You can actually. Research shows that a bottle once in a while won't confuse your baby. Follow these tips if...
You can actually. Research shows that a bottle once in a while won't confuse your baby. Follow these tips if you're interested in breastfeeding and bottle feeding simultaneously.
- You should wait a bit until breastfeeding is established - which will vary by baby. Once your tot is a breastfeeding pro, he'll be less likely to experience nipple confusion.
- If you want to bottle feed because you're returning to work, get on a schedule where you pump milk at the same time each day if possible and try to save some milk (i.e. no pumping late in the day) so that once you arrive home you can feed your baby.
- If your baby rejects the bottle at first, no worries. Many babies do. Try another bottle, another nipple, or a different hold.
- Often, parents find that the non-breastfeeding partner is more successful with bottle feeding. Your baby associates you with breasts and breastfeeding so he may play games when you try to bottle feed him.