Baby is refusing to drink his bottle.

Melissa - posted on 04/04/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Help! My baby is refusing to drink his milk. Has anybody else had problems with their baby going off their formula and if so any suggestions?

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Erin - posted on 04/06/2010

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i agree with the rest about the health professional since it could be anything.. How old is your baby, maybe wants something more satisfaction. A little farex can help if over 4months. Could be over-tired or need a different size nipple if he/she's getting frustrated with the flow-speed. My girl wouldn't move to step-3 S26 so we stuck with the step-2, have you changed recently? Hope you find your answer soon, every minute with a cranky bub can be hellish and send you under the table with your fingers in your ears so you can't hear the crying.. It can seem over simplistic but whatever you can do to keep your baby happy is worth it.

Melissa - posted on 04/05/2010

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Thankyou all for your help. I woke up today and he has started drinking again. I guess it must be teething but as you all know it can get very frustrating. Sometimes I wish he came with an instruction manual.

Erin - posted on 04/05/2010

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Definitely check with your doctor as there could be a multitude of reasons for a baby refusing to feed. He could be teething, or as Sarah said it could be an ear infection. Does he have a stuffy nose? That will also inhibit a baby's sucking.

Sarah - posted on 04/04/2010

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As Nikki said there could be many different reasons and it is best to check with your doc. If it has just been recently and if he is not wanting his bottle each feeding or only drinking a little bit of his bottle each feeding you might want to have his ears checked for an ear infection. The sucking motion puts preasure on his ears and makes them hurt if he has an ear infection so often times babies will not want to drink their bottle because of that. But this is just one reason there could be many different reasons.

Nikki - posted on 04/04/2010

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Hi Melissa, how long has he been off the formula? and how much less is he drinking than before? is he still having enough wet nappies? Have you checked his mouth for thrush? is he distracted or simply refusing? Sorry, answering a question with more questions here, but it could be several things, maybe you should get a check up with your doctor to check his weight and make sure he is not getting dehydrated. Have you tried giving him some water out of a cup to ensure he doesn't get dehydrated?

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