All Bottled Up

>> Thursday, February 12, 2009

I posted yesterday at Chicago Moms Blog about my recent battles with Caden over taking the bottle. Plain and simple, he won't do it. No matter who tries, how much you distract or coax, the little bugger refuses to cooperate. I am really at the point of not knowing what to do next. Cereal helps, he is kinda learning how to take a sippy cup. But otherwise, he screams until mommy gets home to fill his tummy. What can I do? Please, I would love to hear any suggestions or encouragement that you many have. Even though Caden is stubbornly refusing anything that is not mama, I am still pumping at work in hopes that he will soon change his mind. Like most pumping moms, I pump into bottles then transfer the milk into breast milk storage bags to put in the freezer. When it is time to use the milk, I thaw the storage bag and pour the milk into the bottle or into the bowl for making cereal. If you have ever done this, you notice that there is always some lipid residue left over on the bottle or the bag. That is some of the milk fat, one of the parts that makes breast milk so fabulously nutritious. So the more you transfer, the more fatty goodness you lose.
The MilkBank Vacuum Storage System for breast milk is the latest fancy-schmancy way to store and serve your pumped milk. You pour your freshly pumped milk into their bottles then use their patented vacuum pump to vacuum seal the bottle in order to optimize the freshness and nutrition. Pretty cool, huh? The bottles can be stored in the fridge or frozen for longer storage. When you are ready to give the milk to baby, you can put a nipple right on that bottle and warm and serve thus eliminating an unnecessary transfer and preserving that fatty goodness for your baby. Using the vacuum pump increases the amount of time you can safely store the milk, keeping it fresher longer. And fresh is good. These bottles are easy to use, easy to clean, free of any harmful chemicals, and research-proven to keep pumped milk as close to fresh-from-the-boob quality for longer. Can't ask for much more than that. Except that the baby would actually drink the milk... hmmmm....
The coolest thing about this new Milk Bank system, though, is their insulated bottle. It is an outer bottle that you fill with warm water and screw onto the bottle. This keeps the milk at the optimal temperature improving nutrient ingestion. I love that you can freeze the bottles and then just warm and feed from the same container. My only complaint is that I wish they had made the bottles more of a standard size so you could just attach them to your pump and eliminate all transferring.
Now I have an awesome way to store and serve my pumped milk.... now, how to get the baby to drink it??? Help!!
Oh, and by the way... the folks at MilkBank have given me one of their vacuum systems and bottles to give away. Just leave a comment here and make sure I have a way to contact you if you win. Contest is open until Tuesday the 17th at 5pm and the winner will be chosen at random later in the day. Subscribe to me and leave another comment letting me know for another entry. Blog about the contest and leave me the link for one more chance to win. Or let your facebook friends know about the contest and get yet another entry. Thanks y'all and good luck!!
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Sarah February 12, 2009 at 1:01 PM  

Hi Farrah! We went through the SAME thing with Evelyn at the same age. Very frustrating. What I (eventually) did was just offer her the bottle all day long, nothing else. If she cried, I just didn't offer it to her, and distracted her w/ toys. I didn't want her to associate the bottle w/ desperation. At first, she would only drink and ounce or two, but I just encouraged it, but didn't force it. It took about 2-3 days, but it worked.

Give my best to all your boys!

Anonymous February 12, 2009 at 11:02 PM  

Totally know what you're going through....Gia was completely insulted when I (or anyone) offered her the bottle! It was all Mama-all the time. As you said, it helps when I could introduce a sippy cup & she took a straw very early. People always told me to make that her only option & when she's hungry she'll eat. I never could do that. I wish I had a fool proof solution for you:( I can only offer prayers!
xo, Cat

Atwood-Family of 3 February 13, 2009 at 7:41 AM  

I nannied for a baby who would not take a bottle easily. She would only drink a few ounces ever and usually that was a struggle. As much as I despise formula, for her, sometimes taking formula was a bit easier. I think maybe because it tasted completely different than her mamma's milk she was able to differenciate between mamas milk and missing the nursing and bottle and formula. Possibly something to try.

W/ the stored breastmilk, look at you! When he weans, you'll be able to give him breastmilk to drink after that! Lucky guy!

Anonymous February 13, 2009 at 7:46 AM  

Oh, I just have no idea what to expect with this new little one! I hope that nursing works out this time around...I'm bound and determined to learn everything I possibly can before July, so I'm "almost" fully prepared. This is an awesome giveaway, Farrah!

Off to post on Facebook and Twitter now...

Amy M.
mueller7 at gmail dot com

Eric February 13, 2009 at 6:08 PM  

I everyone I would love to see this as a gift for my wife that I can give her. We are due any moment now and we are hoping to have the best chance to give the new baby what he/she needs.

Melinda February 13, 2009 at 8:26 PM  

Aspen was the same way when I used to work evenings. I wish I had some advice but nothing much worked for her until she was over a year old and eating more and more solid foods. Sorry, I know that is totally not helpful!

Erin February 17, 2009 at 7:38 PM  

I am due soon (March 1st!), and will have to go back to work shortly after the birth of the baby in order to make ends meet. I was given a breast pump, and I'm planning to pump while I work so that my baby is exclusively breastfed. This sounds like an amazing system, and would be so wonderful to have! Thanks for the opportunity!

Kalli Ko February 19, 2009 at 11:12 AM  

breastfeeding is a battle, one i fight daily! 6 months later I feel like I'm just barely getting the hang of things. This system would definitely make my life easier knowing I was doing everything I can to get my son all the nutrition I have available.

Heather @ Not a DIY Life February 20, 2009 at 2:44 PM  

Looks like lots of other moms have experienced the same thing. We did too, when Ladybug was about 4 months old she refused the bottle and cried for 3 hrs until I got home. Thankfully, I wasn't away from her much. We did move on to a nuby sippy cup, with the very soft nibs. But when she was teething she would chew a hole in them! Know that eventually the cup will be his best bud.

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