i HAVE to get my baby to take a bottle but he WONT!

Sarah - posted on 09/20/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I need any suggestions about how to get my 15 week old son to take a bottle, ive tried expressing my milk, tried formula and different bottles but he just HATES it...I have 1 week to get him to take it coz im doing a 6hour nursing shift but it stresses him out if someone even puts a bottle/dummy to his mouth and i feel so bad

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Kelly - posted on 09/20/2009

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When i weaned my son he was only 6 weeks, but i switched to the playtex ventair advance, they have a wide bottle and the nipple is more like a mothers then the rest, those are the only ones my son would drink out of a first.....thats really the only advice i have, sorry i couldn't help more....good luck

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Skye - posted on 09/28/2009

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I breast fed both my babies. I am just returning to work today after my six week maternity leave. I use the playtex drop in bottles. My daughter (now 3) took to the bottle right away. My son had a little distaste for it of course because what's better than the comfort of momma's breast. Maybe try a few different bottle nipple.

Chelsey - posted on 09/28/2009

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I would try putting the bottle nipple over your actual nipple and see how that work and than transition fully to a bottle.

Deb - posted on 09/27/2009

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My daughter also fought the bottle. It took weeks before she would take one willingly and stopped screaming her head off every time we tried to give her one. We tried 4 different kinds of bottles and eventually landed on the Playtex Vent-Air. For awhile I would let her nurse for half a feeding and then make her take the bottle. She would protest for quite awhile but I knew she wasn't starving so we would just keep at it until she would take it. I also tried putting the nipple on my finger and letting her suck on it like a pacifier and that seemed to work. Good luck and hang in there!

Toni - posted on 09/23/2009

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What I have found that works-at least for my lil one who is almost 2 months old, is finding a nipple that mimics the mothers own nipple. I have used a product called Nu`by that you can find online on the toys R' Us web site. It helps with the transition from nursing to bottle feeding and back again. Only down side from doing both is that my lil one gets frustrated that it takes a minute for her to nurse rather then the bottles instant flow. Get a nipple that is slow flow and feed him the breast milk you express, that way your milk supply doesn't diminish and he is still getting the needed goodies that only mothers milk can give him. Hope this helps!!!!

Minnie - posted on 09/21/2009

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He HAS to have a bottle for one stint that you'll be away?

Why not a cup? Finger feeding? A syringe? Why does he HAVE to have a bottle?

Danielle - posted on 09/21/2009

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try putting him on your breast first then slip the bottle in, he might chew on it for a bit but then he should start sucking, it may take 3 or 4 goes but he can then realise what the bottle is for, its not just something that mum is shoving in my mouth when im hungry.

it worked for my daughter, worth a shot

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