What you need to do is to separate the issue of falling asleep from feeding. There are a couple of ways that you can do this. In general you should go ahead and give a baby this age a bottle before she goes to sleep, and you can combine this with some quiet activity such as looking at a little picture book while the baby is on your lap. Once the baby has finished the bottle she should be somewhat drowsy, though still awake, and at that point you can pick her up and put her in the crib awake, and allow her to fall asleep on her own. This can be difficult and often babies will start to cry. However, if you use some reassurance, pat her a little bit, or hum a quiet song, usually within a few days you can get her to learn how to fall asleep without sucking on the bottle. There are a couple of good books available that discuss sleep in children and how to manage sleep problems. You can find them at most bookstores.
Bottles and Baby Teeth
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