drink from a bottle, the milk flows faster and easily. So don't offer as much from a bottle and let your baby get most of their milk directly from you and you should be ok. Also, like mentioned babies will tend to overeat from a bottle.
    momyoftwo

    Answer by momyoftwo at 1:59 AM on Oct. 24, 2008

  • i know that bottles are much easier. he just always preferred the breast anyway and more frequently gets that than the bottle. i never knew they would over eat with a bottle though. and i am surprised that at this point, 8 months, he would just start liking the botttle more. thanks for all your support and about not being worried about my supply.
    susanjpt

    Answer by susanjpt at 8:28 AM on Oct. 24, 2008

  • It's probably due to the teething. Like others have said. Eating hurts and getting it from the bottle is easier and probably less painful.
    AmiJanell

    Answer by AmiJanell at 12:09 PM on Oct. 24, 2008

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