Wordless Wednesday: Breastfeeding Alternatives

This week we asked: What do alternatives to nursing for infant feeding look like?

(Read more about alternative infant feeding methods on our resource page on Feed With Love and Respect, and enjoy this week’s articles on the theme, such as our NP Mentors’ response to “Gently Night Weaning the Breastfed, Co-sleeping Toddler” and “Nursing Beyond the Breast,” a gentle article about how to continue a nurturing feeding connection if breastfeeding is not possible or not the right choice for your family.)

baby with feeding tube and top-ups
From Nev: “This is my husband and my then 3-days-old daughter who we were told ‘needed’ a tube (she ripped the first one out so got a second) and formula top-ups. I kept nursing her and as soon as my milk came in I expressed plus nursed and we were quickly able to get rid of the formula top-up after five days.”
Nev blogs at A Lime Less Ordinary.

June 2010 and baptism
From Laura: “BabyBear getting a bottle from older sibling BigBrother. He was tounge tied and took bottles of expressed breast milk for two months before it was clipped. One ‘perk’ of this experience was that his siblings were able to help feed him.”
You can read Laura and BabyBear’s story at The Long Story of a Short Tongue: Part One
and The Long Story of a Short Tongue: Part Two.

Princess and PuddinPie bottle feeding
Also from Laura: “This picture of Princess and PuddinPie was taken when PuddinPie was about 13-14 months old. My milk dried up when he was 9 months old, so he took a bottle until he was 21 months old. My Princess loved to
cuddle him and help him have his BA! It goes without saying that all the children were well supervised during these feedings.”
Laura blogs at Walden Mommy.

donated breast milk
Amy is a mom-to-mom milk donor and a strong advocate for human milk donation. This is one of the many bags of breastmilk she has given to moms and babies who need it.
Amy blogs at Anktangle.

Emma nursing with a supplementary nursing system
Emma nursing with a supplementary nursing system.
Kristin blogs at Intrepid Murmurings (currently moving!).

Daddy giving Emma a supplementary bottle
Also from Kristin: “Daddy giving Emma a supplementary bottle.”
Kristin will be posting this week with her experiences with supplementally feeding Emma and her younger twin girls in an article titled “When Nursing Is Not Enough,” so check back!

cup feeding at 14 weeks
Sam tries out cup feeding with Mikko at 14 weeks. Lauren was pumping to donate milk to a mother who had adopted so figured they’d try out an alternative feeding method that wouldn’t interfere with breastfeeding again after their tough start. Lauren and Sam took no photos of Mikko’s first week of syringe and tube feeding, because it felt too overwhelming at the time!
Lauren blogs at Hobo Mama.

donate breastmilk to a milk bank in South Africa
From Luschka: “I donate breastmilk to a milk bank in South Africa (where I’m visiting at the moment) which is used for AIDS babies. I’ve never needed a breasmilk substitute, but love being able to provide for others who do.”
Luschka blogs at Diary of a First Child.

The Artsymama pumps at work for Little Man
Two, sometimes three times a day while at work – The Artsymama pumps for Little Man. She has been pumping at work for 6 months and with the support of her supervisor, plans to continue until he is ready to self-wean.
Read more at The ArtsyMama.

Tell us: What does baby feeding time look like in your family?
Have you ever used one of these alternatives or a different one?

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11 Responses to Wordless Wednesday: Breastfeeding Alternatives

  1. Melissa (MamaWhimsy)

    Lovely photos! I love that more attention is being brought to milk sharing/donation for babies that need some mama milk.

  2. Melissa K.  

    What beautiful examples of families doing their best to give their babies (and the babies of others) what they need! Makes me smile!

  3. Christy Reed  

    love these photos, so beautiful! I had to feed DS using the Finger Feeding (syringe feeding) method for the first 3 weeks of his life because he could not latch on his own. I wish I had thought to take a picture back then.

  4. Michelle @ The Parent Vortex  

    I love seeing all the photos of donated breastmilk! I donated milk after the birth of my 2nd and would definitely do it again if I had another baby.

  5. Amy  

    Wow, what a great collection! It’s so great to see these precious photos of families feeding their babies with love and respect. And thank you for including my photograph.

  6. Marilyn @ A Lot of Loves  

    I don’t breastfeed any more but I did so many of these things – fought with nurses over the “need” for extra supplementation, syringe feeding, cup feeding, plus I had inverted nipples so if was a terrible struggle to get my son to nurse in the first place.

  7. teresa  

    these photos are all so beautiful!
    These wordless wednesdays keep getting me to dig back into photos from a couple years ago and it’s giving me baby fever in a bad way.
    I’m too old for baby fever!!!

  8. Lauren  

    I’m glad that other people thought to take pictures of their feeding methods & milk donating! I didn’t have a blog the first time around, lol.

    Thanks so much to everyone for sharing such touching pictures and stories, even though they’re of the challenges.

  9. Apryl  

    Amazing photos. It just melts my heart to see parents (and kids!) feeding these wonderful babies in a way that works best for them.

  10. cassondra law  

    i have many friends who were in similar situations, but stuck with formula feeding. i mumbled inside that they quickly gave up. this was beautiful to watch and read. i am that mother who gives only breast milk. and if it came down to getting donations, i would.

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