My child is eight months old and won't take a bottle or cup. I’m returning to work, what should I do?

Answer

We frequently hear how stressful it is when parents are returning to work, and a baby won’t take a bottle or cup. Most lactation experts recommend establishing breastfeeding before introducing a bottle to avoid nipple confusion at 4 to 6 weeks of age. If a bottle hasn’t been introduced, begin working on it four plus weeks before it’s mandatory that the baby drinks from a source other than the breast. The steps in this article are ideas to try, but a personal consultation with a lactation expert may be needed.