Tips for Bottle Feeding a Breastfed Baby
Use the Right Bottle
It may sound silly, but there are a lot of ways to mimic breastfeeding while bottle feeding.
Most breastfed babies feed on cue and not on a schedule. Do the same when bottle feeding the breastfeed baby. Feeding cues include rooting, sucking on hands, waking up, restlessness, and crying.
Feed the baby until satiated, not until the bottle is finished. If the baby falls asleep before finishing the bottle, let that baby sleep! You don’t know how much a breastfed baby is eating, you let them eat until full. Do the same when bottle feeding your breastfed baby.
Don’t Push the Nipple into the Baby’s Mouth
It’s tempting to push the nipple in and make the baby eat, right? Don’t do that! Instead, let the baby draw the nipple in itself. You can tickle the babies bottom lip with the nipple to get them to open wide and latch.
It’s tempting to think that your baby won’t eat if you don’t feed him. Rest assured that a hungry baby will eat if offered milk they like in a bottle that works for them.
Babies have been drinking about of bottles for generations. I know that it can be hard for an exclusively breastfeeding mom to let her baby drink from a bottle, but it might be necessary. If it becomes necessary for you, just remember that your baby will survive and he will eat when he gets hungry enough. When you get home, you can bring your baby back to the breast and keep going strong in your breastfeeding journey.
Reasons to Love Philips Avent
Philips Avent has made my life so much easier. It’s the bottle that saved my sanity when we had to drive 20 hours with a 4 day old baby. It’s also the bottle that allowed me to go to a conference when my baby was only 3 months old. As a work from home breastfeeding mama, I enjoy breastfeeding on demand, but I also have to feel comfortable leaving my baby with a bottle when I have work related events. Philips Avent has given me peace of mind every time I can’t physically nurse Max.
What are your favorite tips for bottle feeding a breastfed baby?