Introducing Your Little One to Breast Milk in a Bottle

After maternity leave is over and mothers start to return to work, it is not only mothers who have to get used to the schedule and habits of pumping breast milk. Your little one should also get used to drinking breast milk from a bottle, because not all babies make the transition to baby bottles easily.


Early Introduction

The best time to teach your little one to drink breast milk from a bottle is when he is between 3 - 6 weeks of age. To avoid nipple confusion, avoid bottle feeding before your little one is 3 weeks old. You should start teaching your little one to drink breast milk from a bottle no later than 2 weeks before you return to work. Breastfeed your little one alternately between breastfeeding directly and feeding from the bottle so that he or she gets used to the difference between your nipple and baby's nipple.

Your little baby is smart enough to know that you are able to give breastmilk from the original packaging, so usually she won't want to drink breastmilk from a bottle if you give it.


Ask for help from Dad, other family members, or a baby sitter or someone who will look after your little one while Mother is working to provide breastmilk from a bottle to your little one. In general, babies will refuse when the mother drinks the milk from the bottle, but sometimes they don't mind if the milk in the bottle is given by someone else. When feeding from a bottle, try a variety of different positions. There are babies who like to breastfeed from the bottle in the same position as when she breastfed directly, but there are also those who view breastfeeding from a bottle as a completely different activity from breastfeeding with the mother.

One of the positions you can try is breastfeeding while holding your little one. In addition, when your little one is breastfeeding from a bottle, position your little one with her head slightly higher than her body.  A void feeding your little one from the bottle while he is lying down, because milk can get into the middle ear and cause ear infections. The most important thing you should remember is never to leave your little one drinking breast milk from a bottle without adult supervision to avoid the risk of choking.


The Best Dot

One of the things that need to be considered when getting your little one to breastfeed from a bottle is the selection of a pacifier. When you first introduce your little one to a breast milk bottle, use a newborn nipple, because this type of pacifier flows breast milk more slowly.

Basically, direct breastfeeding is more difficult than bottle feeding, so feeding from a bottle with a nipple with a fast flow increases the risk of nipple confusion, as your little one will get used to breastfeeding easily and refusing .breastfeeding directly from the mother.In addition, a fast-flowing pacifier increases the risk of overfeeding, as your little one will be so overwhelmed with the flow of milk that he cannot control when he should stop because he is full.


The mother can check the flow rate of the little one's nipple by paying attention to the drips of milk that come out of the teat when the bottle is turned over. The flow rate that your little one can easily control is one drop of milk every second.

Try different nipples from different types of materials to find out which one suits your little one best. To help your little one get used to rubber nipples, try warming the teat with warm water or even cooling the teat in the refrigerator if your little one is teething.


Make it a habit for your little one to suck with most of the teat in his mouth (the position of the teat is like the position of the mother's nipple when breastfeeding), so that the little one does not become lazy and only sucks the milk from the tip of the nipple. If your little one gets used to this sucking position even when breastfeeding directly from you, your nipples can become sore and sore.


Other methods of breastfeeding

If your little one has difficulty getting used to breastfeeding from a bottle, there are several other methods of breastfeeding that you can try, including:

  • Feed your little one by giving breast milk little by little with a spoon
  • A pipette (a dropper that is often used to provide medicine for babies) can also be used to provide breast milk for your little one.

If your child still refuses breast milk apart from breastfeeding directly from the mother, do not give up looking for other ways to continue to provide exclusive breastfeeding for your little one. Maybe you can arrange for your little one to “visit” you at the office during certain hours at the office to breastfeed. Mothers can also seek day care (child care) close to your office so that you can visit your little one to breastfeed directly.

If your little one is almost 6 months old, you can also provide breast milk mixed with baby food during the day. In addition, keep trying to give your baby breast milk by bottle. Little baby this mother still likes to change her mind, so don't be surprised if suddenly one day she can breastfeed from a bottle without any problems.


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