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 stick with it. I particularly like any brand that can have the handle attachments for it so that baby can be even more in control of what happens with it. Then make the bottle into a game (preferably when she is NOT hungry

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 will, however, likely feed more frequently than their normal pattern to help quench any thirst. This makes sense if we try to imagine ourselves going 3 or 4 hours without a drink on a hot day… In fact, giving a breastfed

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 help prevent their babies from developing “nipple confusion”. First thing that I say to mums is that babies are not “confused” they know right from birth that the mother’s breast and a silicon teat are not the same. The

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