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20 Responses to Bottle Feeding With Love

  1. Rachel Wolf  

    A friend recently had a heart attack when her baby was just a couple of months old. The medications she now requires makes her unable to nurse. Though breastmilk is in her bottle (thanks to our amazing supportive community – http://lusaorganics.typepad.com/clean/2012/01/circle-of-mothers.html ) she will be bottle-fed. I reflected on my own biases against the bottle here and am coming to terms with many ways to lovingly nourish a baby.

    Here is the bottle/breast post: http://lusaorganics.typepad.com/clean/2012/01/breast-vs-bottle-moving-beyond-judgement.html

    Sending blessings, mama. ~ Rachel

  2. Melanie

    I’ve always fed my babies cold milk in bottles. So if I do that, I don’t have to throw away what he doesn’t finish, assuming I refrigerate the leftovers right away?

    • Kelly

      Melanie, that is what we do, though there can be a risk involved – please see my comment in response to Sara for more detail on this. 🙂

  3. Marin

    What kind of formula do you use? Or do you make it yourself?

    • Kelly

      Marin, we used a well known name-brand formula that we chose when we rather suddenly found ourselves in the position of bottle feeding.

      If I had known more at the time, I may have sought different alternatives; as it was I felt a bit ‘stuck’ with what we had until my daughter turned one, when we transitioned her to goat’s milk.

  4. Sara

    I believe it’s the saliva that goes back into the bottle that causes the bacteria contamination. It’s not recommended to feed a baby a partial bottle and then save it for later, whether you keep it cold or not. You can read more about the recommendations for formula bottle feeding here: http://kidshealth.org/parent/pregnancy_newborn/formulafeed/formulafeed_storing.html#

    • Kelly

      Sara thank you for bringing this point up – it was one reason I was hesitant to share how we do it as you are right – saliva/backwash can be a source of bacteria contamination (also why we’re recommended not to ‘re-feed’ from baby food or ‘wash’ a pacifier in our mouths).

      I did take this into consideration along with other factors and made a judgement call – to me, the temperature issue is significant, but with a very healthy child (and a very tiny nipple opening) I did not find the idea of saliva contamination very worrisome, though I do know that there are probably many who would disagree.

      This is why I recommend people to do their own research and understand these kinds of issues before making a decision. I appreciate your resource and comment – thank you.

  5. Jenny B  

    THANK YOU so much for covering this topic. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

    Due to very legitimate supply issues that I do not feel the need to justify to anyone, both my babies had to be combo fed and then bottle fed. We did the same thing with the room temperature bottles. I have noticed that as they got/get closer to one year old they “snack” on the bottle a lot like a breastfeeding baby would nurse throughout the day. I make sure I always have a “snack” available for the baby.

    There are definitely ways to naturally parent even when bottle feeding. Thank you again, SO MUCH.

  6. Lauren  

    I love this article, Kelly! There are so many of us parents who for one reason or another don’t exclusively breastfeed (working out of the home, adoption, jury duty, taking a girls’ night out for crying out loud) who could use these tips just as much as those who exclusively bottle feed. I really appreciate them, and love that you’re sharing them with us! You are such a thoughtful parent, and I really admire your openness in sharing about this topic.

    I read a tip that cold milk isn’t usually rejected as long as the nipple’s warm. The advice suggested warming the nipple under warm water if it’s been refrigerated.

  7. Rachel C.

    Kelly, thanks for sharing! I loved it!

  8. Momma Jorje

    Thank you. Bottle feeding is definitely a good way for other family members to bond with a new baby, even if the mother is breastfeeding. I supplement with a bottle of donated breastmilk.

    So many people like to prop bottles up for babies… ugh.

    • Kelly

      Thank you Jorje. 🙂

      I actually never even imagined propping a bottle…I always found it odd to see so many references to that in regards to bottle-feeding moms!

  9. Jennifer

    Thank you! I struggled for awhile after my daughters birth to establish breastfeeding. She had no interest in latching on and staying on. I ended up combined feeding for three and a half weeks before I decided I couldn’t continue with expressing for various reasons. I tried everything and had loads of support to get her attached but nothing worked. The guilt was horrible and I have come to the conclusion that people aren’t prepared for the social and maternal pressure to breastfeed. I said I was prepared for it not working out but really I wasn’t and I think there needs to be a gentler approach to breastfeeding, explaining all the possible problems. So thank you for this article.

  10. Louise

    Your support for other bottle feeding moms made me cry! My baby can’t latch because of mouth issues that I don’t have money or insurance to fix (high palate, two lip ties and a tongue tie, all inherited from me). I pumped for her until mastitis dried me up, or so I thought! For the past two months, I’ve tortured myself trying to get her to latch, trying to pump and only getting drops, crying and ranting and feeling like an incompetent mom when i see other women nursing. I haven’t felt like a woman because I can’t nurse, but this article made me feel a bit better and I have to thank you unconditionally. You’re right — we can’t change the past, we can’t change issues. We have to be grateful that we even have alternative methods to feed our babies! We are so lucky we live in a place where we can feed our babies with alternate methods rather than watch them starve because of nursing or supply issues.

    I have to keep that in mind when I feel like I’ve failed my baby. Thank you for your support. It means the world to me <3

  11. Louise

    Thank you <3 I don't believe in parenting styles, just in what helps my baby and supports her needs, but I do want to be a more gentle parent with a lean toward AP, and not being able to BF really affected me and caused horrible PPD. I had sexual abuse issues from my ex while pregnant and did not want to nurse, so I decided to EP to give my baby the best start at life. After my daughter was born, I decided to try to nurse and deal with my issues for her sake. She ended up not being able to nurse because of a high palate and three ties, plus after mastitis, my supply dwindled. I'm proud that I was able to give her as much as I could through pumping, but I felt like a failure and like I wasn't doing what was best, even though my entire family had been FF and I was the only one to try BFing in three generations! When I was a kid, I didn't even thinking about anything but bottle feeding when I imagined feeding a baby.

    I can't express how much articles like this from natural parents mean to me, especially after seeing so much judgment and cruelty toward FFing moms in the AP and natural parenting communities. Thank you so much for your perspective. It shows that in all things, we should have a balanced view.