6 Top tips on getting a breastfed baby to take a bottle

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6 Top tips on getting a breastfed baby to take a bottle

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We have put together the 6 top tips we've received from our kind community on getting a breastfed baby to take a bottle.
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1. Switch back and forth between breastfeeding and bottle feeding You give your baby the best chance at developing their feeding skills if you regularly switch between bottle and breast in the midst of feedings.
2. Try giving the bottle when your baby is waking up No matter the time of day, babies are more likely to take a bottle when they’re just waking up. The instinct to eat takes over when babies are still a little sleepy. Don’t let your baby get overly hungry before feeding. That can result in fussiness and crying (a late feeding cue), and make it harder to initiate feeding either by bottle or breast.
3. Create a relaxing environment each time you offer the bottle Play soft, calming music – like classical or folk. Sit down someplace where you can gently rock back and forth.
And swaddle your baby with their hands near their face. Having a quiet, dark room with few distractions can help, too.
4. Have a family member other than mom offer the bottle whenever possible. Each person will hold your baby a little bit differently for feedings. When your little one can get used to these differences early, it helps them learn how to adjust their posture so it’s less likely to be an issue when their sucking reflex becomes voluntary.
5. Try giving your baby a different type of bottle or nipple Sometimes, the solution to bottle-feeding problems is as simple as finding the right bottle or nipple. While there are nipple levels associated with age, every baby has their own feeding style, which may not match their age or size. There are many different nipple and bottle types out there – trying to figure out the best choice can be an overwhelming process. Finding the right fit is something that your baby’s doctor or a lactation specialist can help you with.
6. Experiment with the baby’s bottle-feeding position Your baby may also prefer to eat while in a certain position, which typically differs from breastfeeding positions. Try different angles and placements to see if there is one they favor.

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