Hey there! If you’re having trouble getting your little one to drink from a bottle, don’t worry; you’re not alone. Many parents face this challenge, but there are ways to help your baby learn this important skill. I will share some tips with you today, so let’s dive in!

First, have you noticed that your baby seems calm with the bottle but still refuses to drink? It can be confusing, right? Well, there are a couple of reasons why this might be happening.

One reason could be that your baby prefers breastfeeding over the bottle. This is known as breast preference. Another reason could be that your baby has become used to being fed while drowsy or asleep, so they’re not sure how to drink from the bottle when they’re awake. 

So, what can you do to help your baby? Well, the first step is to teach them the skill of drinking from the bottle. Start by offering them the nipple of the bottle. If your baby uses a pacifier, this step might be easier. If not, it may take more time.

help baby drink from a bottle using the teat only and a syringe

Once your baby accepts the nipple, try squirting a little bit of milk into their mouth using a syringe while they have the nipple in their mouth. Do this for a few days so your baby learns that the nipple equals milk. When you see your baby starting to suck on the nipple, you can then introduce the bottle with a bit of milk in it.

Try these steps when your baby is not hungry or sleepy, so they’re in a good mood and more open to learning. Like us, babies find it hard to focus when tired or hungry.

Remember, while your baby is learning this new skill, they may still prefer breastfeeding or dream feeding when hungry. But once they’ve mastered drinking from the bottle, you can gradually change their feeding routine.

So, whether you’re exclusively breastfeeding or your baby is used to being fed while asleep, these steps can help you transition to bottle feeding when your baby is fully awake.

I hope these tips help you and your little one on your feeding journey. Thanks for reading! 

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