Breast to Bottle to Breast

My son was born 3 weeks early and breastfed with no problems until my milk came in on day 3.

I had so much milk and was really engorged. My son struggled to latch and was choking on all the milk which was pouring out everywhere even when he wasn't sucking.

He failed to regain his birth weight as he didn't actually get much of the milk and whatever he did get came back up as he had reflux. I think looking back that laying flat to feed made the reflux worse.

After a week the midwife suggested that I express the milk and feed him in a bottle.

He took to the bottle straight away as he was fed in an upright position and soon started gaining weight. We began 12 weeks of exclusively pumping and the feeding in a bottle, which was exhausting. from weeks 10 to 12 he had grown increasingly fussy on the bottle and had taken to screaming whenever we fed him.

I think the reflux played a part in this. One day in desperation I decided to put him back on the breast. I did't have much hope but he had refused the bottle for 14 hours.

He took to breastfeeding straight away! I think he was just old enough to deal with my fast flow. It took a few days for the milk supply to settle back down, as the bottle always wastes more and there was too much milk. He has now been breastfeeding for 8 weeks with few problems and is gaining weight as he should be.

I hope this story gives hope to anyone who has had to express their milk and maybe encourages them to have another go when the child is a bit older.

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Apr 01, 2014
by: Tracy

Congratulations mommy! What a great job!

Thank you for sharing your inspirational story. I am sure, that it will motivate other moms in similar situations.

Apr 02, 2014
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by: Trisha

Thank you for sharing your story. I am in a similar situation where my son stopped latching on, once I got home from the hospital.

I am now pumping and feeding him through a bottle which he enjoys. I may try to bring him back to the breast to see what happens.

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