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Is it true that if I breastfeed, it will be harder to bottle feed later on or be an option?
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: No
A hungry baby won't reject food for long.
....They may be picky or stubborn but eventually they learn.

In brief: No
A hungry baby won't reject food for long.
....They may be picky or stubborn but eventually they learn.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Maybe
Totally breast fed kids will often make it difficult for their mom to get a break.
Bottle refusal can be overcome sometimes if you have someone else offer one while they are hungry, with you out of the room.If baby can smell you they want the real thing. I find it good to have dad offer a bottle occasionally after your milk is in to avoid any problems if you need to be gone for a while.

In brief: Maybe
Totally breast fed kids will often make it difficult for their mom to get a break.
Bottle refusal can be overcome sometimes if you have someone else offer one while they are hungry, with you out of the room.If baby can smell you they want the real thing. I find it good to have dad offer a bottle occasionally after your milk is in to avoid any problems if you need to be gone for a while.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
In brief: No
A baby that is hungry will tend to take a bottle easily enough.
There are rare babies who resist, but most do not. Remember however that breastfeeding of infants is still by far the best source of infantile nutrition and the bottle should be the last resort.And if possible, pumped breast milk is preferable to formula.

In brief: No
A baby that is hungry will tend to take a bottle easily enough.
There are rare babies who resist, but most do not. Remember however that breastfeeding of infants is still by far the best source of infantile nutrition and the bottle should be the last resort.And if possible, pumped breast milk is preferable to formula.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Many breastfed babies initially resist taking a bottle: understandably, they prefer the familiar taste of a mother's milk, as well as her warmth, attention, and cuddling, over..
.Plastic! all babies can take a bottle, and they always will if you're persistent. In the final analysis, the benefits of breastfeeding are so great that this temporary, surmountable concern shouldn't deter anyone.

In brief: Yes
Many breastfed babies initially resist taking a bottle: understandably, they prefer the familiar taste of a mother's milk, as well as her warmth, attention, and cuddling, over..
.Plastic! all babies can take a bottle, and they always will if you're persistent. In the final analysis, the benefits of breastfeeding are so great that this temporary, surmountable concern shouldn't deter anyone.
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
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In brief: No
Babies jump to bottlefeeding very readily, which perhaps isn't a good thing.
Going from breast to bottle is easy, bottle to breast may be more difficult. Breastfeeding requires a lot more effort on the baby's part! the amount of energy a baby must expend to get milk from a bottle is a lot less!

In brief: No
Babies jump to bottlefeeding very readily, which perhaps isn't a good thing.
Going from breast to bottle is easy, bottle to breast may be more difficult. Breastfeeding requires a lot more effort on the baby's part! the amount of energy a baby must expend to get milk from a bottle is a lot less!
Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
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