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    Default How to get a breastfeeding baby to drink from a bottle?

    Try some different bottles of they aren't liking a particular one! I started both my girls on expressed milk quite early (4 weeks) and they both liked the avent bottles! DD1 wouldn't take Medela. It's trial an error! They are all different!

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    Default How to get a breastfeeding baby to drink from a bottle?

    Quote Originally Posted by tubster View Post
    How long did it take to work? I am using the closer to nature ones with slow flow teat
    The closer to nature bottles and teats were the third type we tried. It took a little for her to take it. We just kept giving her a taste of milk with it in her lips and then when she opened her mouth put the rest in. Sometimes it can take up to ten minutes to get her to take the bottle but when she does she drinks well. We've only been doing it for two weeks. She started at two weeks old due to feeding issues relating to her heart condition. So my situation might be somewhat different.
    Just keep persevering. Honestly I found she took it easier lying back on a pillow with my hand under her head sort of looking at me (this was after DH had done several days bottle feeding). Then it didn't feel like breastfeeding. I also did it after breastfeeding, that's what the paediatrician told me to do.

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    Default How to get a breastfeeding baby to drink from a bottle?

    I'm heading back to work in 3 wks and my then 7mth old will be left with a sippy cup and a straw cup. She alternates between which one she prefers.

    Also - oddly - she prefers bm straight out of the fridge.


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