Many new moms worry about giving their breastfed baby a bottle because they are afraid that their baby may get nipple confusion. There are actually two different types of confusion that may happen when bottle feeding a breastfed baby – Nipple Confusion and Flow Preference.
Nipple Confusion happens when a baby forgets how . . . → Read More: Nipple Confusion vs Flow Preference
Dear Judy, I noticed that your signature says you are a doctor and since your blog is about breast feeding do you mind if I pick your brain a little? I was wondering if you had any info on starting to nurse a baby at four months old – we are adopting and expect the baby to come home at about four months old since I had an oversupply when my daughter was born I have worked at keeping it up and know i have enough milk but I wonder how easy/difficult it will be for the new baby to latch and nurse. Do you have any thoughts?
Thanks for writing to Mommy News & Views! How exciting that you will be getting an adopted baby and how wonderful that you will be able to breastfeed him. Most of the difficulties that moms have with adopted babies is getting their milk supply established – so you already have that one figured out. I would suggest calling your local LLL or a lactation consultant for tips on getting the baby to latch on. Since he will be 4 months old, he is going to be used to taking a bottle and it may be difficult for him to latch. I would recommend the following tricks:
1) The taste of breastmilk is going to be different than formula, so he may not like it at first. Try giving it to him in a bottle first to see if he minds the taste at all. If he does, you may have to gradually get him used to it by mixing it 50-50 with formula and then slowly lowering the amount of formula and increasing the amount of breastmilk.
2) When you feed him with the bottle, hold him close and tilt him toward you so that he gets used to the position he would be in if he were nursing.
3) Try to get him to latch. He probably won’t know how to. You can start by making sure his lips are flanged well on the bottle and get a good latch there and then try on your body. He may take to the breast without a problem, but it is more likely that he won’t recognize the texture and may not even know to suck. You may need to resort to using a nipple shield (read these two posts for more info: Does My Son Have Nipple Confusion Continue reading Ask Judy: Breastfeeding An Adopted Baby
My son has been supplemented with the bottle pretty much since birth. I let his dad help me with feedings. We have used the same slow flow nipples this whole time. He hates any other nipples. I had been pumping and he did pretty well latching on as well. At our night feedings . . . → Read More: Ask Judy: Does My Son Have Nipple Confusion?