Will my baby still breastfeed after using a bottle?
Babies sometimes prefer bottles to breasts. This is called nipple confusion or, more accurately, bottle preference. It may happen because the mother has a very low milk supply, because the baby can’t latch, or simply because it’s easier to get milk out of a bottle. The danger of bottle preference is that it leads to less breast stimulation, a lower milk supply, and then an even stronger preference for the bottle. The bottle is unlikely to cause a bottle preference if used only a few times a week. The risk rises when bottle-feeding is frequent. If mothers use a bottle, they should breastfeed before bottling whenever possible, bottle supplements in appropriate amounts, and if not breastfeeding, express for each of the baby’s feeds. If the baby seems less happy to breastfeed and more interested in the bottle, mothers should change their supplementing tool.