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Okay mamas, I have another question for you. . .<br>
Breastfeeding is our number one goal, but I also recognize the importance of having the flexibility of a bottle with my little guy. He still has his feeding tube but has been latching on about once a day. Some nurses have put milk in soft nipples and he drinks several cc's when I'm not there. I'd like to have one bottle/nipple style and stick with it to help prevent confusion.<br>
This morning he took an entire feed from an advent bottle, however, my nurse does not think this is right for him, b/c of large nipple size and its harder nipple. She suggested I bring in what I want to use, ( she knows how I do my research ). I have absoutely no bottle knowledge of my own!<br>
What have you found that seemed to work best with your little ones?<br>
Thank you, Thank you<br>
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Ihe only nipple that ever worked for my dd was the hospital issue Similac nipple. I brought in several different nipples to try her with before we left but nothing else would do! They gave me about 3 months supply to take home until I could find an alternative. After 2 months at home she refused any nipple except my own- I must have bought one of every type, brand, flow! To this day she chokes on a artificial nipple.<br><br>
Hope you have better luck!
 

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We used the standard NICU issue orthodontic nipples at the hospital and for a short while at home. I wish I'd even thought to ask about bringing something different, I didn't realize how bad those orthodontic nipples are for bfing (worse than the regular ones). At home I found that the First Years Breastflow bottles work really well (available at BabiesRUs). The nipple has two parts with a very soft, flexible outer nipple that seems to compress more like the breast (inside part keeps it from collapsing). The nipple isn't too long and my ds would get a nice big latch with jaw movement that looked like he was breastfeeding. I think this bottle helped with speed the transition to exclusive bfing. Good luck and hopefully you won't have to use bottles (or pump!) for too long.
 

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If you're goal is to exclusively breastfeed, I'd probably recommend the First Years Breastflow bottle (which is supposedly very close to breastfeeding) or Playtex NaturalLatch bottles - IMO, they look the most like the breast.<br><br>
Here's a web page I found on it: <a href="http://www.bfar.org/nipples.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.bfar.org/nipples.shtml</a><br><br>
With that said - my daughter currently takes the Evenflo crosscut nipple but will also latch onto my breast. Once she comes home I plan on switching her to the Playtex nipples.
 

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Ds took Avent bottles. I actually took one to the NICU for the nurses to use to feed him when I couldn't be there. He never had nipple confusion, but I lost my supply (deployed dh, no time to pump, ds had a weak suck, doc told me to take Sudafed, basically just a big mess!) and we went to frozen bm/formula at that point.
 

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Not the hospital kind, I'll tell you that. They are made by Ross most of the time BTW.<br><br>
Once I got DD home, and switched DD over to ADVENT nipples, we have had no problems with her going back and forth. She has been in day care almost the entire time, and has done just fine.<br><br>
Don't get the baby on too high a flow nipple, which the hospital ones are. A 1 or 2 level nipple works best with breast feeding, even once the baby is older.
 

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My 34 weeker really preferred the Avent nipple to the standard Ross nipple used in our NICU. Didn't discover this until we got her home. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: The Playtex Natural bottle is similar in style to the Avent and DD likes those, but we found that even their slow flow nipple was too fast for DD and she would choke. She does well with the Avent newborn nipple, which is supposed to be one of the slowest flow nipples out there.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you're goal is to exclusively breastfeed, I'd probably recommend the First Years Breastflow bottle (which is supposedly very close to breastfeeding) or Playtex NaturalLatch bottles - IMO, they look the most like the breast.<br><br>
Here's a web page I found on it: <a href="http://www.bfar.org/nipples.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.bfar.org/nipples.shtml</a><br><br>
With that said - my daughter currently takes the Evenflo crosscut nipple but will also latch onto my breast. Once she comes home I plan on switching her to the Playtex nipples.</div>
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Great website info! Thanx
 

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Our LC recommended the Platex Natural Latch and he's done well with those....we're still working on breastfeeding though....goodness I hate pumping and washing and bottling and washing!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Our LC recommended the Platex Natural Latch and he's done well with those....we're still working on breastfeeding though....goodness I hate pumping and washing and bottling and washing!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Although I am thankful for my pump . . I CANNOT wait to blow that puppy up when it is all said and done! I've been pumping and washing since 8.20.06 when Enzo was born. . .I so hear you mama
 

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My NICU specifically had in their policies to not do finger feeding, or cup feeding. Gavage was it, unless bottle basically. It was tough for me to attempt BF because of the rules, etc. A nurse finger fed DD, and DD loved it, but nurse was new and did not know the rules and got into trouble.
 

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Actually I've just made it clear (hopefully) today to do no bottle feeds and to stick with the gavage unless I am there to work on the breastfeeding. I believe the other day when he took an entire feeding from the nurse with an advent bottle so wore him out and confused him. Later that day getting him to latch on took more work than usual. It was very frustrating for both of us. Nurses keep telling me that there won't be any confusion. But come on, there's got to be right? I am now strongly advacating strictly breast and gavage for a little while at least.
 

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For me, i tried my best to stay away from bottles for my 34wk old but attempts at cup feeding, eye dropper, SNS, were all futile and frustrating.<br>
I finally gave into the bottle, and she started to gain weight and did great. Now she is exclusively breastfeeding but with a nipple shield (it's almost 3 months now). It took 2 months to get to exclusive breast but there really wasn't nipple confusion I think. For my baby, I think she was so "out of it" in the early weeks I don't think she knew the differences between the nipples. That was my mommy sense, but you might feel differently about your baby.<br><br>
BTW I started with the hospital nipples, then I did Avent, then I moved to playtex naturalatch which I also heard were most like nipples, and then moved to the breast.
 

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my smaller twin couldn't use the avent nipples at all they were too big for his little mouth. We ended up using the regualr dr browns bottles for the until they were almost 2 months old then we switched to avent and wide neck dr browns.<br>
We haven't had any trouble bf to speak of. They did come home mostly ff but now the are mostly bf. My dh does "the night shift" so they get bottles then.<br>
I don't know if it made a diffrence or not but I didn't give them bottles only bf (I think I've given them 2 bottles total) that way they'd associate me with the breast.<br>
Ditto that the nicu nipples are faster than the avent or dr browns level 1 nipple
 

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We used the hospital nipples till about 8 weeks when her mouth was big enough to handle the natural latch nipples - we did 2 weeks on then and then steight to the breast with no further issues. dd had an exteamly small mouth and I have large nipples- so it took till she was almost 10lb before her mouth was big enough
 
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