Breast to Bottle: Tips to Help The Transition

Today we're going to talk about what to

do if you've been nursing your baby and

you're ready to transition them to the

bottle and they're not quite ready for

it yet. So this is a common problem that

happens to moms who are going back to

school and they're going back to work

and they need some help in transitioning

their baby to a bottle. So this is a

really good time to ask for the help of

another caregiver, so this can either be

your partner, or a nanny, or somebody else

who's going to be taking care of your

baby. So babies are used to nursing at

particular places and looking at certain

things in their surroundings. That's

going to hint to them that it's time for

a breastfeeding session. So when you're

ready to transition your baby to a

bottle, it might be good to have somebody

else take them to a different setting, a

different room, and a different chair. So

today I'm going to give you my three

tips on transitioning your baby to

taking a bottle. Tip number one is going

to be timing. Tip number two is going to

be happy cues. Tip number three is

taste. So timing, the best thing is to offer

your baby a bottle, you’re going to do this

about an hour or two after their last

nursing feed. You want to catch them when

they're highly motivated and active but

not when they're ravenous or starving.

It's best to start with only a half an

ounce of milk, no need of wasting that

precious breast milk. Number two happy

cues, so your baby is going to be very

astute to your temperament. If you're

nervous, or if you're frustrated about

feeding your baby, your baby is going to

pick up on that. So you’ll want to talk to

them in a very soothing voice. You’ll want

to smile at them and let them know that

you're also feeling pretty comfortable.

Tip number three is taste, so you want to

introduce some milk on the baby's lip or

tongue so they can already start to

taste what they're about to get and that

they understand that their meal is

coming from a different form. You’ll also

want to introduce the nipple into their

mouth very gently.

If they're showing signs that they're

frustrated by thrusting their tongue or

arching their back or crying that would

be a good time to stop.

If it's taking longer than 10 minutes

for the baby to start drinking from the

bottle go ahead and give it a break and

you can try again at the next session.

Other things you can try to help

encourage your baby to take the bottle

is dipping the pacifier into breast milk

so they can taste it. You might have to

experiment with different nipple types,

some babies are just picky. You can also

try a sippy cup or even a regular cup

just to help encourage them to start to

take the milk by mouth. Over the

following days you'll notice that babies

start to progressively take more and

more milk but as I mentioned before

keep practicing at it.