When you’ve been breastfeeding baby since day 1, it can be a challenge to get baby to take a bottle when you need to. When moms head off to work or are leaving baby with a sitter or family member, baby has no choice but to be bottle-fed. So what can you do when your baby refuses the bottle? Here are some tips you can try with your baby and it’s definitely recommended to try these out as practice before you really have to leave baby so you can feel confident that when that time comes, baby will be ready for a bottle-feeding.
1. Step away
This can be incredibly hard if it’s your first time away from the baby, but it’s recommended that mom leaves the room or steps out of the house completely before anyone else tries to bottle-feed baby. This can make all the difference in getting your child to take a bottle from someone else.
2. Break the breastfeeding connection
To make it easy for baby to take a bottle, it needs to be established as completely separate from breastfeeding. This might mean bottle-feeding with the lights on if you usually breastfeed in the dark, or even changing baby’s position to face away from the person who’s feeding her.
3. Choose the right bottle
For some babies, the opposite of the last tip will work better for them. This means they will only take the bottle if it reminds them of breastfeeding. There are different bottles out there that will resemble mom’s breast and the type of nipple can also make a huge difference so test out different bottles/nipples to see what your baby likes.
4. Get the right temperature
Mom’s milk is warm and baby might drink from a warm bottle right after it’s been heated up but if he suddenly stops drinking from the bottle, it may be because it’s no longer the warm temperature that he likes. You may need to stop and reheat the bottle to bring it back to the right temperature.
Try to find when is the right time to give baby a bottle. Babies prefer to breastfeed at night because of the comfort it brings them so it may be easier to try bottle-feeding during the daytime at first. Then you can also try the method of distraction – offer baby the bottle when he is busy looking at the TV or out the window or even on a walk outside.
6. Mom’s scent
Another tip you can try is to leave your child’s caregiver with a worn t-shirt of yours that has not been washed so it still holds mom’s scent. The caregiver can place the t-shirt over the shoulder and hold the bottle against it and feed baby like this so baby is comforted and reminded of breastfeeding.
Written by Cindy Perry, Inventor of the pello, Luxe Floor Pillows
Cindy, a Texas girl, put herself through college working at a children’s library and sewing at night. When she met her husband and had her two boys, she decided to stay home to care for them while designing window treatments and bedding.
When Cindy’s first son was learning to sit up, he would always fall through the pillows she set around him, hit his head, and cry. Besides, setting her child down on the hardwood floors on just a blanket always seemed so cold. Using her years of sewing and design skills, Cindy took inspiration from a woman in her breastfeeding class and got to work. With some scrap fabric and a few tweaks, pello was born! pello is a luxe floor pillow that helps children feel safe, warm and protected.
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