My 13-month-old struggles with bottles. Please help!

Jennifer - posted on 05/27/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 13-month-old baby boy really struggles with drinking from a bottle. He does eat solid foods now, but he still likes a few bottles throughout the day (usually to kind of top him off after eating solids). This has been a struggle since he was born, and I am at my wit's end. He was born tongue tied and with his two bottom teeth. I tried breast feeding for four months, and it was a disaster the entire time. I've used a bottle since then, and that has been almost equally as disastrous. I spend anywhere from eight to ten hours per day feeding him. He eats slowly and is frustrated the entire time. He will flex his body and wiggle around. He also fusses and cries intermittently. I spend almost all of this time shushing him and singing or humming. But he doesn't want anything else but to be fed (trust me, I've tried everything), and he is extremely fussy if I don't try to feed him. I've tried every bottle imaginable, every position to hold him, anything that might calm him a bit, etc. At ten months old he has his tongue snipped to rid him of being tongue tied. That surgery did absolutely nothing. My doctors (I've now seen three) have had no advice and don't seem to see why this is such a big deal. (I work two jobs where my kid tags along and go to school full-time, so I am always in a huge time crunch.) Now that I've moved, I no longer have insurance. I've used the Internet to search everything I can think of, but I can't seem to find any similar situations. Has anybody gone through this or seen something similar? Any advice? I really need any ideas people may have as I'm not sure how much longer I can watch my kiddo so frustrated.

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Sarah - posted on 05/27/2013

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This may be of no help, but have you tried a sippy cup or even a regular cup? I am not sure how that works with his tongue, but he is old enough to be on the cup. Maybe worth a try.

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