Whether bottle-feeding is your first choice, or you are planning to combine breast and bottle, you and your baby may benefit from a consult.
If you are a breastfeeding mom who also wants to introduce a bottle or pacifier...We will help you select the best bottle and/or pacifier uniquely suited to your baby's suck, and then teach you how to use them in a way that is supportive of your breastfeeding goals. Let us help you! We wrote THE BOOK on breast and bottle-feeding.
If you plan to pump and bottle-feed...
We will explore the many possibilities of how to achieve this goal, including pump selection and use. We will bring a variety of bottle nipples to explore with your baby and help you select the best for your baby before your family invests in a feeding system. If this is your "Plan B" and you had hoped to breastfeed directly and it didn't work out, we are happy to revisit the possibility of transitioning to the breast, or a combination of both.
If you are exclusively bottle-feeding but your baby isn't feeding well with the bottle...
If your baby leaks milk from around his mouth, seems overwhelmed with the bottle flow, or has other feeding difficulties, please schedule a consult. We will evaluate your baby's mouth, looking specifically at strength and coordination. We will observe part of a feeding with your current bottle, and bring other bottles to find one that will help your baby feed calmly and happily. Feeding should be a time of enjoyment for your and your baby.