What is nipple confusion?
When breastfed babies are given an artificial nipple to drink from, they might become confused and not know how to drink from the breast. These two feeding methods entail completely different tongue and mouth movements and swallowing skills.
During breastfeeding a baby uses his jaw and lips to pump and grip the nipple and breast for effective breast drainage. The suction during breastfeeding promotes oral development in babies.
Not all babies will develop nipple confusion, some babies have no problem going back and forth between the bottle and the breast. It commonly occurs during the first few weeks of a baby’s life.
When a baby breastfeeds, he/she can regulate the amount of milk flowing from the breast, but a bottle flows more rapidly. If the baby has been exclusively or partially bottle-fed and then expected to breastfeed, he/she might refuse to take the breast. This is sometimes called a "nipple strike”.
A mother might introduce the artificial nipple too early and then the baby might not want to drink from the breast anymore, because drinking from the bottle is so much easier.
The best thing to do is to keep your baby exclusively on the breast before introducing an artificial nipple for the first 6 weeks, this will get your own milk supply established and will allow your baby some time to learn, to breastfeed.
What about bottle feeding problems “Bottle confusion”?
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