It’s best to wait until your baby is 3 to 4 weeks old and breastfeeding has been established before introducing a bottle to a breastfed baby. If you’re planning on returning to work, try to begin bottle feeding at least two weeks before your start date, so you can work out any difficulties well ahead of time. Making a transition from breast to bottle may take your baby a while to get used to.
Top tips for a smooth transition from breast to bottle feeding:
Offer your baby a bottle a little later than their regular feeding time so they will be hungry and interested.
Let someone else feed your little one the very first bottle, so they don’t get confused about why you’re not breastfeeding.
Try to be out of the house when someone else bottle feeds your baby for the first time. Babies can smell their mother from a distance of at least 20 feet, and they may know that you’re around even if you're in another room.
Bottle feeding can feel as nurturing as breastfeeding if you cuddle your baby close.
Your baby may not feed well when you aren’t home, and if you are away all day, your baby may begin waking more frequently at night. Don't be surprised if this happens and use these quiet and intimate times to reconnect with your little one.
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