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Tips for Introducing Bottles to an Exclusively Breastfed Baby

[su_highlight background=”#F2F2F2″] Disclosure: This post is in partnership with PTPA and Philips Avent. As always, opinions are all my own.[/su_highlight]


Being a mom is the most rewarding and special experience in the world. From the moment that stick turns pink with two little lines our lives change forever. From the second those little tiny, squishy babies are placed in our arms it’s go time. We don’t want, but rather demand the absolute best for our children and that starts from day 1.

The Philips Avent line has been talked about on here quite a bit because I truly adore everything there is about the line, and wish I had started using their products back when my oldest was born. They are truly a life saver, and products I keep on hand at all times. Mia and Hanna were both breastfed strictly from day one (Jackson and Justin too) and didn’t have a bottle for a long time. Hanna was introduced to Philips bottles when she decided it was time to wean at 18 months, which I believe was due to my pregnancy and Mia, hasn’t had a bottle yet in her life, until now. Even though I’ve had to pump and get bottles ready just in case. This brings us to, Tips for Introducing Bottles to an Exclusively Breastfed Baby.

Mia is and always has been a tiny little girl. She was at the doctors two weeks ago and weighed 17.7lbs – she’s extremely healthy, and growing just fine she also nurses and eats baby food and normal food like a champ, so although she’s small there is no need to worry. She’s just like her sister Ava, who too was tiny and still is to this day at twelve. I decided it was time to see if Mia would take a bottle and while I had Mia at the doctors I asked how I can help her chunk up a little bit beyond what I’m already doing. My doctor suggested I see if she’d take 2-4oz of homogenized milk a day, which had me worried for a few reasons.

  • Will she want to stop breastfeeding?
  • Will she get nipple confusion?
  • Will she refuse it all together?
  • Will this cause issues breastfeeding?

Well, she isn’t too fond of the milk at all, like, she won’t drink it one bit but she LOVES the bottles. We have started to introduce Mia to bottles with Philips Natural Bottles.

This is a face of a girl who doesn’t like milk, at all. She is a breastmilk girl through and through, so for now that’s what she will get once a day in a bottle to see if we can get her liking this whole bottle thing.

I used the Philips Natural Bottles with Hanna, and she loved them. They are easy to hold, easy to transition from breast to bottle and have multiple different nipple options because whats right for one, won’t be for the other.

I am going on a trip in a few months and I know Mia will more than likely still be nursing at that point so it’s important to me that while I’m away she already be familiar with the bottle so when I pump she will still have her milk, otherwise I’ll have to cancel my trip so she can get it straight from the source.

If you are in the same situation as me and are going to attempt to introduce your exclusively breastfed little one to bottles, I highly recommend the Philips Natural Bottles. As I mentioned Mia is little, and has little tiny hands but these bottles are perfect. The 4oz bottles are just the right size for her and the Ergonomic shape not only makes it easy for her to grasp the bottles and keep her grip on them but they make it comfortable for her little tiny hands to fit properly around them.

Although she didn’t like homogenized milk in the bottles she took a few sips from it with breastmilk, so that is a great start. Here are some tips I’d recommend if attempting to get your exclusively breastfed baby to take a bottle.

Tips for Introducing Bottles to an Exclusively Breastfed Baby

  • Use Philips natural bottles: The 4oz bottles are perfect for little tiny hands, but if your baby needs something a little bigger the 8oz bottles still have the same Ergonomic shape for an easy and comfortable grip. With multiple nipple options and advanced anti-colic system with innovative twin valve, these bottles make a great choice for your little one.
  • Start with breastmilk: Don’t do what I did, start off the transition with breastmilk. I’m only doing one bottle here and there, not even per day, so I should have known starting off with a milk she’s never tried wouldn’t be a good idea. Breastmilk in the bottle first ideal.
  • Try different nipples: The best part of having multiple options for nipples is that you can try all of them until you find one that works. The Philips Natural Bottles offer multiple options so you can find the right fit for you.
  • Don’t force it: Mia was only interested on chewing on the nipple for the first few times, and even after that she isn’t really taking much. Don’t force it, it will come. She’s well on her way to being comfortable taking breastmilk from the bottle.

Is your baby a little bit older and still using bottles? Consider switching. Hanna LOVES these bottles and although she’s turning three this summer we’ve been trying to slowly wean her off them, but she is a strong personality and hates sippy cups so it’s been hard. She does drink from normal cups all day long, but in the moments where she’s tired or wants comfort she is quick to ask for her bub and these are her favourite.

More about the Philips Natural Bottles:

  • The Philips Avent Natural bottle is available in 4 sizes: 2oz/60ml, 4oz/125ml, 9oz/260ml and 11oz/330ml. Bottles are available in single and multi packs.
  • The Philips Avent Natural bottle is compatible with the Philips Avent range, excluding Classic bottles and cup handles. We advise to use the Natural bottles with Natural feeding nipples only.
  • Since 1984, Philips Avent has been designing and manufacturing products that are inspired by nature and have been developed through extensive research and clinical trials.
  • These bottles are BPA free

I highly recommend the Philips Natural Bottles because the price point is perfect for new, expectant or even seasoned parents, the ergonomic design is perfect for little hands, and the wide bottle neck makes filling and cleaning easy. Only a few parts for quick and simple assembly. Every parents dream – less to do!