Baby used to bottle, difficulty breastfeeding in Breastfeeding

Posted by Anonymous on - 1 reply

I have introduced a bottle just before bedtime for my 6 week old so my husband can feed him whilst I put our little girl to bed, but now he seems to of lost his technique and won't take a large mouthful of breast, but instead just sucks my nipple which is getting rather painful for me, and it appears frustrating for him. Is there a way I can get him to latch on properly again? Many thanks

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Nov 14, 2016 15:28 PM

Many thanks for your email. It sounds as though your baby may have acquired a flow preference for feeding with a bottle.

It may be better to finger feed him a supplement by finger feeding using a syringe, ng tube or Medela supplemental nursing system. Please have a look at my download attached for methods of feeding that minimise the risk of teat and flow preference for bottles.

Alternatively when giving a bottle, you can practise paced bottle feeding. Here's a good video on how to do paced bottle feeding:

To enable baby to latch baby at the breast using a wide mouth, feed him at first feeding cue so that he is not over hungry and upset, and place your nipple on the philtrum (groove under the nose); this should stimulate a wider gape. I attach a copy of my Problem Free Feed download which may help you.

I hope this is helpful. Please do reach out if you need further support.

Katherine Fisher IBCLC

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