Breast to bottle feeding

Vanessa - posted on 01/09/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hello everyone! My 5 month old refuses to drink from a bottle. I've tried everything from different nipples, bottles & positions. Any suggestions?

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Rachel - posted on 01/11/2009

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My oldest son would take breast or bottle. It did not matter as long as he was fed. Our daughter however was a different story. She never took a bottle. When she was around four to six months old I tried a sippy cup. She was very interested in it. (it probably had something to do with our son carrying one around all the time) Eventually she weaned herself to the sippy cup. I think she liked being able to feed herself. I wasn't planning on weaning her yet but it happened anyway. Our youngest is turning out just like our daughter except that he would take a bottle at first. We even took a four day vacation and left him with my parents.(I pumped for the entire trip) After that trip he quit taking a bottle. Now I am trying a sippy cup with handles and a flexible nipple. He is interested so maybe soon I can leave him for more than a couple of hours. I plan on breastfeeding until he is a year old but it would be nice for him to take a bottle occasionally. All the suggestions above sound good. Try the sippy cup also.

Barbara - posted on 01/11/2009

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i would try by starting your baby on your breast but have a bottle beside you, ready to go.  once baby has latched on and has had a bit of your milk, try unlatching and "sneaking" the bottle into his/her mouth.  this may or may not work, your baby might still notice the difference, but it's worth a shot!  i tried this when i first tried my son on a bottle and it worked.  good luck!

Heather - posted on 01/10/2009

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are you talking about refusing to drink your breastmilk from a bottle or formula.??? because theres a big difference. if your trying straight formula, hes not going to take it.. it would help if you mixed your breastmilk and formula together. you have to gradually get him used to the taste of it. i would do 1 ounce formula to 3 ounces of breastmilk. and then slowly increase the formula and decrease the breastmilk. but if he just doesnt take a bottle even with your breastmilk in it, try putting some in a medicine dropper, and just slowly squeeze some into his mouth, let him swallow, and when he starts to suck on the dropper, get a bottle and do the same thing, he'll get the hang of it. its very difficult at first because they basically have to learn what to do with it. mine is in the same boat.. no bottles. just breastmilk, but im going to have to go back to work soon, and my 5 month old has never had formula or a bottle. so shes going to start from scratch. but i had to do all this with my oldest one too.

i spoke to many lactation consultants. they helped me so much

Dalila - posted on 01/10/2009

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My son will take the bottle just as he's drifting off to sleep... eyes closed. He also likes when the nipples are warm but seems to be relatively indifferent on the temp of the milk as long as it's not ice cold... Good luck and know that it may seem impossible now - but he'll be fine!

Michelle - posted on 01/10/2009

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Have you tried the First Year's bottles with "Breast Flow Technology"? I have used those with Haley since she was about 4 weeks old. They have allowed us to do a combination of breast feeding and bottle feeding without any issues, plus she has beautiful chubby cheeks since she has to work harder. The other suggestion I have is to make sure the milk in the bottle is warm.

Vanessa - posted on 01/10/2009

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Unfortunately I've tried this as well, but she still refuses. I'm at a loss....

Brendy - posted on 01/09/2009

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plus leave the room your baby can smell your milk from 20 ft away.. I read that also. Try warming the nipple to the bottle and put alittle breast milk on the nipple.

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have u tried having someone else feed him from the bottle? i've read that can help w/the transition.

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