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I have exclusively breastfed both my son and my daughter. My son was close to two years old when I weaned him, and I thought I would never break him from wanting to just comfort nurse. My grandmother expressed concern with both of my children, she thought that they should at least know how to take a bottle. I heard the same question more than once, “What if you got sick or something suddenly happened and you couldn’t feed the baby?” My daughter is going to be six months old at the end of the month, and I’m finally taking her advice to heart. We’re trying to introduce her to drinking expressed breastmilk from the new Philips Avent Anti-colic bottle with AirFree vent. Today I’m sharing a few reasons why I decided to use this bottle and a few tips for how to transition your child from bottle to breast.
When my son was born, our lactation consultant advised me to wait until he was one month old to introduce a bottle. I was a first time mom, and I was a nervous first time mom, so I stretched it to 6 weeks. When I finally tried to introduce a bottle, he completely refused. I tried slowly for days to get him to take one, and I finally gave up. He went straight from breast to sippy cups about 7 or 8 months of age. I repeatedly told myself that I wouldn’t do that with my second child, and here I am at over 5 months trying to introduce a bottle.
I chose the new Philips Avent Anti-colic bottle with AirFree vent for a few different reasons. It is designed to reduce feeding problems such as colic, gas and reflux. The AirFree vent is made to prevent less air ingestion, by keeping the nipple full of milk instead of air. Plus, there are fewer parts which prevents lost pieces and alleviates assembly frustration. Also, it can be used with or without the AirFree vent, is BPA free and easy to clean. Not to mention, the bottle has four available nipple sizes with different flow rates to grow with your baby. The nipple shape is designed to help your baby get a secure latch while also helping reduce the amount of air that they swallow. These are all features that have been helpful in our breast to bottle journey.
Speaking of that journey, babies grow up so fast. My son will be 8 years old at the end of the month, and it feels like he was the size of my daughter just a minute ago. I’ve been so exhausted from doing 100% of the feeding, that I don’t feel like I’ve been able to really enjoy the first few months of her life. It would be nice to allow my husband or another relative to feed her from time to time. I feel like her transition from breast to bottle is going well.
Look how much my daughter has grown the last few months:
Another tip I’ve found is that my daughter is more likely to accept a bottle without a lot of fuss when someone other than myself tries to feed her. If she actively rejects a bottle, then we give her a few minutes before we try again.
If you’d like to try our new go-to bottle yourself, the Philips Avent Anti-colic bottle with AirFree vent is available for purchase this month from many retailers. The suggested retail price is $19.99 for a three pack of 4 ounce or 9 ounce bottles. They also have a new Natural bottle to help with the transition from breast to bottle.
So, have you ever transitioned a baby from breast to bottle? Do you have any tips to share with mothers who have exclusively breastfed for an extended period and need to transition a baby over? I’d love to hear more about reader experiences. Please feel free to share in the comments below or send me an email.