Bottle Feeding

Questions and advice on feeding formula, milk, milk alternatives or pumped breastmilk with a bottle.

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Dec 27

My 16 month old

Hi first time mom here. And I’m having a hard time getting my 16 month old baby girl to eat anything all she wants is a milk bottle all the time. I’ve tried different foods different sipping cups fruit and she is determined not to eat or drink anything other than the milk. She will literally sit in the high chair for maybe 20 minutes at the most and still eat nothing. How can I get her to eat a... More

  • Anonymous
    Dec 27

    Have you talked to your pediatrician about this before? At 16 months they should be weaned off a bottle and eating mainly solids. They should only be getting about 16 oz of milk a day. There are many nutritional needs that need to be met by just milk. Don't want to scare you but there was just an article about a 2 yo who wound up with milk annemia. She should see a doctor.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 27

    Is this something that’s always happened or did it just start happening? I ask because if it’s a fairly new thing, she might be teething. Keep offering foods, I breastfed my daughter until 2yo and there were many times when she was happy to just nurse rather than eat food. She started eating a lot more once we were able to wean, so perhaps limiting the bottles might give you some success. I wou... More

Baby Sucks So Strong She Chokes When Bottle Feeding

I have been breastfeeding by my 5 week old and she has been a strong sucker since birth. Occasionally I have had to give her a bottle (when my milk ducts were completely plugged early on I had to pump and feed her, also there are times I am out of milk and she is screaming because she is still hungry). When I feed her with a bottle she sucks so hard she either chokes or she starts to just nibbl... More

  • EM
    Jan 01

    Mine started doing that around the same time. Even while breastfeeding I thought my let down was too fast foe her. I then gave some and introduced the bottle amd again she would sucking really hard because she was very hungry and then she would releasing because she was gulping or gasping for air. After a while she then would start crying while trying to feed. I tried all different kind of b... More

  • EM
    Jan 02

    Sorry for grammar typos I typed this while not being super sleepy but unable to fall asleep because MLO keeps rolling over on her tummy..... so while I keep checking on her I am reading about parents with same issues.

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Dec 19

Too much formula?

My son will be 2 months on Christmas and currently has 3oz every 3 hours. He just doesn't seem full or content anymore. My sister says I can do 4oz but would that just be too much?

  • Kieli
    Dec 20

    Good! If he spits up a lot (or more) then maybe cut back a little. But that’s really the only way you will know if it’s too much.

  • Ayla Sutton
    Dec 20

    I formula fed both my boys and just increased their bottles by half an ounce when it seemed that they were still hungry after their bottle or couldn't make it the 2hrs between. If it's too much for them, they will spit it back up and you will know that they aren't ready for an increase.

22mo old boy

My little one will be 23mo Jan 4th and was still getting a milk bottle before bed and when he gets up in the morning. Lately all he has pretty much wanted is milk bottles during the day, he cries when I put it in a sippy cup or if I try to give him juice in a cup... he insists on milk in a bottle. He was doing good with sippy cups during the day. Has anyone else experienced this? Is this norma... More

  • anonymous mom
    Dec 19

    Are his molars coming in?? It could be that. When my daughters molars were coming in all she wanted was her bottle and soft foods.

  • Amanda
    Dec 19

    I was thinking teething also..he already has his first set of molars. It's possible the others could be trying to come thru too

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Dec 17

Bottle weaning

My daughter is 16m and I want to start taking her off the bottle. If she doesn’t have it before she goes to bed though she cries hysterically and I can’t take that. So what are some other options and methods you’ve used successfully?

  • anonymous mom
    Dec 18

    We are in the same boat except my daughter is 2.5🤦‍♀️. I am working to keep watering the milk down. She drinks great from cups throughout the day. The bottle weaning has been such a struggle!!!

  • Ruby
    Jan 08

    I made sure I didn’t associate the night bottle with bedtime and weaning my daughter off the bottles was easy. Especially the night time one.

Breast Engorgement! Help!!!

Day 3 after birth. We were discharged last night from the hospital. My breasts are so engorged as I have chosen to not breastfeed I am reaching out for HELPFUL suggestions to relieve pain other than ice/heat compresses and pain medicine as I have already been doing those.

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Nov 04

Formula help

Do any of y'all know if there is a difference between SIMILAC ADVANCE AND THE PARENTS CHOICE ADVANTAGE formula? I want to switch over to the Walmart brand but want to know if there's a difference before.

  • Lilina
    Nov 05

    I would just compare the ingredients on both and if they are the same should have no issues switching

  • Destin
    Nov 05

    We switched our daughter from the similac sensitive to the target up and up brand of the same. The ingredients were all the same except there was a little more water...she switched just fine and actually didn’t seem to care/notice...just compare the ingredients to be sure it’s the same and it should be totally fine!!

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Oct 21, 2019

So my 26 month old still drinks bottles at night

Anyone else?? I feel like such a crap parent for letting this continue. She drinks milk and water from cups all day long. I know all about the dental risks of letting this continue. I’m going to take a 4 day weekend and just end it but I’m chicken. I keep putting it off. I feel like we’re the only ones still drinking bottles at night. Ughhhh.

  • Christina
    Oct 23

    Mine too. My daughter is still using bottle and drink milk everyday at lease 5 times and will turm 3 on Dec. She doesnt like water and milk is her everthing, lol

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Oct 27

    My kid drank a bottle for nap until he was close to three, we managed to get rid of everyone except that nap one for a while. Eventually we just got him a “special” cup to use for that time of day and removed the bottle. It worked well. From what I read and heard once a day under three isn’t something to be worried about. Just keep working at it.

My 3 month is primarily breastfed but has never had a problem taking a bottle...and now she won’t!

  • Momof2
    Oct 18, 2019

    I’m so sorry that’s so frustrating! Both of my girls hated the bottle, and it was a battle to get them to take one! With our first daughter we tried different nipples/bottles &, different temperatures of milk but nothing seemed to make a difference. With our second we just used the same bottle/nipple the entire time. It was harder for my husband since he was the one doing it most of the ti... More

Mighty Max (10 mos) doesn’t hold his own bottle yet

... nor does he look like he even wants to. He would cry before he puts his arm out to grab it. Which is why he still isn’t on solid foods yet. Helpppp

  • Anonymous
    Oct 06, 2019

    Neither of mine held their own bottles. One was pincer grasp expert by 7 months, the other at 5 months when we started solids. Only criteria for feeding solids is good head and neck control, and their tongue thrust reflex if gone, which is why 6 months is the recommendation for solids. I've never read anything about not giving solids if they won't hold their bottle. You will need to enc... More

  • Marilyn
    Oct 06, 2019

    Definitely start solids, especially finger foods. Feeding himself will start encouraging independence. But my son had the same issue and during bottle time i would have him on my lap facing forward and i would help him hold the bottle. So i would hold his grasp around the bottle took a while but he got the hang. But i also have never heard anything about not starting solids if child can’t hold ... More

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Oct 05, 2019

Not breastfeeding

Weird question.... if I don’t plan to breastfeed, do I bring my own bottles to the hospital? And formula?

  • Christelle
    Oct 07, 2019

    The hospital will provide you with everything you need to feed your baby 😊

  • Jenieze
    Oct 10, 2019

    As a tip, most hospitals use Enfamil nipples that you can find on Amazon. I'd order and sanitize at least a pack of twelve to have at home so that your child doesn't have a hard time trying to take another bottle (though they may have no trouble at all!). They also work really well with travel nursette bottles. But yes the hospital will have everything and you can add that you don't... More

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Sep 20, 2019

Bottle weaning now or wait?

My daughter is almost 14m and still takes a bottle to sleep - 2 bottles total a day since she’s down to 1 nap. I’ve been wanting to start to wean her off but we just decided to take our first family vacation. It’ll be a 6hr flight and her first time on the plane. When we leave she will be almost 15m and we are going for a month. I’m torn on keeping her on the bottle and weaning when we get back... More

  • Laura
    Sep 23, 2019

    Careful with the painters tape. On a flight when our daughter was one I stuck a small piece within her reach and the next second she was coughing on it.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 27, 2019

    My two year still goes down with a cup to go to sleep for nap and bed time. I’ve watered down the milk gradually and now it’s almost completely water, but she still wants it. Sometimes when she wakes up it’s all gone and other times maybe an ounce. Do what works for you and your family. I would suggest start using and introducing a cup if you haven’t already and if she takes too the cup, then r... More

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Sep 15, 2019

Breastfeeding

My MIL keeps saying low key remarks about me not wanting to breastfeed my twins this winter.... I’m perfectly content in my choice and it mostly just irritates me that she isn’t, I’m not going to change my mind. Anyways- just wanted to say.... if you don’t want to breastfeed, then don’t and you’re still a bada$$ mom.

  • G
    Sep 16, 2019

    Well said!

Spit-up at age 1, something wrong?

My baby is now a toddler, just turned one this summer. He still drinks breastmilk supplemented with formula (trying to use up our stash) through a sippy cup. Occasionally, perhaps once every few days or weeks, he will spit up. Not much at all, and he doesn't seem bothered by it at all but still: Is it normal for him to still be spitting up at his age? If so, then at what age can I expect sp... More

  • Jenn
    Aug 31, 2019

    It is most likely that he drank too much or too quickly or that he may have gotten more air than normal. If he isn't bothered, then it isn't hurting him. Maybe try switching him to a sippy cup so that he is drinking slower.

  • Robert
    Sep 02, 2019

    Acid Reflux? Is he exclusively breast fed?

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Aug 20, 2019

Best glass bottles

I'm looking for the best glass bottles to get.

  • Natalya
    Aug 22, 2019

    Advent has great glass bottles! They also have the wider top and nipple to be more “breast shaped”

Switching to Whole Milk

At what age did you switch your little one to whole milk from formula? Did you start little by little before they turned one?

  • PK
    Aug 16, 2019

    The days leading up to drinking only milk, we tried mixing formula and milk but he didn’t like it. He didn’t like drinking plain milk by itself too. Rather than wasting formula, we just finished the formula and tried to find ways for him to drink milk (smoothies, chocolate milk). We just dropped bottles at that point too since he was drinking smoothies and chocolate milk. So we just offered m... More

  • MOM
    Sep 16, 2019

    I started whole milk from 1.5 years and it worked great.

When did you stop bottles?

At what age did you start to wean little one from the bottle and what age did you completely stop? And how? Also same for breastfeeding.

  • Kieli
    Aug 14, 2019

    My first born daughter was breastfed, and I switched her from bottle to sippy cup at 13 months. The same time I switched from breast milk to cows milk. We kind of gave her sippy cups before the switch, but not really. I used Nuk sippy cup because it has a soft spout like the bottle nipple and she switched fine. It was the milk switching she had a problem with

Time To Bottle Wean

I have a 2 year old and a 1 year old and i’m ready to get rid of bottles. It was hard with my 2 year old because his brother came and he always wanted a bottle like the baby. I think now it time to remove it from both. Any tips? Suggestion? Best Cups?

  • Stacey
    Aug 13, 2019

    Our son has not used a bottle since we stopped formula at about a year. He is almost 2 now. He uses 360 cups and those are great. We are starting to use the Reflow smart cup at meal times. It's a normal cup but has an insert to control the flow of the drink. He likes to try to drink out of anything Mom and Dad are using so he's had practice with water bottles, big tumblers and straws.

  • Gemma
    Aug 15, 2019

    Transitional cups work great

Constipation, continued - 1 mo old baby

Here is the situation. We've been struggling with a constipated baby, per the last few posts i've made. We've added probiotics, gas drops, gripe water from time to time. The pediatrician approved prune juice to test so we've been doing one ounce of juice added in two half portions throughout the day. It's been helping - but not without struggles! Poor girl cries and cries a... More

  • Anonymous
    Aug 07, 2019

    my daughter had the same issue, she’s 8mo now and we mostly just did the q-tip and vaseline method and it worked like a charm for her. eventually she got used to the formula and as of 4mo she poops regularly. we started her on formula when she was 1.5mo and had issues at first. the prune juice didn’t really help her as much, more so just doing the q-tip trick every other day if she wasn’t poopi... More

  • Anonymous
    Aug 07, 2019

    oh, we also did bicycle exercises with her legs to help get things moving, that helped a ton too.

Feedings

My baby has been drinking formula for 2 weeks now. Similac pro comfort (purple container). He’s been good with the formula but now when he eats, he starts crying and pushing out the bottle when it gets to about half way of the feeding. I try and burp and hold him to give him a little break and continue the feeding but as soon as I put him in the position to feed him, he starts crying franticall... More

  • Kate
    Aug 02, 2019

    Consider taking him to get checked for reflux. My daughter went through a phase like that, fighting the bottle about halfway through. When she had just started to lose weight, we put her on a prescription that really helped.

  • Liya
    Aug 11, 2019

    How old is your baby? It could be he is distracted by his environment, teething, acid reflux, does he eat a lot at night?

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