Are you struggling with your baby’s bottle aversion and feeling lost about how to fix it? Don’t worry—I’ve got you covered! In this guide, I’ll walk you through the steps to help your baby recover from bottle aversion and develop positive associations with feeding. So, let’s dive in!

Understanding Bottle Aversion

Bottle aversion occurs when babies associate negative feelings with feeding, including the bottle, feeding position, and feeding process. To address this issue, we need to reverse this association by linking positive feelings to feeding.

Checklist Before You Start:

Before diving into solutions, ensure the following:

  1. The Right Bottle: Ensure your baby can latch the bottle properly without losing suction.

  2. Appropriate Flow: Check if the milk flow is neither fast nor slow for your baby’s comfort.

  3. Rule Out Other Issues: Rule out any underlying health issues, such as reflux or tongue tie, that may contribute to feeding difficulties.
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Fixing Bottle Aversion

  1. Adjust the Bottle and Flow: If the bottle or flow isn’t right, address these issues first. Opt for a bottle and flow that allows your baby to feed comfortably without feeling overwhelmed.

     

  2. Change Feeding Position: Experiment with different feeding positions to find one comfortable for your baby. Avoid distractions during feeding to help your baby focus on eating.

     

  3. Associate Positive Feelings with the Bottle: Play with the bottle to create positive associations outside of feeding times. Avoid playing with the bottle during feeding sessions to prevent distractions.

     

  4. Modify Feeding Process: Offer the bottle three times during each feeding attempt, allowing breaks in between offers. Avoid pressuring your baby to feed, and give them time to adjust to the new feeding routine.

Find out if your baby has bottle aversion by taking this 30-second Quiz.

How Long Does It Take?

Following my program, most babies recover from bottle aversion within three to five days. Consistency and the right approach are crucial to helping your baby overcome this challenge.

Seeking Additional Help

If you need further assistance addressing your baby’s bottle aversion, consider seeking professional guidance or enrolling in specialized programs like mine. Read more about my programs. 

Conclusion

With the right approach and patience, you can help your baby overcome bottle aversion. Creating positive associations with feeding and adjusting to the feeding routine can help your baby develop healthy feeding habits.

I hope this guide has provided valuable insights and practical steps to support your baby’s feeding journey. Thanks for reading!

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