Bottle help for breast fed baby

Jamie - posted on 11/18/2008 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 9 weeks old and is exclusively breast fed. I waited until she was 3 weeks old to introduce the bottle for fear of nipple confusion. She was not confused at all because she wanted nothing to do with it. We tried for about a week and pretty much gave up. Last week I decided to try again so I went out and bought every bottle I could find --- even that one that looks like a boob. We've tried a few different ones but she just won't take it. She screams her head off and gets super mad. I'm not even in the room --- either my husband or my mom is giving it to her. We've tried when she's super hungry and when she's not real hungry. In the beginning of a nursing session and in the middle of a session. I'm going back to work in 8 weeks so I have to get this under control. Is anyone else having these issues? Any suggestions? How many times should I do it with the same bottle before trying a new one? HELP!!!

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Katie - posted on 11/23/2008

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Let someone else giver the bottle. I spent days preparing formula and breast milk in a thousand different ways and nothing. I was even at a point where I was trying a small medicine dispenser cup, a sippy cup, and even a syringe which she would just spit the milk right back out of her milk). IF in the rare case she won't take it from anyone, contact a lactation specialist. They can give you some info on some special devices you can use!

Katie - posted on 11/23/2008

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I JUST got my daughter to FINALLY take a bottle after two weeks!!! I tried everything I could find on-line and also bought about 7 different bottles. Every child is different. As hard as it may be, you need to let someone you trust takr her for a couple of hours. That is what I had to do. My sister took her to her house. I sent all 7 bottles, a bottle warmer, and both breastmilk AND formula. She resisted the bottle at first, but my sister was finally able to get her to take it by putting her in the travel swing in front of the TV and kind of doing a "sneak attack" behind her. It was a miracle! She even got her to take a pacifier which I still can't get her to do. Another thing I did was sent with her a shirt that I had worn the night before to keep close to my baby. My daughter is taking a Dr. Brown's bottle and still refuses any other kind of bottle. Most of the time it's breastmilk and always warmed in the bottle warmer. I know what you're going through. I cried in frustration many times because I was so scared of going back to work. The reality is (as you've probably already been told) is that babies will not starve themselves. They also may NEVER take a bottle from Mama. My daughter is finally taking a bottle from me, but not everytime and she definitely prefers the breast. Good luck! You and your baby will do it, but you;ve got to give her to an experienced caregiver who you trust and who has a lot of patience.

Jaime - posted on 11/22/2008

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Just keep trying. Pick one bottle and stick with it. Keep offering it multiple times a day, but don't force it on her. Hopefully she will get more used to it and give it a try. Are you feeding expressed breast milk or formula? The breast milk is definitely a better idea for now. Try not to get too frustrated, just keep being persistent.

Becky-Lynn - posted on 11/20/2008

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I breast feed but my daughter she had the bottle a couple times and now once or twice a day because I am back to work part time. My daughter loves the soothie bottle but I know she would rather be breast feeding.

Kathryn - posted on 11/20/2008

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is the milk your trying exspressed or formula? i was reading some where and it says if you do full breast milk the over time do half and half then just do complete formula and what kat was saying worked really well when introducing the bottle to ollie if you hold them like you would nurse they get tricked easily also you could introduce a dummy so she gets use to different sucking techniques and not just the breast

Kat - posted on 11/18/2008

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have you tried feeding her with a bottle yourself my milk started to dry up and someone told me a good way to trick your baby is to be the one to feed them so they believe it's straight from you..i found heating the milk up a little helped me too just a couple of minutes so it's as warm as her bath might do the trick

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