Introducing Bottle Feeding
I'd like to occasionally feed my baby breastmilk from a bottle. Do you have suggestions?
The right time to introduce your little one to a bottle is only after breastfeeding is going well and your baby is around 4 weeks old. If your baby is having feeding problems, particularly with latching-on, it’s best to avoid any bottle-feeding until she’s breastfeeding easily. Switching from breast to bottle too early may confuse a young baby because bottle-feeding requires a completely different sucking pattern.
Give the bottle
Feed your baby expressed breastmilk in a bottle once a day or every other day. If your baby is 2 months and older, it may be difficult for her to accept bottle-feeding because she has become used to breastfeeding.
In this case, another person such as Dad or a relative may need to lend a hand. Your baby knows you and can easily sense your skin and touch as well as your presence. Some mothers may need to leave the room while another person bottle-feeds the baby. Be patient and calm. Try bottle-feeding your baby when she’s not hungry and somewhat sleepy so she will be more apt to take a bottle.
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