my four month old wont drink her bottle anymore what do i do ?

Ashly - posted on 09/08/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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She gets 7ounces each bottle, she has been on solid food for about a month and a half. Now this past week she has been not wanting her bottle, she will drink about 1 ounce and than spit and throw her bottle and she still needs her bottle, i just don't know what to do, She doesn't go back to the doctor's until October, please help.

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If she is eating solids, do not panick. 1 Ounce of food is like a huge sandwich to a baby. Milk is really filling. If you are on the milk plus as well, thats even more filling. It may be she has just had enough. 3 of my daughters guzzled until they were 6 months old but the eldest daughter however, wanted more solids. At first this worried me, (as she was my first) but my midwife at the time told me to up her solids, I gave her mashed banana and an ounce of water. I still continued to give her milk though, an ounce less, and felt better knowing that even when she rejected it, she still had a full tummy. You must give your baby water though, very important, but not as you would milk. Sit your baby up more and offer the water slowly as it flows much faster than milk. This should be done anyway when starting solids, to avoid dehydrating. If your baby has red rosey cheeks and hot to the touch and looks like she is pawing at her ears, chances are she is teething. Usually, something cold to chew on does the trick, teething ring from the fridge will help. Most importantly, do not panick, if your baby refuses milk, put the bottle down for half an hour and play with your baby or lay her down then try again. It's not a problem. Always be relaxed and give yourself time.

My apologies for waffling on, I have five baby's and have seen most things. The key is, just enjoy your baby's company. Never be afraid to ask for help, the offers only come for the first six months.

Good luck and be good to yourself.

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Fiona - posted on 09/13/2009

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try giving her milk from a normal cup without a lid. they can drink fine from that. if her gum's are sore a normal cup shouldn't hurt her because shes not biting down on anything. and if shes getting frustrated because the milk isn't coming out fast enough, a normal cup would eliminate that problem.

Jane - posted on 09/09/2009

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be sure she doesn't have a fever - ear infections make it painful for them to suck. her teeth may be bothering her. i let my kids gnaw before they eat when they're teething - a coffee spoon or a frozen piece of banana inside of a netting feeder. also, she may just want more of the food. my 7 month old doesn't drink a lot of milk anymore, 4 ounces at the most now. she wants mostly food - it's her favorite 4-lettered word. try the bottle after she's eaten a bit.

Samantha - posted on 09/08/2009

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try sugar water or juice bottles my daughter is 5 months and she was doing the same thing so I gave her a apple juice bottle and then i changed her formula to prosobe. so maybe try that!

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Hi there, see if the holes are fast enough in the teat of the bottle,if its blocked or she has to suck to hard she will give up....so buy a flaster flowinf teat ...if that fails to work i also agree with the other mums and sippy cup might be the trick...good luck..:-)

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Nazi - posted on 07/26/2012

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My 4 month old is doingthe same... She takes her bottel when she sleep...

But if i try to give her milk when she wakes up, she refuse.. M also concern

About her.. Just because of this i prefer alwz at home

Plzzz help me how can i help her...

Bridget - posted on 09/13/2009

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That happen to me. My girl had thrust Iberia her mouth and acid reflex. A lot of my friend have has that to and it has vwwb acid reflex at different levels.

Lori - posted on 09/12/2009

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As long as she is getting enough fluids in during the day that is all that matters. She will eat when she is hungry but infants that small do require a certain amount of liquid so just make sure she is not getting dehydrated.

Tessa - posted on 09/11/2009

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hi ashley, don't worry if she is only having a small amount of milk with her solids. prior to solids milk is a babies meal so offering her a full bottle in conjunction with them is like feeding 2 meals at once, and anybody would struggle to eat that. as new parents we don't realise that this "liquid" is actually food. i was exactly the same with my first. when all 4 of mine started eating solids i gave them juice with their meals and only actually gave them a bottle of milk at night time, but each baby is different.

Shauna - posted on 09/09/2009

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My son did the same thing. I started putting his formula in a sippy cup and he drank it that way. good luck!

Ashly - posted on 09/09/2009

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Thanks so much everyone, & yes i started feeding her solid food around three and a half months and she loves them my doctor told me too & i will try getting a sippy cup to help her, she doesn't cry or anything she just blows on the nipple and thanks again.

Samantha - posted on 09/08/2009

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no I didnt check with my ped. i just gave it too her and she's fine she's only had an ear infection last week but also i have a friend whos on wic and they give solids at 6 months and also its also says in there like um brochure says that if they are like 4 or 5 months old and show intrest inwhat your eating then that means they are ready for real food

Brittany - posted on 09/08/2009

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My pediatrician didn't want me feeding solids until he was about 5 1/2 months old. Did you make sure you checked with your pediatrician before you started feeding it to her? Every doctor is different. Back when my son was about 4 1/2 months old he would only drink an ounce or so and then refuse the rest. I immediately took him in to see if something was wrong and sure enough he had acid reflux. I have also heard it could be a sign of ear infection as well. If I were you, I would try getting her in soon to see whats up. Solids are only supposed to be supplement. Until they are 12 months, breast milk or formula should be the main part of their diet.

Hillary - posted on 09/08/2009

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Around 4 months is when my daughter's gums got really sensitive, she would take about 1-2 ounces and then stop drinking. I have also heard that refusal of a bottle is also a symptom of an ear infection...if she has been pulling at her ears you might want to go ahead and take her to the doctor. I agree that it might also be a phase. These kinds of problems are really just guess work, just try to keep her hydrated, whether it is just cup-feeding, sippy cup, or that 1 ounce from the bottle.

Jennifer - posted on 09/08/2009

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Is the nipple flowing fast enough for her? She might be getting frustrated because she's not getting the liquid fast enough. Try upping the flow stage of the nipple. My daughter started wanting faster flowing bottles when she started solids. I also agree with Amy- you can always try a sippy cup too. They do make some that can be used for babies- birth and up.

Amy - posted on 09/08/2009

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Try using a Nuby sippy cup. They have a soft top like a bottle and some have two big handles for little ones to grab on too. Its what she's drinking that is important not what she's drinking out of. It could also just be a phase, next week that could be all she wants. Hope this helps

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