Bottle Feeding

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

I’m a new mommy with 3week old son. I breastfeed him but I don’t know is he full or not. He takes hour to bf. He drinks expressed milk mostly from evening to morning from bottle(I do pump every 2hrs in these hrs n this pump is making my nipple soooo sore 😞). I think he just don’t want to bf, he gets full through bottle only. When i see him drinking from bottle I feel so bad like I couldn’t feed him. How should I console myself!

Would love to hear recommendations for what infant formulas people have liked that don’t have concerning ingredients. I’ve done some research but it’s kindof overwhelming. From what I’ve read,!the ones that seem to be the best are European ones (hipp, holle, etc) but they are more expensive and harder to find. Thoughts?

  • Alyssa
    Tuesday

    I wrote a lengthy reply last night but due to another stressor I was emotional and quite snarky so I deleted it. I’m not suggesting a conspiracy. Whether it’s cash or just donations of products they are doing it primarily for marketing purposes. People use what they know. The pediatrician had no ill-intent, she was kind and cared about children. I was disappointed for several reasons. For example suggesting supplementation rather than telling me I could use breastmilk in a bottle if I had a good supply. Breastfeeding is hard enough as it is. New moms need encouragement not more fear. It’s not just her, the pamphlet I got from the practice says under baby nutrition not to give baby water, sugar water or honey. But then it specifically recommends the Enfamil TriVisol D drops, which are essentially pure sugar. I just noticed it again on the 2 month pamphlet they gave me, and this is a well respected (teaching) medical office. Yes everyone should make their own decisions. But many people don’t have the time to do research or read every label, and many assume that if the Dr. recommends it, it is the best product out there. Why should doctors be recommending a specific product anyways? Wouldn’t saying liquid vitamin D be sufficient enough? My personal experience in the first few days gave us a lot of anxiety and didn’t allow us to enjoy the newborn experience. The pediatrician was not the one I chose but since we had to see one daily for jaundice issues & it was the weekend she was the only one available. Thank you for the suggestion, I was able to find vitamin D drops that are only 1 drop and the only ingredient is vitamin D. Baby’s super daily D3 by Carlson. I was never saying the products were dangerous or poisonous, but there are much higher quality products out there. I’m glad samples are available out there for people that need them, but I do wish it was these other companies that were providing them. Of course there are irresponsible bloggers, I don’t deny that for a second. It is up to each one of us to do our own research but in those first few days, your brain isn’t quite right and you listen to professionals because you think they know what is best. Just because a product exists doesn’t mean it is the best product out there (ie. twinkies) The original poster seemed to share my opinion that there are higher quality options out there and I was sharing my thoughts and experiences with “her”.

  • Emily
    Tuesday

    Andrea- you asked some great questions regarding content of formula and infant cereal as it relates to iron stores. . I am including a link to an AAP informational site for parents and caregivers that addresses these questions. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-Iron-Supplements.aspx With your comment about childhood obesity, absolutely that is a very real concern, however, you see that more with babies who have baby cereal added to their bottles. They receive “extra” calories that they wouldn’t necessarily receive from just the bottle. This typically occurs when parents add it to the bottle at night with the thought the baby will sleep longer (old wives tale). There are specific indications for adding cereal in the bottle that a doc will talk to the family about. As for your comment about trusting docs (and I will add nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, etc)....I made the grave error of trusting my Dad’s surgeon....he said cutting out the growth was cure....no more cancer. Well, he was sadly mistaken and I still kick myself for not looking into the research myself & wonder if there was something I could have done differently. I was in grad school at the time, exhausted beyond belief because I was also working full time. I just don’t know. That’s why I now ask questions more than before and try to look into a recommendation more now. I have also asked my daughters providers the same questions to all of them....to make sure the practice she is at is all on the same page with how to go about reintroduction of milk and Soy and when to do it....I know what current thoughts of treatment are in this area and I want to make sure they are on the same page.

My child has been doing this for 3 months. She breastfeeds but I have to give her her meds mixed with milk in a bottle every day. Well, she refuses to use Size 1 nipples anymore and will cry if the nipple is not letting out enough at a time but she tries to eat so fast she gasps at intervals but doesn’t slow down. She’ll do the same while breastfeeding and we’ve found if allowed will overeat (we cut down her milk (not on purpose) and she was fine as long as she could finish sucking motions on a pacifier). If we control the amount of food she gets, she’s only ready to eat again 2-3 hours later and continues to gain weight normally. I don’t know how to teach her not to eat so much so quickly. Any advice or anyone who can speak up so I know I’m not alone would be greatly appreciated.

  • Amie
    Dec 07

    Yeah, paying attention to babie's cues is really important. It gets tricky when other people are feeding too. It sounds like you know her cues and other people just haven't been paying attention or haven't picked up on the nuances yet. Drs can be great resources for things like feeding questions that you wouldn't usually think to ask them.

  • Sara
    Dec 07

    I have to know her cues for everything. I’m a single parent facing a million obstacles including my mother and sister who I live with. But I have to ask here because I can’t afford to take her to the doctor for anything less than life or death situations unless it’s just a normal checkup and the next one isn’t until January.

I feel confused about how much expressed Breast milk to leave my baby when she is bottle fed- she is 3 months old. I go back to work soon and she is exclusively breast fed so I have no clue how much milk she takes in. She eats 8-10x in a 24 hour period . How much does she need in each bottle?

  • Sabrina
    Dec 06

    Try about 4 oz I exclusively breastfed my first child and I didn’t have any idea until I just pumped some milk and put it in a bottle to see how much she would drink. At Around 3 months she drank 4.5 oz. but every baby is different just experiment to see how much she’ll take.

  • Sara
    Dec 06

    You can always err on the side of putting less in a bottle (2-4oz per bottle) so that if the caregiver needs more she can heat up additional bottles and if not you don’t waste the rest and can freeze extra later. Especially since she’s still eating frequently throughout the day id just pump a bunch of small bottles.

My 7 month old has a soy and dairy intolerance and currently I am on a no soy no dairy diet. I’m breastfeeding him and he gets 3 jars of baby food, my problem is that my milk is drying up which it did for my first child around this time and as terrible as it is I’m ok with letting it dry up I feel like making it to at the end of this month he’ll be 8 months breastfeeding is an accomplishment with not being able to have anything with soy or dairy in it. My problem is he will not take a formula or even a bottle I have been trying to get him use to a bottle since he was 3 months and he refuses I have been pretty consistent with it. I have even tried letting other people do it so he doesn’t smell my breast milk. He will drink an ounce or so if it’s all breast milk but will not touch anythin... More

  • Emily
    Dec 05

    Exclusively breast fed. Not sure what to tell you then with the bottle issue. When I give my little one a bottle, she just puts the nipple in her mouth and chews....she used to know how to use one, but now not so much

  • Emily
    Dec 05

    Goats milk is still in the dairy list. We were told to keep that out of the diet.

Can we stop mom shaming mother's who decide to not Breast feed their kids? I hate when I tell people I stopped because 1)I just stopped producing 2) because I simply didn't want to anymore. They look at me like I have 14 eyes and even nurses shamed me at the hospital. I wanted to be able to eat tacos and drink when I felt like it selfish but true. When I stopped producing I was really sad and depressed because people made me feel like a bad mother, but then notice that it wasnt much of a difference. My son was born 2 months premature and I was able to Breast feed him for about 3 months when all of a sudden I stopped producing and he never latched so I always had to pump. He is perfectly fat and healthy with formula and I'm actually giving him while milk now at 11 months. He ... More

  • Annie
    Dec 05

    @natalie omg we are exactly the same! I was over producing too until he got home

  • Raqui
    Dec 06

    I wanted to breastfeed so badly and for several mostly medical reasons could not do that for my daughter. I don’t judge why moms make that decision-sometimes it just doesn’t work out. The only reason that irks me for choosing not to breastfeed is when people say it grosses them out.

my daughter is a few weeks away from being one and she is still taking formula, and she eats really well for meals. what my question is, is do i start giving her just water instead of formula? she should be getting all the nutrients from the food i give her and she is good at using soppy bottles but i don’t give them to her often enough because i need to buy more. i want to stop buying formula but i don’t get how to get her off it!

  • Sara
    Dec 05

    Talk to your pediatrician but at 1 year old you can give cows milk (or non dairy milk if that’s your thing) instead of formula. Water should be given in a sippy cup or straw cup with meals but the replacement for formula will be mostly milk in the beginning.

  • Elizabeth
    Friday

    There's a type of formula you can buy for 1 year olds. We used that while she was adjusting to drinking regular milk. Our pediatrician recommended making a normal bottle with formula and then adding a little milk in to help her adjust to the taste difference, and just gradually adding more milk and less formula until she would drink just milk.

Anybody using the minbie bottle?

This might be a silly question, but can formula or breast milk get too hot? I put a bottle in the warmer on the wrong setting and when I took it out it was way too hot to feed LO with. It wouldn’t spoil from getting too hot in the warmer, right??

  • Anonymous
    Nov 27

    Thank you !!!

  • Orion
    Nov 28

    It will be fine as soon as it cools to a safe temperature. That is what pasteurization is, heating milk to kill harmful bacteria, then cooling after for preservation.

My baby is almost 4 months old and breastfeeding only. She refused the bottle since she was 5w. But now I really want her to get back using bottle. I’ve tried and failed many times. Any tips and brands recommended? 😧

  • Emma
    Nov 27

    I introduced latch bottles by munchkin and my baby girl loved them, they have a wide nipple that moves so it’s similar to the breast. The first bottle I got her to drink she was in her bouncer with the vibration on and I had her in front of her toys. She was chilled out and drank it. Then I did the ol’ boob-to-bottle switcheroo on her a couple of times and that worked. Walking around the house and going outside with her facing out also worked. But for some reason my baby wouldn’t take a bottle from anyone else until she was comfortable taking it from me. After about two weeks she adjusted and I didn’t have to do the switcheroo or walk with her anymore.

  • Rachel
    Nov 27

    I’m in the same boat and, unfortunately, nothing has worked yet with my 3 month old. I’ve tried every bottle and every nipple known to man and nothing has worked. I work from home mostly so I’ve been able to breastfeed during the day when needed, but I traveled last week and was gone for ~12 hours and she still refused anything my mom and husband tried. My husband was able to squirt a couple ounces in her mouth, but she won’t suck on the nipple of a bottle — she only chews it. We’ve been trying every day for about 3 weeks now to no avail, but we are just going to keep on trying. Tomorrow my mom is going to try using a small cup to see if that works...fingers crossed!

My little one has started squirming/ grunting and kicking while bottle feeding (formula) has anyone else experienced this? It looks like she is trying to poop or pass gas while eating.

  • Jen
    Nov 26

    Normal

  • E
    Nov 26

    My 5 month old does it when nursing sometimes.. I think it has to do with the flow... my six year old when she sees me getting ready to nurse: "mommy I hope the baby doesn't wrestle with your boob."

Hi all! I need advice on bottles. My 2 year old drinks milk in the morning and evening (4/5 oz) and I don't know what bottle to use that's easy to clean. Thanks!

  • antigrav_kids
    Nov 20

    We went with whatever was cheapest at the grocery store and used a bottle brush when we didn't have a dishwasher.

  • Sara
    Nov 20

    Sippy cup or straw cup or even just a regular cup but 2 years old is too old for bottles because it’s bed for the teeth.

I have a 10 day old and we had to supplement her feeding with formula while breastfeeding because she was loosing weight. She has since gained some weight and showing very good signs in her feeding habits. With this context in mind, my question is do you really have to wake up a sleeping baby every 3 hours? Or can you let her sleep longer?

  • Abigail
    Nov 28

    It’s totally normal for breastfed babies to lose weight in the first week or 2...as long as they are having wet and dirty diapers, they are fine. Make sure you’re waking them to feed as often as possible. Cluster feeding (feeding as often as possible, even within an hour or less) will establish and keep your milk supply up. Otherwise - especially with supplementing formula - your supply will diminish. Hang in there, mama.

  • Desiree Baird, Sleep Coach
    Dec 05

    I recommend every 2 to 3 hours to my clients during the day to help with day/night contusion.

What can I do to get rid of that awful soapy smell from my baby’s bottle? He hates using the freshly cleaned bottles because they smell the strongest, and I feel bad because I’m basically forcing him to breathe in this gross smell that he might eventually associate with feeding. TIA

  • Karla
    Nov 19

    Dapple is the best! I even use it on my husband's shaker cups he takes to the gym

  • Trista
    Nov 20

    I use babyganics fragrance free soap!

My baby is turning 12 weeks. I usually breastfeed so I am uncertain how much my baby eats. Per feeding, how many ounces does a 12 week old usually eats?

  • Laura
    Nov 16

    My son drank around 30oz a day and sometimes more during growth spurts.

  • Srey
    Nov 17

    My 11-week old drinks about 3 ounces per feeding. I EBF, but I prepare 3 ounce bottles if I have to be out of the house. My daughter usually finishes the entire bottle but never wants more. During the day, she needs to nurse every two hours.

Our babies night waking it totally unpredictable and it’s making me so frustrated. Irrationally so I feel! She doesn’t sleep through the night yet (5.5 mo) which is fine by us. It’s just that some nights she’ll wake up once after 7 hrss+ since last feed and sometimes she’ll wake up every 3 hrs. It makes me so angry for some reason because I know she can go longer stretches. It also frustrates me because she can and goes go longer during the day between feeds (4hrs). On top of that.. we bottle feed a mixture of formula and breast and it stresses me out that with the extra night wakings she’s getting too many calories. We try to wait it out to see if she’ll go back down without eating but figure if she’s wailing after 40 min she’s really hungry. Then I feel terrible we a. Made her wa... More

  • Sam
    Nov 14

    You’re not the only one but your baby is so young. You can’t force an infant to fit to your schedule. I understand the frustration but every child is different and no book is going to tell you how YOUR baby is going to act. If your child wakes in the night then they are hungry or need attention. Don’t try and force her to do what you want, you have to do what she wants. Especially at this age. Just feed her and roll with it. Things will get better.

  • Natalie
    Nov 14

    Mine is only a month she used to love party from 12 am to 3am. I used to talk to her and carried her then I try the let her cry way but the first 5 minutes my heart was broken. So I just feed her put her back in her crib and look at her with out talking she got bored ant me looking at her that for the last 3 nights she wakes eats and goes back to sleep lol

Does anyone have any tips on how to supplement formula my 5 MO doesn’t like formula and he doesn’t like a bottle 😕

  • Erika Dalton
    Nov 13

    My son LOVES the como tomo bottle..its made to feel just like a breast. Also, noticed you were from St. Augustine! I am as well! Nice to see a familiar place on here 😊

  • Grace
    Nov 13

    Thanks for the tip Erika also nice to see a fellow St. Augustine resident 😇

Hi All, I️ have been exclusively breastfeeding my 12 week old but I️ am now going back to work so will be providing bottles of pumped milk to our nanny. Unfortunately, my daughter is refusing to take a bottle. We have only given her a bottle a few times, and each time she has taken it no problem. But we hadn’t given her one the last couple of weeks and now she won’t take one at all. I️ realize now that I️ should have been mixing in more bottles for the last 12 weeks, but I️ was so worried about nipple confusion with EBF that I️ didn’t even think about her refusing a bottle. We’ve been trying to get her to take a bottle every day for the last week and a half or so but she just chews on the nipple or pushes it out with her tongue and then gets really frustrated (she also does this with a... More

  • Srey
    Nov 10

    I EBF. My husband and I pretty much did the same thing as Andrea. Our now 10-week old refused the bottle and pacifier. At around week 7, we worked on introducing her more to the bottle and pacifier so that I could leave the house without issues. We also squirt a drop onto her tongue because she sometimes does fight it at first. Once she knows it’s breastmilk, she gulps it down pretty quickly. She doesn’t have nipple confusion at all. We use Dr. Brown bottles with their preemie nipples. It was recommended to us by our hospital lactation nurse and our own lactation consultant. It’s softer than most other nipples and it mimics the shape of mine.

  • Ghenya
    Nov 12

    Try Smilo Baby bottles and Paci’s. They’re designed by pediatric dentists and mimic the breast!

How many oz of formula per bottle do you feed an 8 month old?

  • Anonymous
    Nov 06

    Ok lol well then my boy may need a bit more. He was doing fine at 6oz but now he gets upset when the bottle is empty but I didn't want to over feed him. Thank you!

  • Kristin
    Nov 06

    It also would depend on how much food food he would eat at meals as well. Normally I’d make an 8oz bottle and let him drink what he wanted of it 😊 I️ know some don’t save the leftover formula, but I️ would and use it for the very next bottle. I️ figured a few hours in the fridge would be fine, and he never seemed to have an issue.

Does formula make stool harder to pass? I added similac alimentum to my baby’s diet and he seems to have a harder time passing stool or doesn’t pass stool for a day then we get an explosion. He definitely was not this way with breast milk

  • Christina
    Nov 12

    Bm is mostly if not all absorbed by baby. Formula is not. You also can go up to 2 weeks safely between poops with bm and only a few days with formula.

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