breastfed baby who won't take bottle

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Hello well I'm new to this site but I have a question any suggestions would very much be appreciated. I breastfeed my daughter everyday all day lol but I would like and really need for her to take a bottle rather it be breast milk or formula she doesn't/won't take a bottle I have tried different bottles I have had others in the family to try when I'm home and not the doctor even gave me a medicine cup and syringe to try and feed her that way.The first two/three weeks home she was taking the bottle she had at the hospital please Help

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Carrie - posted on 07/10/2009

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have you tried putting shields over your nipples so she gets used to the silicone feel, and my son would not take a bottle either, untill i came accross tommie tippe back to nature, which is alot softer and more nipple like than others, for 2 days he screamed but i didn't give in, i couldn't because only one breast was working and he was not getting enough milk so was feeding every 1 hour!

Sarah - posted on 07/06/2009

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This is probably totally obvious, but kinda like the "is it plugged in?" question of non-working appliances....what temperature are you giving it to her at? Breast milk is nice and warm; she may be very particular about the temperature, and too hot or too cool may disturb her. Have you tried pumping and giving that to her immediately?


Not sure what else to tell you to help, but I do remember a mom at one of my baby showers that gave me a Nuk sippy cup, and told me that her daughter would never take a bottle, even when little; she would only take one of those sippy cups. Might try that instead.

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Adisalem - posted on 07/23/2009

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My 22 week old daughter is breastfed. She was taking a bottle of breastmilk from her daddy every evening. After returning from a visit to my parents for a couple of weeks (without any bottles), she went on a bottle strike...screaming when she would even see it. I use Medela bottles. I switched from the slow flow to the medium flow wide based nipple. It didn't seem to help. My pediatrician told me that I need to leave the house and not be anywhere near my daughter when someone tries to give her a bottle. (I had always been in the house but in another room.) Sure enough, leaving the house worked! She did put up a fight the first time...but then my husband put the bottle away and waited awhile. When he tried again (and she realized that I still wasn't anywhere to be seen..LOL), she took the bottle. She still doesn't always finish a bottle sometimes she will only drink enough to take the edge of her hunger like (2 ounces), but at least her strike is over because I am going back to work in August and she needs to take bottles of expressed milk.

Paula - posted on 07/12/2009

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I had the same issue for quiet some time. I found that Shaela will no matter what not take a bottle if it is formula she just wont do it. Second if I was in the room she would also not take it I left the room and let dad try to feed her and finally when she was hungry enough she took it.

Nicole - posted on 07/12/2009

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My little girl is breastfed as well and I had a hard time trying to give her a bottle. She refused the bottle every time and would cry and cry. I heard about a bottle called Adiri. It is shaped like a breast and soft like a breast. It is the only bottle she will drink out of. It costs about $15 for one bottle, but it is so worth it. Good luck to you!!

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You tried different bottles but have you tried completely different styles of nipples? My son is SUPER fussy about nipples and pacifiers. Have you tried rubber as well as silicon? Different shapes, sizes. More importantly, different flow rates. My daughter was still using a bottle for milk at 4 years old but refused to used fast flow nipples. Flow could be too fast or too slow. Have you tried skin on skin contact while attempting a bottle to get the baby used to it?

Christina - posted on 07/10/2009

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My Daughter doesn't take a bottle either. She will take the sippy cup though. So we bought a bottle with the same top. She will take it with water in it ... milk .. not so much ...BUT she will take the sippy cup with milk sometimes. Try a sippy cup .. or even a regular cup. My mom sometimes lets her drink my milk from a regular cup. The only time it really doesn't work is for the night feeding ... she just wantd to BF.

Carrie - posted on 07/10/2009

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have you tried silicone nipple shields so she can get used to the silicone feeling, and i use closer to nature tommie tippe bottles, jaden was the same, he screamed for two days, you have to be strong and not give in, he was using my nipple as a dummie!

Joyce - posted on 07/07/2009

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My son is also very particular, only wanting mommy. He did take the breastflow bottles and nipples better. Now that I am back to work he is refusing those from his daddy as well, like the other gal said he would only take the bottle at the "perfect" temperature. When my sister was helping me she would have to reheat it after he only ate a few ounces...very picky. Thank goodness I am only working 4 hours at a time for now as he won't eat at all and cries the entire time I am away...it kills me. Good luck!

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