Breastfeeding is one of the best things that can happen to a mother. Women who breastfeed have a lot of benefits: promotes faster weight loss, less postpartum bleeding, natural contraceptive, etc. For the breastfed children, they get all the energy and nutrients that they need. However, it also entails a very common problem– nipple confusion. In this article, I will tackle how did I solve my baby’s nipple confusion.
When I started breastfeeding Baby Kenshin, I thought it would be a smooth sailing process. He had been latching on me properly but little did I know that when it’s time for him to feed on a bottle, he would experience “Nipple Confusion.” We tried giving him my breastmilk in a bottle many times but he had trouble drinking it.
There are two types of Nipple confusion: breast nipple confusion and bottle nipple confusion.
In Kenshin’s case, he struggled with bottle nipple confusion. He prefers breastfeeding because he can control the flow of milk from me, he can pause and breathe, unlike when he tries to drink in a bottle, the quick flow causes him to choke a bit or he can’t squeeze the bottle nipple properly. We had offered him different kinds of bottles and artificial nipples but he became stressed. We also tried switching it up and asked my husband to give the bottle, we failed again.
After spending much money on high-end bottle nipples, there is only one that he accepted: the brown nipple.
To our surprise, the Farlin brown nipple only costs 12 pesos. You can also buy this on grocery stores such as Puregold or Mercury Drug Store. Upon giving him the brown bottle, he immediately fed in it. Looking at it, I can see clearly why Kenshin chose this kind of bottle nipple:
- It is brown just like mother’s areola
- It is softer than other white bottle nipples so he can easily squeeze and create suction
- The texture is more natural compared to other silicone types
We successfully made the transition from breast to bottle, vice versa. I know that nipple confusion is very challenging for parents and for your little one. In case that the brown nipple didn’t work for you, try feeding your baby using a small cup. You can buy baby cups in online stores. Hopefully, you can use these strategies to solve your baby’s nipple confusion problem.
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