It is that time in my baby’s life where we need to introduce bottles. Baby Riley has had 2 teeth for about 2 months now. When his gums became hard from his ‘milk teeth’ I knew it was time to think of transitioning from breast to bottle. His gums were as hard as rock and he was biting down with them, and it HURT!!! When I first felt his bottom 2 teeth break through, I preserved through and continued breastfeeding. BUT after he bit me a few times with those two teeth I immediately began giving him bottles. Here is how we transitioned.
The transition really began after my consultation with the lactation specialist. Instead of having a 4 week checkup, my son’s pediatrician suggested we see the lactation consultant to ensure that Baby was getting enough milk, and to answer any questions that I had about breastfeeding. Although this is my second child, I did not breastfeed with my frist. My oldest son would not latch on, so I pumped for 6 months to provide him with breastmilk. There is a HUGE difference between pumping and breastfeeding, the biggest being that when you are pumping your know exactly how much milk your child is receiving, versus breastfeeding you do not know how much milk you are providing. So to determine how much Baby Riley was receiving and to ensure that he was thriving we saw the lactation specialist. At the appointment the lactation specialist told me that I could begin pumping and giving bottles (so that I could catch some ZZZ’s). So since about 4 weeks Baby Riley was taking at least 1 bottle a day. Sometime he did not when I was unable to pump, or when Daddy returned to work. Riley was a little cholic-y so we used these bottles and they worked wonders.
We also used Gerber Probiotic drops as suggested by our pediatrician to help with his gas/cholic.
They seemed to help, and after he became less gasy, we started using regular bottles by our favorite brand Tommee Tippee.
The transition from breast to bottle began around 6 months when we were given the okay to start baby food. Soon after his 6 month appointment his teeth came in. We also started giving him a bottle with cereal at night to help him sleep throughout the night. He ate about 4 to 6 bottles a day, and I offered baby food after his bottle. To create a supply of milk, I would pump while he was taking his nap, while eating, whenever I got a chance. I tried to pump at least 5 times a day, but as he began to transition from 2 naps a day to 1, it became difficult to maintain my pump schedule. I would recommend that if you are going to pump, buy a bra that allows you to hands free pump. I missed opportunities to pump, or would have to stop pumping because we were playing and I had to keep both hands on baby, or I was trying to feed him and myself. When he started to actually eat baby food, and not spit it everywhere, he began to only take bottles at meal times and at night. Although he only had bottles 4 time a day, his bottles were about 10 ounces at each feed! I was struggling to keep up his demand. I was disappointed when my supply began to decrease. I struggle to meet his demand. When I had to defrost frozen milk for a feed I started researching next steps. Now we have begun the transition from breastmilk to a supplement at 8 months.I am kinda sad. No I did not want to breastfeed a child with teeth, but I wanted to continue giving him breastmilk. Are there any moms out there that experienced the same fate? A decrease in production when you transitioned from breastfeeding to bottles? If so please share, and how did you increase your production?
Thanks for reading and sharing!!!