Breastfeeding from a Bottle


There was an interesting discussion, "I Pump—So What?", going on in the Breastfeeding Moms group about breastfeeding exclusively from a bottle. (It's a private group that you have to join.) For various reasons (health, work, comfort), a lot of women express milk and then feed their babies from a bottle rather than nursing them. Some of the women that give their babies breast milk this way, felt they were being criticized by other breastfeeding moms.

But according to "Breast-free Breastfeeding," a recent article on, feeding baby breast milk from a bottle is growing in popularity. More and more moms are feeding their babies breast milk exclusively, but never "straight from the tap," so to speak. And moms who pump are trying to do what they think is the best thing for their babies (as we all are), but they often get very little support.

"Women who have only nursed their children can have a hard time understanding exclusive pumping, which many see as an overly mechanized chore to achieve a natural end," writes Kate Tuttle. "Others, including husbands and relatives, urge these women to use formula rather than embark on a grueling pumping schedule. Even doctors may be less supportive of pumpers, who nevertheless feel they're making a medically responsible choice."

Ruth Lawrence, M.D., one of the doctors interviewed, says, "I would opt for breast milk in a bottle rather than no breast milk at all." But then she goes on to list some of the reasons "drinking pumped breast milk from a bottle is considerably different from nursing." You can take a look at the article if you're interested.

Are you a breast-free breastfeeder? What's your take?



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Samy2184 Samy2184

I have a 4 month old that isn't given a bottle very much, one day a week. The problem is now he is rejecting the bottle and wont take it and will only nurse. I can't be with him all the time and will be leaving in a few months for a week. He will stay home with his father. How can I get him to take the bottle and the breast at the same time. Is there anything I can do?

sodapple sodapple

i breastfeed and sometimes i pump and i don't see nothing wrong with it, i do see the chalenges that those moms may face when it comes to take some time aside to pump and make sure there's enough for the baby.  knowing that the milk is there on demand when the baby needs it is much better and less luggage to carry around.

white... whitebreads

I know this article is old but the people that posted the minute nutritional differnces on why breast is better than pumping--I hope you realize people like YOU are the problem. Your really kind of being assholes. It's like your giving backhanded compliments 'its ok...but....'.You know woman in this situation dobt always have a choice and listing reasons to cite why the alternative is less than ideal is really classless and rude. Way to tear down your fellow woman. Breastfeeding is breastfeeding REGARDLESS OF THE VESSEL. I'm so damn sick.of all you breastfeeding purists nazis.

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