July 02, 2015

Q: What's the best way to transition my month-old baby to formula after breastfeeding?

A: To start, let your partner (or someone else besides you) give baby his first bottle. Have him or her feed the baby in a different position from the one in which you normally nurse (so your baby will be less likely to associate the feeding with nursing), such as sitting up in a car seat, being carried around the room, or nestled on the person's legs. I also suggest that you leave the house and let your baby and partner figure out the new routine on their own. If you're around and things aren't going well, you might be tempted to give up on the bottle and try again another day, which will only prolong the process. If you have a breast pump, you might want to express some breast milk for the first few bottles. Your baby might be less resistant if at least the taste of the milk is familiar and he just has to get used to the mechanics of drinking from a bottle. After a few successful bottles, try introducing formula. --Kate Kelly

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