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Can one bottle really create a problem?

Would a bottle disrupt this baby's breastfeeding ability?
Would a bottle disrupt this baby's breastfeeding ability?
Photo courtesy of L. Radcliff

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  • Genevieve Hinson 5 years ago

    This is great information. My child was early and in the NICU so we went about it a bit backwards. So glad nursing went well once she was strong enough to do so. She did get a bottle when I went back to work and now refuses it but still likes to nurse. She's a year now and folks ask me when we're going to wean. Was a bit startling and I have no answer. Figure we'll figure it out when she and I are ready. And I don't see that happening soon.

  • Tess Johnson 5 years ago

    Thank you for commenting, Genevieve. I, too, had a preemie who began her feeding career on a tube, and then a bottle (briefly), then finally, the breast. Luckily, it was always breast milk. Thank goodness she and I both had the patience and determination to hang in there until she was mature enough to feed consistently. She nursed for 14 months. I remember watching her carefully to see if that brief episode on a bottle caused a sucking problem...she did "purse" her lips tighter than my firstborn, so it may have been a factor.

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