5 tips on how to introduce a bottle.
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When you first introduce a bottle to your baby it’s a big deal! From finding the right nipple top your baby likes, to if the bottle needs to be anti-colic or not. It’s trial and error. I have five useful tips here for you today that will hopefully help you along your journey of finding the perfect bottle and introducing the bottle to your baby. If you have any additional tips, leave them in the comments below for fellow parents to read!
Make Sure YOU’RE ready to make the switch or introduction:
Every parent has their reasons for wanting to bottle feed their little one. When my son was little his latch hurt so much after constantly correcting, I tried nipple shields, seeing a lactation consultant, you name it! I decided to exclusively pump for my son when he was around 8 weeks old because of the latch constant issue and I was becoming exhausted and upset. I felt alone in the battle until I found out I could exclusively pump! I went strong for 18 months pumping for my son until I was 18 weeks pregnant with my second. If you are returning to work and need to introduce a bottle regardless, start introduction at least two weeks prior to retuning to work to make the transition a lot easier for the adjust. Make it gradual.
Offer baby a bottle in the evening after their regular feed.
When I started to transition my son to get him used to the nipple, I started with a small amount of breast milk, about half an ounce and gradually increased over time. Using a slow flow nipple was best for my son, even when he first started it was still a little much since feeding from a bottle and feeding from the breast are different mouth and tongue movements. We immediately tried Philips Avent and Lucas took to them so we had no trouble looking for the perfect bottle. We also went to the anti-colic bottles which you can find my blog post on those bottles here.
Let someone else feed him the first bottle.
If you try to give your baby their first bottle, they may wonder why he or she is not getting your breast. They may be less confused if someone else makes the introduction instead. Ask your mother, your partner, a childcare provider, or a friend to help. I had my husband feed him first with the bottle. It was definitely a heartwarming milestone for me to watch my husband feed our son for the first time. If your baby still doesn’t take to the bottle, it’s okay!
Try to be out of the house.
Babies have super senses. They can smell their mother, even from a distance, so they may know that you are just in the next room! Isn’t that crazy!
Slowly drop nursing sessions
When slowing down on nursing be sure to keep your supply going with a breast pump! I loved my Philips Avent Double Electric, you can find that blog post right here. I’ve always been recommended to slow the nursing sessions in the morning/during the day because it is harder for babies to drop their night nursing sessions.
I hope these helpful tips will ease the introduction process for you and your little one. These tips helped me when I transitioned my son so I hope they help you!