Even when not with their babies, mothers always think of their child's well-being– are they eating properly? Did they have their nap on time? Do they have sufficient tummy time? The list goes on! Additionally, every time a mother feels that she has caught the cues of her baby, some developmental milestone makes everything go topsy-turvy.
The transition from breastmilk to bottle is one such challenge - while some might start sucking from the first time, most end up biting the nipple or playing with it. For a child who has never known anything else beyond feeding on the mother's breast, a bottle is a new experience. So, the baby will need time. Don't hurry through the process. Give some time to yourself and your baby.
Initially, you can continue with both breastfeeding and bottle feeding, but give some hours’ gap between these two. According to experts, nipple confusion is primarily a myth! So don’t worry, most of the babies can switch between breast and bottle without any problem. However, if your baby had trouble latching on during early breastfeeding, you may have some tough time transitioning from breast to bottle. And you will have to wait until you can introduce a bottle to the child.
@thepramshed Some days they just drink more. No temp or sickness? If transitioning from breastmilk to solids or formula bub needs more h2o— Happy Nest (@happynestuk) April 26, 2016
According to Slate’s parenting advice column, you can try introducing the baby to a sippy cup with breastmilk and help her sit on her highchair. Yes, the baby will end up spilling more than drinking, but it's just a matter of time. Once they understand how to hold the cup, things will start falling in place. Ask your partner to accompany the baby during these errands. While introducing a new feeding habit, it can also be a great bonding time between the father and the baby.
Another tip is to be innovative and fill popsicle moulds with expressed milk and store them in the freezer. So, the days you are out on any meeting or caught with some critical assignments, she can try her hands on these popsicles.
Rearing up a child involves a lot of things, including your mental strength and your relationship with your partner. If you try to act a superwoman and do not divide your responsibilities, you will end up being tired and frustrated. In turn, you will feed the same to the baby along with the food you try to feed her!
Babies are super sensitive, and they can read your mood; in fact, they can display empathy from an early age of six months. Be patient and don’t freak over your baby not feeding with anyone else except you. Just flow with time – with babies, no problem lasts for long!