Bottle Feeding

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

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

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

    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

    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

    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

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

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

  • Jenieze
    Oct 10

    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

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

    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

    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

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

    Well said!

C posted in Bottle Feeding Aug 30

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

    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

    Acid Reflux? Is he exclusively breast fed?

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Aug 20

Best glass bottles

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

  • Natalya
    Aug 22

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

Alexis posted in Behavior Jul 31

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

    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

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

HELP! MY 7m old son won’t take a bottle!

Hi moms! So I have a 7m old son who REFUSES to drink from a bottle. I have been breastfeeding him since day one.. he gets the concept of how to suck a bottle but he won’t drink breastmilk from a bottle. He will take a tad bit of water or juice, and just a few tiny sucks at that. He mainly just chews and bites and pulls the nipple. I have tried the tommee tippiee Breast like bottle, nano baby , ... More

  • Anonymous
    Jul 26

    Have you tried a syringe with the longer feeding cord? Your pediatrician/lactation consultant could provide to you. You tape the end of the cord to your finger and fill syringe with milk. It’s what we did when my daughter was first born and not getting enough milk. Maybe it could help ease the transition to bottle since it still has the ‘skin’ contact?

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Jul 25

Tummy troubles with formula?

My LO is 3 and half weeks old and we just transitioned him to full formula from being full breast milk since he was born. With breast milk, he pooped almost every single feeding but now with formula he poops maybe once a day. During feedings though he is constantly pushing which frustrates him because nothing comes out. Is this normal? When he does poop it’s not hard. Is this his tummy getting ... More

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Jul 17

2 and a half week old eating every 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours, anything we can do stretch that out?

Newborn has just started to eat every 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours from the start of the feeding and is eating between 2 and 1/2 to 3oz of breast milk. Anything we can do to stretch this out? Is this temporary?

  • Kieli
    Jul 18

    Yes, baby’s will eat more when going throw a growth spurt. My 2 month old (EBF) cluster feeds, feeds about every 1-2 hours during the day and then sleeps longer stretches at night. Definitely not a bad thing

  • Samantha
    Jul 22

    This is completely normal. Nothing you can really do to stretch out the time between feedings. Baby’s stomach is so tiny right now.

I’ve been supplementing with formula

I can only produce one ounce of breast milk per pump so I add some formula to the same bottle to feed my 1 week old. I feed her at 45 degree angle and make sure there’s enough in the bottle . It seems she makes the squeaking gulping noises so I’m worried she takes in a lot of air- and she gulps down super fast. I hope that’s normal?? She seems super hungry and can gulp down 1.5 oz in 10 mins... More

  • Megan
    Jul 05

    Have you tried Gripe Water? This worked wonders for our kids when they had trapped gas and hiccups

  • Anna
    Jul 05

    Pediatrician said gripe water doesn’t yet work for such a young bowel, only later... we do have it and attempt it from time to time

Six day old still hadn’t pooped since Wednesday

We switched to formula on Wednesday to supplement since I couldn’t breastfeed the appropriate amount, per the hospitals recommendation. Since Wednesday my baby hasn’t pooped. No signs of distress really, she’s definitely gassy and we feed her 1oz every two hours. Still waiting nervously . Anybody go thru something similar in the early stages?

  • Megan
    Jul 01

    For both my kids the pediatrician told us not to worry til it hit 10 days without pooping as long as they are peeing a lot. They also don’t mind if you call and ask. We have called our nurses line so many times over the years and they are fine with it. That’s what they’re there for. And we never used the Q-Tip with Vaseline but pretty much the same thing. We would take the infant thermometer th... More

  • Anna
    Jul 01

    This q tip thing worked like a charm - thanks all for the suggestion. She finally pooooped!!

Jennifer posted in Babies Jun 28

How to drop the bedtime bottle?

We are currently struggling to get our (almost) 14 month old to drop her bed time bottle. She’s down to a bottle of whole milk in the AM (due to our schedule to get to daycare) and the same after dinner but before bed. I’ve tried offering more solids at dinner, moving dinner later, and even offering warm water instead (thinking she just needed that suckling/warmth combo for her final calm dow... More

  • Jenn
    Jun 29

    We give ours milk with dinner. I honestly just stopped one day and she didn't notice. I'd suggest stopping cold turkey and she will forget about it after a day or so. I read that it is important to stop those things before 15 months because that is when habits solidify and they become exponentially harder to break.

  • Jacqueline
    Jul 03

    My daughter was the same way. I ended up only offering water before bed and when she woke during the night. She was upset at first but I stuck it out. Within a day or two, she didn’t want it anymore. It just led to her having a bigger appetite during the day and she no longer looked for calories at nighttime.

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