Book Recommendation: Balancing Breast and Bottle (and a GIVEAWAY!)

For many breastfeeding families, bottles are a regular part of their feeding routine. Whether the mother has returned to work, other caregivers are participating in the feeding, or the baby has challenges that make feeding directly at the breast difficult, being aware of how to feed an infant from a bottle is an important skill.

Amy Peterson, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Mindy Harmer, a Speech Language Pathologist, wrote an excellent book entitled Balancing Breast & Bottle: Reaching Your Breastfeeding Goals specifically for these families who have healthy infants without any oral differences such as tongue tie or cleft palate. They have extensive experience in this area and have worked together for many years to provide support for families.

Amy and Mindy recognized that there was very little information available for breastfeeding mothers who were also using a bottle except what came from the bottle companies themselves. They set out to write a definitive guide. Much too often in our culture, parents believe that using a bottle means that the breastfeeding relationship must END and that it must be an “either/or” situation. Fortunately, the authors give an incredible amount of hope and guidance to these families.

How to Choose A Bottle

Amy and Mindy make a number of recommendations about how to find the best bottle and nipple for your particular baby. They completely embrace the belief that every baby is unique and different. Because of this, no one is able to make a “one size fits all” recommendation for the BEST bottle and nipple for a breastfed baby. Don’t be fooled by advertising that says that a particular feeding system is “most like breastfeeding”. It is vital that a family look at their particular baby, the way they suck, and how they attach to the breast. This will help to determine what is best for their little one. Things like nipple shape, flow, and the type of (or lack of) venting system can all impact the way a baby takes a bottle. The book is full of excellent information and insight to help families choose the best bottle and nipple for their baby.

The SIMPLE Method

The book’s authors do an great job of gathering all the necessary information and breaking it down in an understandable way. One of the best parts of their book is their SIMPLE Method. This is a method that helps parents to know the various steps in choosing and using a bottle for their baby. Each step, which include things like selecting a nipple and helping the baby to maintain a wide latch, is important and, with this acronym, easy to remember! Check out the book for more of the steps!

One of the reasons that I find this so important for parents (especially those reading this blog because many of you are pumping!) is that, if we are removing milk from our breasts, we need also to be mindful of how that milk gets to the baby. All too often we don’t think critically about how to feed babies in a way that not only gets them the nutrition they need but also is aware of their breathing, their sucking, and their swallowing. The SIMPLE Method allows parents a structure that makes them aware of exactly how the baby is doing with the bottle.

Balancing Breast & Bottle: Reaching Your Breastfeeding Goals by Amy Peterson and Mindy Harmer is an excellent addition to your parenting library. They have a common sense approach that believes that “You Can Do It” and gives you the tools to make breastfeeding AND bottle feeding your baby possible.

Would you like to own your own copy of Balancing Breast & Bottle: Reaching Your Breastfeeding Goals?

The book’s authors have agreed to GIVE AWAY one free copy to one of our readers. You may enter by leaving a comment below between now and February 28, 2013 and a winner will be chosen in the first week of March!

If you’d like your own copy of Balancing Breast & Bottle: Reaching Your Breastfeeding Goals, you can order your own copy HERE.

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89 Responses to “Book Recommendation: Balancing Breast and Bottle (and a GIVEAWAY!)”

  1. Katie Pitcher February 18, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    This book sounds helpful. Never did find a bottle that my daughter took easily. Would love to read this before I have to go back to work and give my son bottles.

  2. Teglene Ryan February 18, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    This book is at the top of my wish list!

  3. Meg Griswold February 18, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    I had to muddle through this process all by myself and figure it out by trial and error. I am so glad that this book will help new working moms and any moms who want to use bottles! What a great resource.

  4. Hattie February 18, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    I have gone through so many bottle/nipple combos. Trying to find a slow flow nipple and wide nipple….. And hearing from grandparents how my baby needs a faster one because of age alone. Would love this book!

  5. Kathryn Larkin February 18, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    This book sounds great! I am definitely interested in reading it

  6. Jennifer Martir February 18, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    I’m always looking for resources to help my baby when I return to work!

  7. April February 18, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    I would love to win this for my sister who has to return back to work after having her baby!!!

  8. Shirley Hernandez February 18, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    I would love to receive a copy of this book. We winged it the last time when I had to return to work while our little one was only a month old. We did alright, but it would be nice to get some pointers from experienced experts. Thank you!

  9. Alyssa norman February 18, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    this would be great to read.. Have never had luck find a bottle my kids liked

  10. Jamie Jackson February 18, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    I am dying to have a copy of this for my lending library for doula clients. This is such an important topic. Also, I had to balance bottle- and breast-feeding myself due to low milk supply. I fumbled through it and got very lucky in many ways and am still breast-feeding my 24-month-old. But I really wish I had had this resource!

  11. Alicia Vollmers February 18, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    This book sounds great!! I would love to check this book out to find out tips for picking a bottle and a nipple that will work for my little one.

  12. Daniela Warrner February 18, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    This book would be extremely helpful for me now. My daughter only takes bottles while I am at work but refuses to take them when I am around.

  13. Rachel Bertram February 18, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    I am a first time Mom, breastfeeding and pumping/bottle feeding. I think this book would be very helpful!

  14. joanna garcia February 18, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    i am in this mission now. My daughter will not drink my milk from a bottle! This book would be great!

  15. teresa herrera-honores February 18, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    I need this info because my baby will not take my milk from a bottle and i have tried numerous bottles.

  16. Melody February 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    I’m an IBCLC and have worked with moms returning to work or combining bottle use with breastfeeding for many years. For moms returning to work, too frequently I’ve found that they either don’t know where to go for information or begin preparing for returning to work much too late. This is a great resource!

  17. Erica February 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    What a great resource! It was really hard to choose bottles last time and not looking forward to that process again. Also, very interested in pumping and bottle feeding more to allow daddy to feed her too!

  18. Rachel February 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    We are getting nowhere with our bottle-feeding attempts and I have had to leave work to nurse my baby- and she’s only in her first week at day care. We need help and this book sounds like the perfect resource. I’m so glad there’s something for those of us committed to maintaining breastfeeding but who need bottles too!

  19. Jacquelyn February 18, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    This book sounds wonderful. I would love to give it a read sometime.

  20. Andraea Smith February 18, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    This book sounds so informative, I wish I would have had it with my first child. I look forward to trying to read it with my new little one who’s due anytime now :)

  21. Jenn M. Anderson, BA(MCH/LC), CD, IBCLC, RLC February 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Thank you for providing a much needed resource to professionals, moms, babies, and the community alike.

    As a mother with over 48.5 months of pumping experience and 49.5 months of direct nursing experience between my two angels (now 9 & 7 years).

    I had to return to work very early postpartum with both of my children, two weeks with full-time school and six weeks with full-time work.

    When you want to have credible information to “do the right thing”, you seek input from friends, family and professionals. But, there’s not always one answer.

    No cookie-cutter solution. Every mother/baby dyad is unique.

    I appreciate you providing this resource from an evidence-based perspective and IBCLC credential.

    Thank you!

    Jenn M. Anderson, BA(MCH/LC), CD, IBCLC, RLC
    Owner/Operator of Nurturing Miracles
    Non-Profit: Pregnancy Counseling, Peer Counseling, Social Service Referrals, Childbirth Education, Doula Services, Breastfeeding supplies, Breast pumps, Breastfeeding help, Lactation Consults, Mom’s Time Out Play Group

  22. Cheryl Dawn Marian, IBCLC, RLC February 19, 2013 at 6:02 am #

    I appreciate your wonderful resource helping mothers to make the right choice. I often refer to your book and tell moms to get it before their baby comes to get an idea of what bottles there are and why there is not a one size fits all solution.
    Thank you!

  23. Michelle February 19, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    I would love to read this book. We had a rough start to breastfeeding and had to pump and use a bottle in the beginning. We finally got nursing down and now I have to go back to work…. I would really hate for all our hard work to go by the wayside because of the bottle issue.

  24. Jessica Poppe, CD(DONA) February 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    I would love to have a copy of this book to read myself and to also have available in my lending library! How to navigate breastfeeding/bottle-feeding together is a question I get from moms all the time- thanks for this resource!

  25. Michelle Palma Zometa February 19, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    It would be great to recieve this resource! I struggled so much with my first that this would help me with my lg who just isnt fond of bottles and ill be going back to work full time very soon and need her eat while im away

  26. melissa kelly February 20, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    I am always asking others about how best to introduce a bottle and this book sounds like it will answer all my questions definitively. I don’t want to set myself back, and it would be invaluable to find an expert reference to educate myself, and to be able to also recommend to the many other moms in my mommy group who grapple with the same issues. Thank you!

  27. Melissa February 20, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    Adding this book to my wish list! Anything to help with pumping at work!

  28. Amanda Yeary February 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    I would love this book! I’m returning to work from maternity leave in a few weeks, and can use all the resources I can find on keeping my breastfeeding on track.

  29. Jennifer February 23, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    This sounds like an especially great book for first-time moms like me who are wanting To breast-feed But are concerned about the difficulties in returning to work.

  30. Mtn Harmony February 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    This book sounds helpful. I got my child to take a bottle, but it was only for a short time then he never would take it again. Would love to see what you have to say on bottles and breastfeeding. M

  31. Sophia February 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Would love to own a copy!

  32. samyra February 24, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    The confidence this type of book could help build in a nursing mom is tremendous.

  33. Kayla February 25, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    the book sound great!!!

  34. Natosha February 25, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    I would love to win this book. I have never done breastfeeding and a bottle before and this will help me with the transition. My youngest son would not drink milk from anything but his mom and we did that for 40 mos. with a new little one on the way and working 40 hrs I need to get this down to a science.

  35. Heather Giordano February 25, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    This book looks great. My daughter stopped nursing at 4.5 months and then again at 8 months and I am positive it was related to my return to work and her getting bottles. I hope to avoid this with my next child.

  36. Anna February 25, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    I will be returning to work soon and attempting to pump for the first time. This would be a great book to help me along.

  37. Sara J. February 25, 2013 at 7:23 am #

    I had to leave my job with my dd because she refused to eat from a bottle after 8 different bottles. I have another job and another on the way so I would love to have this book to help guide me in figuring this out (:

  38. Kimmie February 25, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    Would love to win this. This sounds like the perfect book for me as I was just thinking about this topic. Thank you!

  39. Emily Jennings February 25, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    This book sounds very helpful. I would love to have a copy to add to my parenting library! I lead a breastfeeding support group and would love to share it with the families I serve.

  40. Crystal February 25, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    Awesome giveaway!

  41. Deedee February 25, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    This is the book we’ve been searching for. After going back to work my daughter refused to take a bottle and reverse cycled. We’ve tried every bottle out there, but I feel like I’m missing something.

  42. Laura February 25, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    Thank you for educating people about breastfeeding

  43. Nadine February 25, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    I would love this book! I think it would be a great help =)

  44. Lisa February 25, 2013 at 7:47 am #

    great giveaway, would love to win this book!

  45. Melody Pritchard February 25, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    We are setting up a new baby feeding support group in our area, one that focuses on the well being of the family without judgement on breast, bottle, pumping or supplement feeding. This book would be a wonderful resource for the group and would benefit a variety of families. We would really love to have a copy, and appreciate the opportunity to win a book. Thank you. Melody and The Bridgewater Family Resource Centre.

  46. Kelly G February 25, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    My first daughter completely refused the breast and was bottle fed breast milk. My second daughter hates the bottle/pacifiers and is attached to me constantly! I would love to read this book so that it can maybe give me some ideas and to help me give my husband something to do!

  47. Jo February 25, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    I would love to have this book for future reference. My little one is 14 months now and accepted a bottle just fine. But we are planning for a second child, who might not be as accommodating as the first and I want to be prepared.

  48. Cassie February 25, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    Sounds like a great book! I’m going back to work soon and think this would be an excellent resource

  49. Brittany February 25, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    I would love to win a copy of this book! I have been struggling with pumping and nursing, this sounds like it would help me a lot!

  50. Erika K February 25, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    Great website, thanks to The Leaky Boob for the facebook post that sent me here.

  51. Beth February 25, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    My lil bird and I are doing both bottles and breast. At daycare, she gets bottles. When she is with me, only the breast. So, every evening and weekend, she is back to the breast. It has worked for the last month. Also, I make sure I do not use a bottle when I feed her – no confusion.

  52. Nicole February 25, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    What a great resource for moms returning to work! I would love a copy!

  53. Samantha Metko February 25, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    Have heard nothing but awesome reviews of the book, hoping to get one soon ;)

  54. Gemma February 25, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    I would love to have a read of this book as since the age of about 6 weeks my daughter started refusing bottles and it seems now that she doesn’t know what to do with them. We’ve tried lots of bottles and can’t seem to find one she will drink from. Would love some information about this!

  55. Denise R February 25, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    wow! i am amazed and happy to see this book exists…. i have been pumping at night so my hubby can feed my little boy a few times early morning allowing me to get a slightly linger section of consecutive sleep as we discovered i do not function well on less then a certain amount of sleep and that is no good for me or our baby. i do however always worry if i am messing something up by the way i do this or not and if i am causing some problems… he seems to in general still latch well for breastfeeding though… this would be soooo useful to me to have to learn from to make sure i am doing this the best way i can and the least damage to my son and my supply. This book would also be passed around friends of mine who also pump and breastfeed as I am all about sharing the knowledge. so happy to have found this book exists.

  56. Amy Phillips February 25, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    What a great resource! I’d love to have a copy.

  57. Jenny February 25, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    I had problems with supply, suspected breast hypoplasia, but not confirmed, I use primarily breast but also, a SNS and bottles.
    I would love a copy to see what is said about it and to share the knowledge with others.

  58. Nicole February 25, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    I would love to own a copy of this book. It would be so helpful as I get ready for my transition back to work.

  59. sabrin r February 25, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Due with my first May 8 and would love to have a copy. As much as people say they support breastfeeding, most really just want to give the baby a bottle to “help you out” or “let you rest”. So I would love a copy so that when I’m sure my supply is solidly established I can give a select few (mostly hubby though) the opportunity to feed the baby my milk in a bottle.

  60. Anna February 25, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    I would love to have this book as I am going back to work. I know many moms in my moms group who would love to read this as well. I promise I’ll share!

  61. Kelly S February 25, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    I’d love to win this book. My maternity leave is ending soon and I’ll have to go back to work. :(

  62. Joanne February 25, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    I wish that I had read this book before I started my breastfeeding journey. I think that this is a wonderful resource for working moms and I would be excited to read it!

  63. Andrea Traves February 25, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    This book looks extremely helpful! I am a SAHM and exclusively breast feed my DD. My inlaws have a terrible time getting her to take a bottle when they watch her. I would be very interested in reading this!

  64. Susan B February 25, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Good to have sound advice when exclusive breastfeeding isn’t an option.

  65. Rachele February 25, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    This would be a great resource to have!

  66. Christine February 25, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    The book will be very helpful for many woman! I’m headding back to work soon and will be balancing breast & bottle feeding.

  67. Rachel February 25, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    As a working/pumping mom of a wee one and a soon-to-be SLP and IBCLC this book would be an Ana unc resource for me both personally and professionally. Hoping to win so I can not only read if myself but share it with other moms as well!

  68. Amelia B February 25, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    We have a mom’s support group at work and i’d love to add this to our “lending library”.

  69. Jacqi GLenn February 25, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    I am so glad to see this! I had this underlying fear that bottle feeding (because I had to go back to work) was somehow going to keep us from reaching our breastfeeding goal of my LO self-weaning. I can’t wait to read this book.

  70. K.Nicole February 25, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Totally interested in reading this book. I go back to work in 2 weeks and so far have only fed my baby from the breast, so I’m a little worried about how he’ll take the bottle. My husband and I are going to start practicing this week with him feeding him one bottle in the evening when he gets home from work.

  71. Kirsty February 25, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    Would love a copy as this is something we’ll have to consider soon.

  72. Sonja February 25, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    I’d love a copy of the book for our (wic) office!

  73. Laura D February 25, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    I’d love to have this book, since I work and we have to go back and forth between breast and bottle.

  74. Vanessa February 25, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    I would love to have a copy of this book!

  75. Marina February 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    This is brilliant. As a first time mom, I’m terrified of what will happen when I breast feed, or if I will be able to sustain it, or if meddling family members will interfere… The list goes on and on!

  76. Suzy Ong February 25, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    I would love this books as I am going back to work in 8 weeks and I have only just started pumping! I am going to breasfeed as much as possible, but Grandma is going to have to give bottles while I’m at work, and maybe hubby can do a midnight feed every now and again!!

  77. Christine February 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    I’m transitioning from being home with my almost 4 month old to going back to working 24 hour shifts as a firefighter. Any help transitioning from breast to bottle would be welcome!

  78. Jessica February 25, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    My baby is 18 weeks and still not thrilled about the bottle. Would love to read this book.

  79. Jennifer February 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    I’m freaking out about going back to work. My 3 month old little girl flat out refuses all the bottles so far, from all the ppl that have tried whether I am in the house or not, worn my clothes… You name it we tried… I’ll have to find this book either way!

  80. Lorianne February 25, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    I would love to win this book because my 3 month old has trouble nursing somedays. He received his immunizations a few days ago and typically he only wants a bottle. I want to be sure I can keep up my milk supply and have him not get frustrated nursing.

  81. Lisa Capellan February 26, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    I could definitely use this book! I am back to work and pumping at work and giving bottles as well as supplementing formula for my 4 month old. I fear I have low supply do to being back at work and am afraid we will have to stop breastfeeding before we would like.

  82. Kelly Jo February 27, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    This book looks like a great resource. It’s truly surprising that this research and info hasn’t been compiled before!

  83. Catherine February 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    I would love to get this book. I just ran into not producing enough milk. Went from 5 bottles to barely one. I had to take sick leave due to not having a stored supply. Would love to read and see what I’m possibly missing.

  84. Brandie February 27, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    I would love to have this book. My biggest fear is getting the breast feeding and intro the bottle thing right when our little one arrives. I’m nervous and need help, please!

  85. Molly February 28, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Oh this book would be so wonderful to have as a great resource. I am having my first child in end of April and am so looking forward to breastfeeding! I just happen to come across this site today, the last day to enter. :) Would love to win!

  86. Michelle A. February 28, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    I would love the book! Thanks for the chance to get it.

  87. Alyse February 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Would love to read this book!

  88. Christine March 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    I would love to read this book – great resource!

  89. Melissa March 8, 2013 at 5:53 am #

    Yes please! So far my baby seems to do best with the Nuk bottle, but I’d love to get more info about how to choose.