It’s usually best to try to avoid giving your baby a bottle for the first 3 to 4 weeks after your baby's birth. This gives you and your baby time to get good at breast-feeding. Then, once you have a good milk supply, you may want your baby to get used to bottle-feeding so that other people can feed your baby some of the time. Some breast-fed babies readily accept a bottle, while others may resist a new way of feeding. Breast-fed babies may be more likely to accept a bottle if it is offered by someone other than the mother. If the nursing mother tries to give the bottle, the baby may protest and turn toward the breast to nurse. On the other hand, some breast-fed babies accept the bottle better when they are in their mother's arms and can hear her voice.
Here are some ways to help your baby accept a bottle.