How to teach your baby to nurse after bottle feeding: One Mom’s Story
Finally, it came time to go back to work. To my amazement I did not cry the first day back, in fact, I enjoyed the ability to have a cup of coffee without interruption and conversations with other adults. While I treasured this time to be out of the house, I still missed my son very much and quickly became frustrated with the little time I had to spend with him in the evenings, between pumping more milk, cleaning bottles and sharing him with loving grandparents on the weekends.
After about three weeks of this I had had enough and was determined to figure out what I may have been doing wrong, so he could learn to nurse from me when I was home in the evenings and weekends.
Being relaxed: This mainly comes with time, so don’t get hung up if things don’t go right. Just keep trying.
Don’t force your baby: While there is a little bit of coaxing involved pushing a baby’s head onto your breast will often lead them to fight back more than accept nursing. Instead try thinking about your breast as “a bottle” holding it to their lips like you would a regular bottle. (There may be some positioning adjustments that you may have to make to accommodate this.) This technique has really helped me while nursing my newborn daughter.
Give yourself a break: It may not work the first, second or even tenth time. But keep with it. Do what you need to make sure baby is getting their needed nutrition and you some peace of mind. Remember, there is absolutely nothing wrong with pumping exclusively and if anything it may give you a much needed break and a bit of freedom you wouldn’t have if they nursed from the breast. But for those that may have found themselves frustrated the first time around, know that there is hope and you can teach an older baby new tricks.