Breastfeeding: Amazing Tips When Introducing The Bottle?

Breastfeeding from a bottle is not always easy for all babies

Hello Mamas! We are going to learn about when it is a good time to introduce a bottle to your baby. Most professionals recommend that

once breastfeeding is going well, your baby can begin drinking your breast milk from a bottle. You should avoid bottle feeding your baby if there are any problems with nursing at your breast because it can confuse your baby and increase the breastfeeding difficulties.

Many babies prefer drinking from certain bottles and nipples; you may need to try a few brands before you discover your baby’s preference. There are many options for nipple size and shape. The flow rate is determined by the size of the hole at the tip of the nipple; the slower flow bottles have a smaller hole. It is best to start with the slow flow (smallest hole).

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It’s Just A Small Developmental Step Which Will Pass

Early success isn’t necessarily an ironclad guarantee that your baby will always take a bottle. Many babies who have been getting bottles all along suddenly decide they simply prefer breastfeeding and don’t want a bottle anymore. And why not? Breastfeeding is warm, cozy, and involves their favorite person – Mom.

But don’t worry: For most babies, this is just a short-lived developmental step. If your baby suddenly refuses to take a bottle, talk to your child’s doctor to rule out a medical reason then try reintroducing it at another time.

Best Tips to introduce the bottle to a breastfed baby

Sucking milk from a bottle requires different mouth and tongue movements than breastfeeding, so it may take your baby a little time to get used to the change. Try these tips for a smooth transition:

To introduce the bottle it’s best to hold baby in an upright, almost sitting position that is similar to your sitting position. Hold the warmed bottle at an angle tilted just enough to fill the nipple. This tilt allows baby to keep control of when and how fast the milk comes.

When Do I Begin Introducing The Bottle?

 Begin introducing the bottle 1-2 weeks before you return to work or school. Your baby will need time to learn this new skill.

If you are returning to work or school, plan ahead and do a trial run or rehearsal of the new routine. Plan to leave your baby for 1-2 hours before you go back. Head to the grocery store or gym and leave your baby with the chosen caregiver. You can return early if you need to, but this helps you and your baby prepare for the new routine.

Your baby may not eat very much when you aren’t home and may begin waking more frequently at night if you’re apart all day. Don’t be surprised if this happens, and just take advantage of these quiet and intimate times to reconnect with your baby

  • Avoid wearing your baby in a sling at this time. This will make the little star clingy for feedings. No skin to skin contact should be allowed.
  • Continue breastfeeding as often as you can, and pump only when needed. Nursing your baby stimulates your body to produce more milk, so putting your baby to the breast keeps your milk supply strong.
  • Offer him a bottle in the evening after his regular feeding to get him used to the nipple. Start with a small amount of breast milk – about half an ounce. If she sucks on a latex pacifier, use a latex bottle nipple (rather than a silicone one) and vice versa. Warm the nipple with water to make it feel more appealing.
  • Try paced (or responsive, or cue-based) feeding, which mimics breastfeeding. Use a slow-flow nipple, keep the bottle horizontal, pause frequently during feedings, switch sides as you would when breastfeeding, and stop feeding your baby when he shows signs of being full.
  • Let someone else feed him the first bottle. If you try to give your baby his first bottle, he may wonder why he’s not getting your breast. He may be less confused if someone else makes the introduction. Ask your mother, your partner, a childcare provider, or a friend to help.
  • Try to be out of the house. A baby can smell his mother, even from a distance, so he may know that you (and your breasts) are just in the next room.
  • Try letting your partner feed baby.

Suggestions For The Resistant Baby

Not all babies will willfully take a bottle. Here are some things you can try. I hope some of them work for you:

  • Try some breast milk on the nipple. When your baby tastes it, she may start sucking to get more. (Don’t use honey, which can cause infant botulism in children younger than 12 months.)
  • Let your baby play with the nipple so she can familiarize herself with it. If she just chews on it, let her for now. She may actually start sucking on it soon.
  • Hold her in a different position: Put her in an infant or car seat so she is semi-upright, and then feed her the bottle while facing her. Or try feeding her on your lap with her back to your chest. Once she is used to taking a bottle, you can hold her as you usually would for feedings.
  • Try different temperatures. It could be your baby prefers her milk slightly warmer or colder than you’ve been giving it to her. Experiment with different temperatures to see what she prefers. You might also see if there’s a difference between giving her fresh milk or milk that’s been frozen.
  • Offer the bottle at other times of day. If your baby won’t take the bottle during the day, try offering it during a nighttime feeding or vice versa.

What To Do If My Baby Is Really Not Cooperating?

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Remember Mama, your baby needs time to get used to new sensations, so stick with the same nipple, bottle, and feeding technique for a while before trying something new. Constantly changing the feeding position or switching out new nipples may just end up confusing (and frustrating) him.

Make sure you have lots of time to take it slow during this process. If your baby starts crying and pushes the bottle away, back off, comfort him, and then try again. If you’ve tried offering the bottle and your baby has refused three times, let it go for now. (Wait at least five minutes before breastfeeding – that way he won’t associate refusing the bottle with immediate gratification.)

Offer the bottle again in an hour or two, when your baby is alert and receptive but not seriously hungry.

What If I Want To Wean My Baby Off The Breast?

Congratulations! if you’ve decided to wean your baby, or to nurse only before and after work, you deserve congratulations and support for having given your baby weeks or months of breast milk. Just be sure that your baby gets the same one-on-one, physically nurturing and affectionate time with you during bottle-feeding that she did with breastfeeding. For more information on easing this transition, see our article on how to wean your baby.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope your weaning is successful. Be patient and remember it is only a developmental step towards a greater goal. As you go through the process ask God to help you and have faith that you will get what you have asked. Visit again and like my post.I would like to hear from you. Comment if you like.

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