Breast to bottle

Josephine - posted on 08/13/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My little man is 3 months old and has been strictly breast fed. Now I have to go back to work. How do I get him to take a bottle?

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Brandi - posted on 08/13/2009

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When I went back to work I decided to continue breastfeeding therefore had to get her used to going back and forth between breast and bottle. We started with one bottle feeding a day and it took a couple days for her to accept. She eventually did and it worked out ok, she will now take one or two bottles a day and breastfeed the other times.

Crystal - posted on 08/13/2009

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Let someone else do it the first time. It would help if he can't see you or smell you.

Eirini - posted on 08/13/2009

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My son loved the Playtex dropins slow flow nipples.. they are more for breastfeeding children and I found it helpful that the sooner you introduce things the quicker they take try introducing the bottle a couple of times throughout the day so he gets used to the idea and dont wait till he gets very hungry and crys because he will refuse the idea right away... try feeding first from one breast then before you switch over to the other breast give him the bottle then pump from the breast that he did not eat from. Also you can let someone else feed him from the bottle starting out...because when they are close to you then tend to go strait for the breast and refuse anything else...hope this was helpful...good luck!

Joy - posted on 08/13/2009

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I give my little guy a bottle once a day so he knows it...the nipple I found the best is playtex with the drop in liners. The outside of the nipple part butts up against his lips just like a breast so he is less confused. I also find walking/rocking while you feed him..keeps him calm. Hope this helps!

Kathy - posted on 08/13/2009

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I like to start the transition by letting my husband (just not me) do the bottle feedings. I felt like it was less confusing since you tend to hold the baby very close to the breast when bottle feeding. It also gave my husband some nice bonding time.

Elisabeth - posted on 08/13/2009

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start giving a bottle to him everyday at least once a day before you go back to work! try nipples that look flat and weird (my son only took evenflo nipples) and have your milk warm. don't give up! he will eat when he is hungry. he will not starve! eventually he will learn how to take a bottle.

Melissa - posted on 08/13/2009

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When I transitioned my first guy I was very careful to make sure the bottle was at the same temperature as my breastmilk was. I had to try a few different bottles, but ended up using the playtex nurser type with a slow flow (stage one) nipple. I would hold him very close, in nursing position and it took a while, but worked. Some say it might be easier to have someone else feed him the bottle right from the beginning so he isn't so attached to the idea that breast is an option with you. This seems to work for most, I never really tried it though. Good luck!

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