baby not taking formula..

Bindu - posted on 10/31/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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hi, my baby born on July 17th , she is not taking formula at all..i'm breast feeding her..but sometimes feel breast milk is not enough for her, so wanted to introduce some formula..We tried almost every formula in the market. But she is not taking it..She is crying by seeing the bottle itself..SHe is not taking bottle itself even it contains formula or breast milk..Please share your thoughts..

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Kasie - posted on 11/10/2010

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My son was born july 27th, I exclusively breast feed, and he eats alot. Why do you feel like just breast milk isnt enough? They get everything they need from your breast milk and if they keep crying when they're done, they sometimes just need to be burped or need a pacifier. Every time my son is done eating he always needs his paci to suck on so he gets fussy at the end of each feeding.

Jeannie - posted on 11/10/2010

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My baby was born July 13 and he does not like formula either. However, he will drink from a bottle just fine with breast milk but if the bottle has just formula in it he will not drink it. I would maybe first try to put breast milk in the bottle first. It seems like the issue is just not formula but also that she is not drinking from a bottle. Keep trying different bottles. I use the medela bottles because they have a wide nipple that is similar to the breast.

Also, like the above posters said try to have somebody else feed your baby with the bottle.

My son was introduce to bottles very early on so he is more accepting of bottles.

Why do you think your baby is not getting enough breastmilk? If she is gaining weight, at each doctor visit than she should be fine.

Best of luck to you!

Sarah - posted on 11/09/2010

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You should just continue breast feeding unless there is a specific reason you feel she is not getting enough. Just listen to your baby. Everything will fall into place.

Jennifer - posted on 11/05/2010

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My thoughts....stop using a bottle and continue with breast feeding. The MORE she nurses the MORE milk you make. There is nothing more comforting to her than her mama.
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Jayme - posted on 11/18/2010

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I was having the same prolblem with my 4 month old daughter. She didnt like the taste of any formula and definately wouldnt go near a bottle, so I started her on a little rice cereal and mixed it with formula so that she got to use to the taste. I ended up getting her a sippy cup from Heinz and she loves it. I think she wouldnt take the bottle because it was too much like the nipple. The stage 1 sippy cup works a treat

Sage - posted on 11/11/2010

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I breastfeed and use formula. I work and have a 4 year old so time does not allow me to breastfeed exclusively. On some days I find time to breastfeed all day. I find that the next day, she does not want a bottle at all. Even with formula. However, I agree totally with the women about the bottle. I use the Playtex Ventaire and she loves it. Bottles can be costly (as can formula!), but if you find a bottle your baby loves, it is such a relief after all the struggles. Good luck!

Connie - posted on 11/10/2010

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That is not neccessarily true. Some kids don't get enough from just breast milk. My daughter has both breast milk and formula since she is a large baby and has a large appetite. My daughter also won't take a soother, she hasn't from birth and she was born July 9th.

Melanie - posted on 11/10/2010

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I had a simmilar problem. Get someone else to give her the bottle then the smell of brest milk isn't there. I understand your frustration! Don't let anyone tell you that you should just keep feeding her breastmilk, it's not alway sbest. I breastfed for the first three months and had all sorts of problems after that. I tried to keep breast feeding to increase the supply but it did not work because I was too stressed about the whole situation, I also started my son on a llittle bit of farex and found that helped to settle him, maybe give that a go after a feed of formula or breast milk - good luck!

Connie - posted on 11/10/2010

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Talk to your pediatrician, but you could start giving the infant cereal now that your baby is almost 4 months old. That will help fill them up more during regular meal times (breakfast, lunch and dinner). They may not respond to the bottle due to the type of nipple being used, try using the brown ones, they form to the baby's mouth nicer.

Lauren - posted on 11/08/2010

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My son is the same way. He is having problems gaining weight, so they kept trying all kinds of formula to help him gain, but he actually got worse and refused to eat because he hates formula. Basically, I have just been continuously pumping because that is all he eats and it helps me measure out what he is eating to make sure he is getting enough.

Julie - posted on 11/07/2010

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keep with the breast milk, the more you nurse the more you'll produce and drink lots of water. in another month or so you can start rice cereal and that might help. If she wants to nurse all the time she might just be pacifying.

Michelle - posted on 11/04/2010

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Why do you think that she isn't getting enough breastmilk? Is she failing to thrive?
My daughter takes breastmilk in the bottle but we had to try a few different nipples before we found one she liked. Good luck!

April - posted on 11/03/2010

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If you've tried all forumlas then change bottles. I had trouble it my son he was bfed for 3 months then I went back to work. We used nuk and soothie bottles. Does she take a paci if so try that brand. Mix bm with formula. I had to supplement with my oldest but luckily was able to pump enough bm for my son. This time around I don't plan to use a bortlebc I'm not going to work we will start with a sippy cup. My baby was born 7-29.

Natasha - posted on 11/02/2010

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I was told by my health nurse that a breastfed baby may not take a bottle from its mother asthe baby can smell the milk on you maybe see if she will take the bottle from someone else until she gets used to it.

Krista - posted on 11/01/2010

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Change the bottle. Nuk has an awesome bottle with a nipple very much like that of the breast. As well, breastfed babies don't generally enjoy formula. Would you? I mean, have you smelled it lately? You really don't need to be concerned that breast milk isn't enough. Breast milk is better than formula. However, if you still want her to have formula, introduce it slowly. In a bottle, put mostly breast milk and some formula. If she likes that, gradually up the amount of formula until it's all formula.

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