My baby does not like to be bottle-fed when I am at work, what can I do?

My baby does not like to be bottle-fed when I am at work, what can I do?

To facilitate the transition from breast to bottle, you can introduce bottle-feeding to your baby two weeks before returning to work to let your baby get used to bottle, yet do not start too early. Some babies do not like to be bottle-fed when their mothers are around. However, when mothers are not around they will pick up bottle-feeding quickly.

 If your baby refuses to use bottle, you can:

  • Try to ask your family members to bottle-feed your baby, avoid bottle-feeding him yourself
  • Also avoid feeding the baby when he is too hungry or crying
  • Try to use warm water to warm the teat until it matches your body temperature
  • Let your baby try bottle teats with different sizes and shapes, and adjust the hole size on the teat
  • Put your baby in a different feeding position from breastfeeding or hold your baby such that he is not facing the caregiver
  • Keep trying. If your baby still refuses the bottles, you can try to feed him with a small cup or a spoon
  • Never force the baby to finish a bottle of milk. You don’t have to worry about your baby not enough. If he does not have enough milk in the daytime, he will eat more at night when you return home