If you plan to breastfeed your baby, introducing him or her to a bottle is still important in many cases, especially if you plan to go back to work or share feeding sessions with loved ones.

Best time to introduce baby to bottle

Experts recommend introduction between two and six weeks of age for the best results, citing the concern that the child may find the bottle easier to suckle than the breast (and may reject breastfeeding) before two weeks of age, or may find the bottle floods them with milk and the foreign object unacceptable past six weeks. Slow flow nipples are recommended for many first time bottle feedings.

A few tips that may help you ease the introduction:

  • Try the first bottle shortly after your baby’s evening feeding (no more than one ounce of breast milk).
  • Try to be away (out of the house, if possible)
  • Let a family member or loved one feed the first bottle
  • Try a slow flow nipple

It is important to try to implement these tips for a smooth transition. Your baby can smell you (even from a distance), and may be confused as to why they aren’t receiving their milk from the breast.

Make use of a breast pump

Aeroflow Breastpumps can help you easily see if you qualify for a breast pump at little-to-no cost to you through your insurance. Simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and let us take care of the rest.  An Aeroflow Breastpump Specialist  will work with your insurance provider to verify your coverage and will contact you within 3-5 business days to discuss your breast pump options.

Benefits of pumping & storing breast milk

Pumping will not compromise the immunities or health benefits passed from mother to baby by breastfeeding, and will still release the same hormones and burn the calories that promote postpartum weight loss. If your baby is having a rough time adjusting to the bottle feedings, make sure the breast milk is warmed to body temperature before feeding, or try when the baby is sleepy/ just waking up.

Bottle feedings can allow you to share the joys and bonding experience of feeding your baby with your loved ones and family, and can give you a little freedom to go back to work, or simply have time away from home. Of course, you will need to be able to store your breast milk, and likely will have to pump away from home (especially if returning to work).

You can find many amazing breast feeding supplies for a great price on Aeroflow Breastpumps’ online store. You can alternate pumping and bottle feeding with breast feeding, so missing out on your unique bonding experience with your little one is not a concern.