There are many factors that contribute to the struggle with transitioning baby from breast to bottle.
Here is why this is a growing situation that needs clarity.
1. Increase in Breast-feeding friendly hospitals and more and more careers in the lactation field. There are more moms than ever nursing today! This is such a good thing…
They can help get baby latched and eating. But who help’s get baby unlatched from mommy?
2. More and more moms return to the work force each year, to help support their family. The need to transition smoothly without giving up the right of using your own breast milk is growing with abundance.
My family struggled for a full two months before we had any success. Our daughter was a superstar with the bottle, first try, and she had it. So we just assumed our son would be the same. We were mistaken. 8 weeks later were at the same point we were day one... lots of different bottles, even more choices of different nipples and no success. After our trials and tribulation, if we can make this transition easier for parents and put a guide together on different things to try then we have won. Part of the confusion was getting different advice or tips on what to try.
3. There are many benefits to nursing, and moms just assume going from breast to bottle is a problem free transition. And for some this is! But for many there are many hurdles and roadblocks to over come.
Understanding that every baby is different and what works for one doesn't work for the other, but if we can compile a great set of guidelines and suggestions, along with a system, hopefully success for your family is also right around the corner.
4. When mom takes extended leave up (more than the six to eight weeks given.) Baby becomes much more attached and comforted by breastfeeding. Many babies have to relearn how to eat/suck because its a different movement for the breast than it is for the bottle.
Mom wants a break, dad wants to help and both do not get what they desire until baby is well adjusted to the bottle.
5. This is a big frustration in many households, lets all support each other and give tips on to what worked for you...