Bottle Feeding

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

Alternating whole milk brand

Hi everyone, First time mom here.. working mom.. My little one just turn one a couple weeks ago we have switched her to horizon cow whole milk. And she has been doing great. She still wakes up once at night to have one 4oz feeding. Now that we are giving her cows milk... it’s so hard to wake up warm her milk in the middle of the night since both my husband and I work full time jobs. I was wond... More

  • Stephanie
    May 19

    I’m a dental hygienist lol. We went right to water at night once he got teeth. To be honest I don’t even think he noticed much. Google baby bottle tooth decay. Going to bed with a bottle is no bueno. Let me know how it goes!! Good luck mana 👍

  • Jessy
    May 19

    Thanks Stephanie I will do tonight!

Tj posted in Babies May 17

Introducing bottle

Any tips on how to introduce my 3.5 month old to the bottle? She will be starting daycare in a month.

  • Laura
    May 17

    My baby likes the MAM bottle. It’s the only one she takes regularly after months of trying.

  • Ashley
    May 17

    My little girl likes the Avent bottles. I have no idea what the difference is she likes, but that's the one. Also, she wouldn't take a bottle from me to save my life at first, but would take a bottle from grandma or dad. Now she can hold it herself and will gladly bottle or breastfeed.

Transitioning to milk in a sippy cup

My LO will be 1 on Wednesday 😍😍😭😭😭😭😭 I have been slowly reducing her formula and putting more milk in her bottle to get her used to milk. My goal is to also stop the bottle at 1 and just do sippy cups, but it just dawned on me that she may not go for that. I tried giving her 1 of her bottles today in a sippy cup and she wouldn't take it. When I put it back in the bottle, she drank it. Any ... More

  • Kiva
    May 14

    It took a week of trying every day before my son would drink from his sippy cup. We used the Avent soft spout.

  • Kieli
    May 14

    I switched my daughter to Nuk soft spouted sippy cup and she took to it like a charm. I also made the transition easier by warming the sippy cup like how she was used to, then slowly let it get colder and colder. And now she loves her milk with ice in it, she will spit it out if it’s warm.

Fighting sleep and bottle feeding.

It’s like my 6m old knows and does everything to avoid sleeping and/or bottle feeds when it’s before bed time. Also when we put her down for the night she will cry for what seems like forever. Once she is asleep she will randomly jolt into a whine, do that and cry. And than go back to sleeping. I’m worried and frustrated I’m not doing things right. Should I just let her cry wen I know she’s fed... More

  • Kristen
    May 02

    What’s the difference of the Ferber method

  • Payge
    May 02

    You let them cry it out for 3 minutes, then go check on them and calm them down (don’t pick them up and try not to talk either) then if they continue wait 5 minutes do the same thing and then 7 minutes. If you look it up online it shows you a whole chart of it

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Apr 28

Opinion on solids?

My daughter turned 4 months on the 5th of April and at her 4 month appointment our pediatrician suggested we start solids. She’s a rather big baby, 17lbs and 24.5 inches long (her dad is 6’7 and i was a big baby at her age too). Our daughter doesn’t last very long in between bottles and our pedi said it will help her feel fuller for longer. I’d love to start her on solids so she can last longer... More

  • Mama
    Apr 30

    I would look into baby Led weaning. The mom is also a nutritionist andShe has great advice. You can search for her on Instagram.

  • molly
    May 01

    forget the lame shamers. ur baby ur rules. my baby was super small so we started solids at 5 months but he still had milk.

Transitioning away from formula

My daughter just turned one and I’d like to start weening her off of her formula slowly. What’s the best way to do this while still making sure she gets all the nutrients she needs. Also, she’s very attached to her bedtime bottle, but I’d like to put a stop to that too because I’d like to start brushing her teeth before bed but I don’t want to start until she is done with her bed time bottle.... More

  • Laura
    Apr 25

    Once our daughter started getting teeth, we brushed teeth after the last milk of the day, and she had a water bottle in her bedroom for a last teeth-friendly drink. I think the comfort of a night bottle is as much about the sucking as it is about the milk.

  • Jenn
    Apr 25

    My PED told me to start mixing the formula with an increasing amount of milk starting a 11.5 months. She said to start with 1 oz of milk, then increase by 1oz every few days til she is 1. Also, we are going cold turkey on the bottles at 1 and she is just going to get milk in sippy cups at the same time as her bottles. I brush her teeth after her last bottle.

Bottles

My daughter just turned 9 months, what type of bottles do I start using

  • Lacie
    Apr 22

    Bottles

  • Anonymous
    Apr 22

    So....Keep using what you are using? No need to change bottles unless you don't like them. The nipple size changes with the bottle so make sure it corresponds to her age. You could introduce sippy cups if you haven't.

Bedtime routines

Hi! I have a 15 month old girl and she has been given a bottle in her crib to help her fall asleep. I’m trying to get away from that. I’m thinking of trying a new routine like a bath then a bottle and read to her then brush her teeth and put her down but I’m curious as to what everyone else does. I really want to incorporate books because she won’t let me read to her unless she has a bottle

  • Sanam
    Apr 18

    My son is 20 months and has refused any other type of sippy cup. Our routine is read two books, bath, bottle during bath, then brush his teeth and then he goes to bed. He used to get a bottle during his nap also, but we cut that one out. I prefer he gets a solid serving of milk at least once a day. My doctor said it was fine as long as we brushed after. Good luck!

  • J
    Apr 18

    we had to switch up the order of things so he wouldn’t fall asleep while feeding. it took a few days but he adapted.

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Apr 15

Water for formula

What type of water do you use for formula? I have just been using filtered tap water. Am I a terrible mom for doing that??

  • Kitty's
    Apr 16

    Not at all when I use to run out of baby water I would boil water on the stove

  • Kristen
    Apr 18

    I don’t know what the water in your area is like, but that’s what we do. Our pediatrician was fine with filtered water (we used the water dispenser from the fridge) and told us not to bother with store-bought baby water.

Payge posted in Babies Apr 15

My 4mo is struggling to eat

My daughter has been bottle fed since she was about 6 weeks old, and lately it seems like she’s struggling with drinking her bottle. she grunts and squirms and acts like she’s choking. We use the Dr. Browns bottles and she hasn’t had a problem with them until lately, we’ve tried feeding her in different positions and nothing seems to work. Any tips?

  • Anonymous
    Apr 15

    Are you on a strict 3 hour schedule? She may just not be hungry, and ready to go to 4 hours, or super picky about water temp. Or just distracted because there are other things going on around. My son is 7.5 months, uses the same bottles and does all of these things. My first just ate whenever and whatever I gave him, this one is more picky, all conditions must be perfect. 🤷

  • Payge
    Apr 15

    I’ve tried to stretch her out to 4 hours sometimes since she sleeps through the night (most nights) but she gets too cranky! Sometimes she gets hungry after 2.5 hours and won’t calm down unless she gets a bottle. and She’s very strange sometimes where she either won’t eat when other people are around or she needs it to be almost silent! Just depends on her mood. I’ll try the water temp! Normall... More

Feeding himself?

When do babies learn to hold the bottle by themselves? I feel like he should be doing it by himself by now, but he won’t touch the bottle if I’m holding it. He won’t take it out of my hand, and he gets frustrated when he can’t figure out how to drink it. Is it too early? If it’s not, what do you suggest? He’s 8 1/2 months.

  • Aryanna
    Apr 12

    My baby started when he was 4 months old. Im not sure if it was him and his determination because he’s one of those babies that wants to do everything himself, but I noticed if I put the bottle close to his mouth, he was eager enough to grab it and feed himself. But like I said, I’m not sure if it’s just my baby. I’d can give it a try and see.

  • Amy
    Apr 12

    M 8 month old wants to try but hasn't figured out tipping it up (same problem with the sippy cup).

Missing cap cover

What do you do with the bottle when you lose the cap (cover)? This is so annoying, people want to feed the baby and just place the cap wherever and it ends up missing or lost.. I don’t wanna toss the whole bottle though.

  • Mariah
    Apr 08

    I don’t even have the caps anymore lol they pretty much all disappeared!

  • Aye
    Apr 10

    At home it’s not an issue, but it’s such a huge pet peeve. I just like everything to have it’s parts 😅 it’s when we got out that’s annoying because I don’t want leakage, dust/particles/germs.. I’m anal I know. It’s just when other people dad/family members feed them or when we’re on the go it gets lost 😩 I tried finding it online but no luck so I might try the bag and rubber band

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Apr 07

Toddler refuses sippy cups

My son will be 2 in May and he still won’t use a sippy cup. We have been trying to get him off the bottle but he won’t use the cups. Anyone have or had this problem? What did you do?

  • Diane
    Apr 08

    Can you try just a straw cup? I drink from one all the time and my daughter showed an interest in them bc of that. Maybe you can drink from one and see if he’ll want to copy.

  • Anonymous
    Apr 09

    At this age I see a lot of kids with regular water bottles. You can get them at Walmart or Target for around $10 in the home goods section. Try getting one for each of you, lo gets to do what you do. Just make sure you wash all the parts thoroughly, they collect mold if you don't.

Getting baby to take bottle

My daughter is 4 months and has been exclusively breastfed. We are having trouble with getting her to take a bottle now that I'm back at work - she basically plays with the nipple with her tongue or else puts up her hands to push the bottle away. So the past few days she's essentially fasted for 9 or 10 hours until I'm home again. Our first child had no problems nursing or using a p... More

  • Ashley
    Apr 11

    Use a bottle that feels more like a breast. Tommee tippe is amazing! Also you try to feed her a bottle while you’re home so she can see that it’s normal.

  • Anne
    Apr 16

    I still have this same issue with my 8 month old. Our pediatrician said to have someone else give her the bottle, and for me to be out of the room (don’t even let the baby know I’m around). When the baby sees you/knows you’re there, she will associate you with feeding and most likely refuse the bottle.

Whole milk

My lo just turn 11 months... when do you transition your baby to whole milk? Currently she’s on formula only and solid foods.

  • Laura
    Apr 05

    At 12 months. Or when you run out of formula and she's nearly 12 months :)

Advice in bottle weaning?

  • Christa
    Apr 03

    So we did a transition to a sippy cup, and let him pick it out. That’s his absolute only option for meals and he knows at bed time is only when he gets a bottle, and he’s 14 months old. Being as we are 4 months pregnant with baby 2 I’m not pulling the bottle just yet at least not 100%. But when we did do the sippy cup transition from 100% bottle only, I found I had to let him have one that beca... More

  • Christa
    Apr 03

    Also, we never had success with the 360 sippy. It’s a pain to clean, and I didn’t find- as much as I love other products by them- that I wasn’t a huge fan of it. Your kiddo may pick it up and totally love it. Mine was not having it, and like I said, I find it is a pain to clean.

Jenn posted in Babies Mar 30

10 1/2 month old refusing the bottle

As of a couple days ago, my LO is refusing her bottles at times and drinking around 15oz a day. She is on the highest nipple size, so I know it isn't that. She is a bit constipated, but we are giving her prunes to help. She is eating her regular foods. She may be teething, but this is the only sign at the moment. She is sleeping through the night, so at least I know she isn't hungry. Co... More

  • Anonymous
    Apr 02

    My pediatrician recommended getting rid of the bottle at a year old anyways, I would just try some different sippy cups and see how it goes

  • Jenn
    Apr 02

    Thanks. We actually changed her schedule to only 3 bottles and she is eating more. I try to get her to 20oz, but am fine with 16 or more.

C posted in Bottle Feeding Mar 27

How much solids should my 7 month old be eating?

To feel full, he can take 24oz of milk and purée per day - 8oz per feeding, 3 times a day. How many of those ounces should be purée, and how many should be milk?

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Mar 27

How did baby hold bottle?

We are at 10.5 months, and baby is very independent trying to feed herself and drink herself. The funny thing is...she doesn’t realize she needs to tilt back to drink! She finally started drinking from her sippy cup at home (used to only drink from a regular cup), but she still has not realized the “tipping” required for sippy is the same for bottle...she grabs her bottle and then gets frustr... More

  • Jo
    Mar 30

    I too have a little man not understanding the tilt the bottle, sippy cup thing. He is almost one and it does get frustrating. He actually has to be in the laying down position to drink from the bottle. After talking to other moms, they have all assured me that he will figure it out when he is ready.

  • Elizebeth
    Apr 02

    May want to try a sippy cup with a straw. Mine never used a sippy cup just went straight to straw cup. She also refused to hold a bottle. Once she realized you let go she did too and let milk run out of her mouth. Lol

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Mar 25

Transitioning from bottles

My 1yo is using a sippy cup now but he only wants a bottle before bedtime and if he wakes up during the night. Any tips on how to completely switch to a sippy cup?

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