breastfed baby not taking bottle

Sia - posted on 03/19/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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We have been trying to give my breastfed 7 weeks old pumped milk in a bottle for 2 weeks now to no avail. Well, he took it once. I am worried that he won't eat when I return to work and I will be away from him for at least 10 hours(work, picking up brother and travel time included) I would like to continue to breast feed him, but I do have to work...no other option. Has any once else has this problem? Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Any advice please.

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Jeanette - posted on 03/21/2009

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You can also try different positions with your baby. Some babies like to be held as if being nursed, but some like to be facing outwards. Try something totally different. You can also try giving the breast milk with a spoon or an eye dropper. That may also help, and if baby gets too frustrated, then baby may take the bottle.

Dena - posted on 03/21/2009

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I read that Advent bottles with a newborn nipples are one of the best ones.  My son would take breastmilk from it, but not formula.  That is until I was in a car accident and he had no choice.  Don't know if it helped that I wasn't the one feeding him.  I was able to give him breastmilk from a bottle.  I'd say try a couple different nipples and let someone else do it.  Good luck.  I think I was lucky...Adam is a little porker and certainly would not miss a meal!  Hee hee!!

Justine - posted on 03/20/2009

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I agree with Rhonda...my baby won't eat from a bottle if she knows I'm near. We use playtex drop in bottles and she does good with those. I have been back at work for a few weeks and everything is fine for her feedings. Give it a shot!

Rhonda - posted on 03/20/2009

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Are you giving him the bottle? Some babies won't take bottle from mommy because they know you have the boobies...have someone else give him the bottle while you are not in the room - if he can see, hear and/or smell you he will want you. Hope it works!

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