Tips to get your baby to take a bottle
1. Get the bottle nipple out and let baby play with the nipple-make it like a game with baby popping bottle nipple in and out and make it fun.
2. Use fresh milk and warm milk- as close to breast as possible.
3. Keep a journal...see what works! Time of day, hungry or not hungry..some babies will do better when they are not hungry.
4. Remember, being strong willed will work on your baby’s behalf as time goes on! Makes strong leaders!
5. Try bottle feeding with baby’s back on your front in a vertical position. Cup bottle and baby’s chin at same time.
6. Have a good distraction...go outside, turn a mobile, favorite rattle etc! 7. Consistency is key! Offer bottle 3-4 times per day.
8. Laying her on changing table with mobile on worked well. Just make sure not to overwhelm her with a too fast flow bottle, or if she starts to choke, pick her up and pat her on back. If baby starts getting agitated, give baby a break and nurse if baby hungry and try again when baby settles. Keep a close eye on baby if you are trying this technique. If you are not comfortable, ask your health care professional to assist you.
9. If baby takes bottle from on parent better than other, try having one parent hold baby and one hold bottle standing close together. This will help baby feel good with either parent giving bottle.
10. Might want to play some consistent music that reminds her it is time to eat.