Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Good Ship Lollipop
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My mom recently told me that this was the reason she breastfed me: when she was two years old, her mom got an absessed breast while breastfeeding her younger sister, and the baby had to have formula. (what do you want, it was 1950.) My mom remembers how her grandmother and aunt stressed out about making the bottles, and how hard it seemed to bottle-feed.
I'm also writing with advice, not just a story! I breastfeed and my dh uses bottles to feed ds the milk I express while I'm at work. So it's not 100% the same. I have gotten into a rhythm of washing and boiling the bottles and pump parts, usually early in the morning. I boil them in a pot on the stove because we don't have a microwave or a dishwasher. The easiest would be to use a dishwasher and use the sanicycle. There are also special plastic bags for boiling pump parts and bottles in the microwave. I think you could use them for formula bottles just as well. We use the Avent bottles because the nipples have the reputation of causing the least nipple confusion. My son has never had gas from bottle or breast.
In the olden days, the protocol after nursing or bottle feeding was always to put the baby on your shoulder and pat them on the back. so my dad taught me to do that. With a bfed baby you don't need to burp them, but they like it! I guess with a bottle you should burp them to help prevent gas.
Divorced mom of one awesome boy born 2-3-2003.