Help! My baby won't take a bottle

Help! My baby won't take a bottle

If your baby is refusing the bottle, it can be a frustrating and challenging experience for both you and your baby. Here are some tips to help your baby transition to a bottle 🍼

Timing ⏰ 

Offer the bottle when your baby is hungry but not overly so. A tired or hungry baby is less likely to take a bottle. If the bedtime bottle isn’t working, try a morning or lunchtime bottle instead.

Try someone different 👻

Let someone other than the primary caregiver offer the bottle, as this can help establish a new, positive association with bottle-feeding. Even just the smell of your milk may put your baby off trying out the bottle!

Experiment with different bottles and teats 🍼

Some babies prefer a certain type of bottle or nipple. Try different options until you find one that works for your baby. Don’t be discouraged if they don’t go for the most instagrammable or trendy option - babies don’t care about that stuff!

Position 👐🏻

Try different positions for bottle-feeding, such as holding the baby in a more upright position or laying the baby on their back. Some parents have luck with holding the baby as if they were nursing at the breast, while others swear by facing back outward to be distracted. Try a bunch of different positions to see what works for you. 

Patience 😮‍💨

It may take time for your baby to get used to the bottle. Be patient and persistent, and try not to get discouraged if your baby refuses the bottle at first.

Offer a comfort item 🧸 

Offer your baby a comfort item, such as a blanket or teddy, to help them feel more secure during the feeding.

Consider seeking support ❤️

If your baby continues to refuse the bottle, consider seeking support from a lactation consultant or pediatrician.

It's important to remember that every baby is different, and what works for one baby may not work for another. With patience, persistence, and the right support, you and your baby will find the solution that works best for you.

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