As a busy mom of four little ones and a former OB nurse I can tell you a thing or two about breastfeeding and bottle feeding. There are hurdles and challenges that come with either form of feeding and today I’m going to share my tips for successfully switching between breast and bottle. The key is to find the right bottle that mimics breastfeeding so you can avoid nipple confusion and the dreaded bottle protest!
NaturalFit® nipples provide the perfect fit and flow for all babies’ feeding preferences as they grow and develop. They are available in several different flows including Slow, Medium, Adjustable, Fast and Y-Cut so you can easily find one to fit your baby’s preference.
Once you’ve found a bottle your baby likes and you’ve introduced it between 3-4 weeks once breastfeeding is well established, then final key to successful breastfeeding and bottle feeding is to consistently introduce a bottle into your feeding routine. I found with subsequent babies that I was always diligent to introduce the bottle at 3-4 weeks old, but I’d go long stretches without using it. That would cause my baby to become unfamiliar with the bottle all over again and we’d have to start the process of getting used to the bottle all over again. Once you’ve introduced it be sure to feed with the bottle at least once a week. *TIP* This is a great time to let Dad takeover some of the feedings and give you a much needed break! If it were me I’d hand over those lovely middle of the night feedings!
NaturalFit® bottles are available for a suggested retail price of $8.99 each at Babies”R”Us, buybuy BABY, ChiccoShop.com and other online retailers. Chicco’s NaturalFit® line offers more than 70 products, including everything from bottles, pacifiers and teethers to nursing pads, bottle warmers and a variety of feeding accessories and gift sets.
- 1 Three-Pack Stage One 5oz Bottles ($21.99)
- 1 Three-Pack Stage One 8oz Bottles ($21.99)
- 1 Digital Bottle and Baby Food Warmer ($49.99)
- 2 Transition Cups ($17.98)
- 1 3-in-1 Modular Sterilizer ($69.99)
- 1 Breast Pump Adapters ($5.99)
- 2 Pacifier Sets ($11.98)
- 1 Pocket Buddies Pacifier Holder – Blue ($11.99)
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