Know about switching baby from bottle to breast
and tips to move babies back from bottle-feeding to breastfeeding.
Switching Baby from Bottle to Breast
Many mothers these days are turning back to breastfeeding for their
babies, becoming more and more aware of its advantages over
bottle-feeding. Most mothers that used to bottle-feed expressed breast
milk to their baby are also opting for natural ways of breastfeeding,
even though they find nursing more cumbersome and even hurtful, just
for the sake of their child but they are often worried whether
switching back to breast from bottle will be easy on their child or
stress the baby out. Here are some tips on breastfeeding once again
for previously bottle-fed babies:
- It takes about two weeks of breastfeeding exclusively for the
mother and the baby to form a comfortable feeding rhythm for both.
- Researches have shown that the length and frequency of
breastfeeding in babies determine the cognitive skills and health of
the baby. More the length and frequency of breast feeding, higher
are the cognitive skills and better is the baby's health.
- Children can easily adapt to changes so you need not worry about
their being stressed out on being switched back to breast from
bottle-feeding, especially for babies who are already on pumped
- Learn comfortable baby positioning and latch-on positions from
your lactation specialist or consultant for the better breastfeeding
experience for you and the baby.
- Nursing often hurts when babies put too much sucking pressure on
the nipple instead of the whole of areola, so you may need to open
baby's mouth wider by using your index finger to push on her
lower jaw gently and offering the breast to the baby. This also
helps the baby to get more milk with fewer efforts.
- If your nipples are sore because your baby's lips are tightly
pursed while she nurses, you may use your index finger to flip her
lower lip outward gently, so that you feel less pain and more
- Reduce the times of bottle feedings gradually.
- Even when you achieve optimal milk supply and a comfortable
latch-on, you can still the occasional supplemental bottle when you
feel too stressed out.
- In the first month of life, 'nipple confusion' in
babies can be seen when the child is being switched back to breast
from bottle but it decreases, as the child grows older.