Most health professionals do not recommend feeding a baby from a
bottle until after about 4 to 6 weeks after birth so that breast-feeding can be
well-established. A baby who is fed with a bottle too soon may develop a
preference for the nipple of the bottle over the breast. This may occur because
less effort is needed to get milk through an artificial nipple.
Talk to your health professional if you wish to start feeding your
baby breast-milk from a bottle before he or she is 4 to 6 weeks old.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Mary Robbins, RNC, IBCLC - Lactation Consultant
Current as of
April 3, 2013
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