Help! My Breastfed Baby Won't Take a Bottle!
First off, your baby is not being stubborn or "refusing" to take a bottle - they simply don't connect it with food and so whenever you offer it and they're hungry the baby gets cross that you are offering them "not food". So if we look at this as a learning opportunity we start to approach it differently. Remember, no one (old or young) learns when they are hungry, tired or stressed - so pick your moments to teach carefully. Next, any bottle will do - just pick a type and sti
Breastfeeding your Baby in hot weather
Every time the sun peaks out from the grey English skies I’m contacted by lots of concerned mums asking me if they should give their babies (under 6 months) supplements of water to keep them hydrated. The very simple and emphatic answer is NO! Breastmilk is 88% water, which is more than enough to keep your baby hydrated even in the hottest of climates around the world. Research in temperatures of up to 41 degrees C and 96% humidity have still found this to be true. Your baby
Baby led bottle feeding
There are several reasons that a breastfeeding mum might choose to introduce a bottle to her baby; for some it is because they simply want to combination feed, others like the freedom of leaving a bottle of expressed milk when they go out while still others may be headed back to the workplace. Whatever their reason for wanting to use a bottle, many mums are concerned that it might interfere with the breastfeeding relationship for the remainder of the time. I’m often asked to