Breast to Bottle

Stephannie - posted on 12/04/2008 ( 3 moms have responded )




Do any of you have any information to help me get my baby to drink from a bottle. She had been breastfeeding for 7 months and she is getting teeth and I am ready for her to go to a bottle but she acts like she doesnt know how to drink from it. Any ideas are greatly appreciated.



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User - posted on 12/07/2008




If it's just the teeth that are making you want to transition, I can say they're not a problem for a lot of moms.

Second the sippy cup. If you're okay with a bit of mess, an eyedropper works okay, too, or even sips from a cup.

Carrie - posted on 12/06/2008




i was really nervous about teeth too... but it's not really a problem. if she bites, just end the session. don't make a big fuss, just end it and ignore her for a few minutes. within three tries this made my son stop nipping me. (he wasn't really trying to hurt me, they're just seeing what happens)

As for the bottle, she may have trouble transitioning. At this age you may have better luck with a sippy cup if a breast shaped bottle doens't work. She knows that you've got the good stuff and i wouldn't be surprised if she never wants to take a bottle from you. Have another family member try it when you're out of the house, because if you're in close proximity she will be aware of it and may refuse more strongly than if you're gone.

Kristina - posted on 12/04/2008




You make it sound as if she is trying to trick you by "acts like she doesn't know how to drink from it." She really doesn't. Breast nipples are very different from bottle nipples and if she has been breastfeeding for 7 months she has been well trained in the breast nipple ways.

I have heard that switching to slower flow nipples as well as the boob shaped nipples is good to help them figure it out at first.

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