Nipple confusion can happen when a breastfed baby gets a taste of a bottle. Bottles are easier to suck milk...
Nipple confusion can happen when a breastfed baby gets a taste of a bottle. Bottles are easier to suck milk from than a breast because babies need to work a little when breastfeeding. A baby will coordinate his jaw and mouth to make breastfeeding work for him. A bottle requires some tongue work to slow the quicker flow of milk that comes from a bottle, but doesn't involve the same muscles that breastfeeding does. When a baby tries to simultaneously breastfeed and bottle feed they usually choose the lazier bottle. This is nipple confusion. Avoiding nipple confusion means you're going to need to wait a little bit before introducing the bottle. This can be bad news for dads who want to be a part of their baby's feeding schedule, but it's worth it to wait until breastfeeding is established. Normally a baby should be well established with a breastfeeding technique by about four weeks of age. Then you can introduce a bottle if you choose. Before that you can help your partner feel like part of the team by encouraging other interactions. Feeding is truly not the only way to bond with a baby. Diaper changes, cuddling, singing to, reading to, and rocking are all excellent bonding times for your partner and your baby. What my son's father did was claim dibs on first solid food feeding, and since I did breastfeed, I let him. Is your partner wanting to bottle feed to bond? How are you handling this situation?

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