There are a multitude of reasons why a mother might decide to make the transition from breast milk to formula. Whatever her reasons may be, learning how to transition a baby to formula might turn out to be trickier than she imagined before giving it a try. It's all milk, right? Can your baby even tell the difference? It depends.
Even though formula is designed with all of the nutrients your baby needs to be healthy, it will taste differently to them, making the switch more difficult than you'd planned. Every baby is different and some make the transition easily, while others take a little bit of coaxing. Either way, it can be done with the right "strategies."
Some parents decide to stop breastfeeding at the six month mark, when they begin introducing solids, while others wait until the FDA recommended one year mark. Others, however, introduce formula early on because of issues with milk supply, scheduling conflicts, or other reasons altogether. Whatever the case may be, having a few tricks up your sleeve can help facilitate a smooth transition from nursing to bottle and from breast milk to formula, regardless of how old your baby is or why you're making the switch.