Tips for introducing the bottle

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Pumping, bottles, and formula are all big parts of the parenting experience, but getting your baby on board with the routine is sometimes a bit of a challenge. Here are a few feeding tips that might make life a bit easier.

As you’re looking to get your baby to feed, these are the tips for you:

Pop a little milk on it — Putting a bit of breastmilk or formula on a baby bottle nipple can sometimes create a feeding response from a reluctant baby.

Get the sucking started — By touching the nipple of a bottle against the roof of your baby’s mouth, you can help initiate the sucking reflex, which could help get a feeding started.

A bottle that’s like a breast — Sometimes you need to change up which bottle you’re using. The Closer to Nature® Bottle from Tommee Tippee is designed to mimic the breast. It has a soft, silicone nipple that elongates and flexes while feeding, and has a breast-like shape that allows your baby to latch on easily.

It can take a few bottles to find the one that your baby likes, especially when transitioning from breastfeeding. When your baby changes things up on you, try to stay flexible. The Closer to Nature® Bottle might be a good place to start.

Let someone else feed — Feeding time is a fantastic time for bonding. Letting someone else feed Baby will help them create those same lasting bonds that you get to make, especially with some skin-to-skin touching and held eye contact.

Let your baby play — Drinking from a silicone nipple is a learning process, so your baby might need some time to get familiar with it. Once your baby does though, they will be ecstatic to discover that there’s food in there!

Watch for cues — Adults think of a meal as all the food on their plate, but a full bottle isn’t necessarily the right amount of food for your baby. Keep an eye on those feeding cues to know when your baby has had their fill, and you can help prevent colic symptoms from developing. These cues include closing their mouth, turning their head away from the bottle, and relaxing their hands.

Pump instead of feeding — When your baby is using the bottle, it’s usually a good idea to pump at the same time you’d typically be feeding. This will help keep your body in a routine of comfortably producing breast milk.

Wondering about how to prep the bottle? These tips are important.

Avoid the microwave — Something like an electric bottle warmer — an appliance that just warms bottles — might seem extravagant, but there is logic behind it. The microwave heats liquid unevenly, which can create “hot spots,” leaving a bit of milk scalding hot while the rest of the bottle feels cool to the touch.

Check the temperature — When preparing a formula bottle, you use boiled water so to keep it sterile, but you aren’t brewing coffee here. Make sure the water isn’t too hot for your baby. You’ll want to wait for the sterilized water to cool, then do “the wrist test” to check that the formula is at body temperature.

Wash, wash, then wash again — It’s always a good idea to keep your hands and bottles clean, especially before making a batch of formula or warming up a bottle. Your baby thinks breastmilk and formula are delicious, and bacteria agrees!

No need to mix — Breast milk can be stored for a while, especially in the freezer. Formula needs to be discarded once made. Mixing the two will likely result in a lot of thrown out breast milk.

A better bottle — One common cause of colic is discomfort from ingesting milk that has air bubbles in it. The Closer to Nature® bottle from Tommee Tippee features an innovative design that traps air in the base of the bottle, bypassing the milk. It also has their Closer to Nature® nipple for better latching. It even comes with an acceptance guarantee!

A better bottle makes for a better feeding experience and that means one happy baby. Tap the button below to learn more about the Closer to Nature® bottle from Tommee Tippee.

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