How can i get my baby to take a bottle?? She refuses anything except nursing.

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Autumn - posted on 02/23/2009

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My doctor actually told me to try sippy cups even tho she is so young....you can get the kind with the soft spout, they are pretty slow flowing, but my baby still wont even take that.  I want to nurse! I love it, same way, my first one didnt really like it and i had a hard time with it, but it would just be nice to be able to go out once in a while and not have to wait until late at night when she is already in bed.

Ana - posted on 02/22/2009

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I am totally having the same problem.  I've tried everything mentioned here and still my baby girl refuses the bottle; she's almost 6 months old and only wants to nurse.  I'm happy she's doing so well with it especially because my first two I only nursed for 2 months.  I guess I'll just have to keep trying with her until she gets interested and/or she'll probably be ready for sippy cups once she's sitting up on her own.  

Karen - posted on 02/22/2009

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This isn't very helpful...but it was good for me to hear I wasn't the only one with that problem....that has actually turned into a blessing for me.  I was so worried about breastfeeding (because it didn't go so well with my first two-barely 2 weeks!), but I've done so well that she won't take a bottle.  I had tried to give her a bottle starting about 2 weeks before my 6 week appt. and she just wouldn't take it.  I tried to get my Dr to sign the paperwork to keep me out longer and he refused saying it wasn't medically necessary, so I let my work terminate me....Its strange to not be working, but I love being the main provider for my little girl...kind of making up what I couldn't do with my other two.

Tricia - posted on 02/22/2009

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Other options would be an eye dropper or a finger feeder  Also, something that didn't work a week ago might work now.  And honestly, some BFing babies just shuffle their schedules so they don't have to take bottles: they'll sleep during the work day and get their feedings in at night..

Jessica - posted on 02/22/2009

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Wow...I'm sorry it sounds like a real problem. I guess you could also try giving her only a bottle and not breastfeeding her, but then you might run the risk of her stopping breastfeeding. Have you tried calling a La Leche expert. They might be able to help.

Autumn - posted on 02/22/2009

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She was born October 1st, so almost 5 months old.  Yeah, i've tried feeding her too.  and actually we started with the avent bottle and nipple.  We have tried everything from gerber, to nuk, to soothie, to avent, all with different nipples, and different flows, we've tried a sippie cup, dribbling it into her mouth slowly out of a cup....it seems like nothing works.  She started out taking a bottle about once a week while i go clean houses, but she just started this refusing about a month ago, she is also scared of other people, i think deep down it might be a social thing, she needs to be socialized more, but not sure how that would have anything to do with taking a bottle and why it suddenly changed....and my pediatrician is no  help at all.

Jessica - posted on 02/22/2009

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How old is she?? The older they are the harder it is for them to learn a new trick. Have you tried giving to her? It could also be the nipple you are using. I use Avent nipple. They are made for breastfed babies so the flow is not too fast.

Autumn - posted on 02/22/2009

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Thanks for the advice.  But unfortunetly we have tried all that already.  She has been fed by many people, all when i am not in the room.  Yep, i am using pumped breastmilk. Let me know if u have any other advice.  Thanks again.

Jessica - posted on 02/22/2009

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Have someone else give the bottle. Do it when the baby is happy...not so hungry that she's crying. Get out of the room. If baby can't see you then she'll be more apt to take the bottle. Just keep trying..it'll happen eventually. Are you using pumped breastmilk or formula?? If you are using formula, try to mix breastmilk with it. Hope this helps!

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