on Offering Bottles
When offering the bottle, it's often best to offer a small amount,
1/2 to 1 oz of breastmilk, at a time when the baby isn't too hungry.
Offer the bottle in a low key way. Encourage baby to open wide for
the bottle like he should be for the breast by stroking his lips from
nose to chin with the nipple, until he opens, then gently allow him
to accept the bottle into his mouth and allow the milk to flow into
Here are things that have worked for other moms:
else besides mom give the bottle. Baby associates mom with the
pleasure of nursing, and will often hold out for the real thing.
Mom may need to be out of the room, or even out of the house.
the bottle when baby is not very hungry.
bottle in a piece of mom's clothing (or a diaper, men's hankie,
or hand towel that you have slept with ), so that it smells
of pushing the bottle into baby's mouth, try laying it near
his mouth and allow him to pull it in himself. Or, tickle baby's
mouth with the bottle nipple to get him to draw it in.
different temperatures when offering the milk - some babies
will take it cold, others barely warm, and still others prefer
it VERY warm (but not hot of course)
water over the bottle nipple to bring it up to body temperature.
If baby is teething, cooling the nipple in the refrigerator
bottle nipples to find a shape and substance (rubber or silicone)
baby will accept.
feeding positions. Different babies prefer the nursing position,
sitting propped up on caregiver's legs (like sitting in an infant
seat), or being held facing out with baby's back against caregiver's
the bottle while moving rhythmically: rocking, walking or swaying
side to side. Some babies who refuse a bottle at other times
will take one when riding in a car seat.
bottle to baby when he's sleeping.
to try other methods of feeding: sippy cup, regular cup, spoon,
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