My breast fed baby hates the taste of formula!

Jamie - posted on 05/16/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have a 4 month old daughter that I recently tried to give Similac formula because my milk supply was really low (and it still is!). She took a few sips and started gagging and wouldn't drink anymore, I'm pretty sure it's because of the taste of it. I smelled the formula and it does smell nasty, an irony smell to it, so I can see why she doesn't like it. It's a way different smell than breast milk. I don't want to switch her to formula right now, but maybe in the future I would like to especially if I'm not going to be producing enough milk. Is this something she can get past?? Has anybody had the same problem with their baby???

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Eleanor - posted on 01/28/2011

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im going into hospital this month and need my 7.5 month old to take formula but she has the same problem loves expressed milk or water frm a bottle but gags when u put formula in then completely refuses to open her mouth but i cant express in advance as im going to be on medication that i cant use while BF. no idea what to do

Gillian - posted on 05/16/2009

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Do u blame her? If shes growing and having wet nappies your producing enough milk have faith in the boobies :) I doubted myself with my 2nd and he had to have bottles this time I stayed positive and nearly 11 months on and a baby that wouldn't touch a bottle

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My daughters took a few formula bottles w/out any problem. The one time I tried to give my son a bottle of breastmilk he looked at me like I was nuts and started screaming. I never tried again. It wasn't a need for us though.

Rebecca - posted on 05/16/2009

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I have, I breastfeed all but once in the day (one bottle) and the first few weeks were very stressful, my advice is try different ones, we use enfamil and that is the one he likes best, make it nice and warm (he will still not touch it if it's cold) and be persistant, for that feed make it bottle they will take it, he would cry at first and I would switch back to breast then I realized he knew that and after a few days of not letting him have breast he stopped crying and now takes the bottle fine (when warm). It is something she can definitely get past but be ready for an some fussing because boob is what they are used to, just be persistent and she'll learn to take it

Rebecca - posted on 05/16/2009

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I have, I breastfeed all but once in the day (one bottle) and the first few weeks were very stressful, my advice is try different ones, we use enfamil and that is the one he likes best, make it nice and warm (he will still not touch it if it's cold) and be persistant, for that feed make it bottle they will take it, he would cry at first and I would switch back to breast then I realized he knew that and after a few days of not letting him have breast he stopped crying and now takes the bottle fine (when warm). It is something she can definitely get past but be ready for an some fussing because boob is what they are used to, just be persistent and she'll learn to take it

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