Lv was exclusively breastfed child…I started giving her bottle of expressed milk say around by her 2nd month…she took a while to adapt herself and later she became a pro…until one day she totally refused it! Later…I struggled…no bottles for her. I tried giving her milk in droppers, sippers and by spoon and had little luck. Going out without her started giving me nightmares what if she refused milk and cry out loud for milk. In her 5th month we introduced solids & I again started offering her bottle every now & then. Every time I offered her She refused, chewed the bottle and threw milk…but I didn’t stop, I kept my patience I often requested my husband, mum, mum in law, sisters everyone to try and feed her…. Today again, I tried like all other time I held her close to me and offered her…and pretended that I am having it too… and to my surprise she gulped the whole bottle…all the while I kept caressing & talking to her! What a feeling of triumph it is…. It’s gives me sucha HIGH!!!
Tips for mommy who wants their babies to take bottle:
- Start pumping by 2nd month if not early, by this age baby’s face less nipple confusion.
- There is no need to offer daily but once in two days keeps them in habit of bottle.
- Baby can smell you, handover bottle feeding to family around…dad or Granny… they are perfect for bottle feed and this give them chance to bond with the baby.
- Babies generally like to be held the way when they are breastfed…Close to you, skin-to-skin contact. They can feel protected and warm… encourage replicating that experience when bottle-feed.
- Don’t offer bottle when the baby is very very hungry…at this time they are not ready for any trade.
- Bottle temperature is very important, babies like normal room temperature milk, so not so clod or hot!
- If not bottle try with dropper, syringe but practice this when the baby is alert.
- If baby rejects keep trying don’t give up but don’t over push!!!Patience is the key!!!!!
Happy bottle-feeding mommies!