baby won't finish her bottles

Christina - posted on 03/01/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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she's 5 mths old and fighting us with her bottles - she has reflux but has been better since on axid and cereal in bottle and then she starting with the teething pains - pulling ears and holding cheeks - I tried changing nipples, orajel, motrin, vanilla extract. cloves, cold chewing toys - nothing seems to work but she seems to eat her bottles good at the daycare which makes no sense - i just started her on some cerael which she is liking more everyday but she is underweight and not getting enough calories from her bottles - doc has me concentrating her fourmula more - anyone have any ideas on how I can get her to drink bottles?

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Christina - posted on 03/04/2010

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she is eating a little better now all on her own but we go good a few days - maybe a week and she goes backwards again - thanks for all your comments

Emily - posted on 03/02/2010

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You mentioned her pulling her ears... have you had her checked for ear infection? It's often hard for them to eat when their ears hurt.

Other than that, I wouldn't force the issue. Babies are born with a natural mechanism to stop eating when they're full.. it's not a good idea to try to make them finish bottles or eat more than they need. How underweight is she? She may just be a petite person.. and feeding her more will put the weight on but won't necessarily be good for her if she's petite, know what I mean?

Jodi - posted on 03/02/2010

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I have recently had this problem with my daughter, she wasnt finishing her bottles she seemed to guts it down at 1st but then half way through would pull away and refuse the rest. I took her to the chiropractor who is qualified in babies and he fixed the problem, it was something to do with her tummy and a spasm which was equal to having lapband surgery which also caused her to bring up her food aswell he released the spasm and she was fine. She has recently gone off her food again and she will be going back to the chiro today but I suspect this time it has more to do with teething as she cut her 1st tooth yesterday. All this started at around 5mths also, she is 6mths today. I guess we have to remember that their digestive system is still maturing. How much does your little one weigh? I hope she gets better soon.



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I have found the tablets at whole foods and target so far. My girls push the bottle out with their tongue or bit the nipple when they are full. I try to just feed them until that point and then offer a bottle 2 to 4 hour later, or how ever long between feedings you normally wait. They do not always finish a bottle they eat what they need and are done weather that is 2 oz. or 6oz.. If she only takes half of whatever amount you have in the bottle than that might be all she need little babies do not drink a lot at once. They still have little everything including stomachs that do not hold a lot. So age wise she is 5 months but size wise she might still be at 3 or 4 months and or younger.

Christina - posted on 03/01/2010

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also she's on alimentum because she had colic - she seemed to like it when we switched and the gastro is having me add more powder but it's only like a quarter of scoop more - don't think it would be enough to change taste and I was having problems before this as well - reason for taking her to gastro was feeding issues and under weight

Christina - posted on 03/01/2010

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we took her into quiet room at night and that worked but in the morning it's already quiet and doesn't work - she only drinks half and than stops and won't let me put bottles back in mouth - I also don't have time to play games - I have to get ready for work so she ends up only getting half but she seems happy with it but i'm worried because she is too small - i have to find these teething tablets - I didn't see them in babies r us - what stores carry them? I will try the gum brushing too - she likes being held for feeds - I tried feeding her in the bouncy - she didn;t cry but just played with the nipple - biting it and pushing it out with her tongue but not sucking

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Hi, for teething pain try hyland's teething tablets you can find them in most stores in the baby section. Also get a tooth/gum brush and brush her gums after every time she does eat. It will help break down the gums to get the teeth in faster and the gums get irritated with food which can make teething even more uncomfortable. Also we use a product called Kid-e Col it is a mix of herbs but it helps with teething and upset tummy's. It works wonders! As far as the not eating issue try not holding her to feed her; put her in a bouncy seat or even on a pillow because may be the angle that you are holding her at is making the reflux worse? Or she just does not like to be held while she is eating. Check you water or the formula my kids are good at giving signals, spit out the food, refuse to drink, move head away, cry: when something does not taste good so may be the stuff you are using went bad or the mixture is incorrect. I have heard that not mixing the formula the way the can says to can make babies sick. I have tried using half of one type of formula and half of another but the correct ratio of scoops to water. Ask how the day care feeds her and copy how they so it. She is use to that and it is working so do what they do.

Laurie - posted on 03/01/2010

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Maybe you could try taking her into a quiet room incase she is distracted from drinking from the bottle. My daughter is easily distracted at feed times unless the room is quiet.

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