My 5,5 month baby-girl doesn't want to eat anything but breastfeeding

Irma - posted on 01/06/2016 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hi,
I was hoping get some advice here. My baby breastfeeds only and doesn't want to take anything else (solid foods, my milk from the bottle). I have tried with homemade foods, with baby foods from store... And the bottle, she only chews on it as it apparently feels good for her gums, but when my milk comes out of it, she just spills it out. I really have to get back to work in 10 days and I am desperate. If you have any advice on how to overcome this, I would be very grateful.

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/07/2016

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Hi Irma, I went through the same thing with my daughter. She ONLY wanted breast milk from the tap. No bottle, didn't want solids until over 8 months old or so, and BF until she was 15 months. She wouldn't take a bottle with me there, or if I was gone, hungry, starving, or just wanted soothing she wouldn't take one. Pump as much as you can, and store it. Offer her your milk on a spoon without anything else added to it and see if that peeks her interest. Try having someone (with one of your shirts that smells like you) offer a bottle of BM while you are gone. Make sure the nipple flow is correct for her size so it isn't a struggle for her to suck, but doesn't come so quick that she gags on it. Good luck love. It is a hard struggle, but you will both make it through!

Sarah - posted on 01/07/2016

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A few more suggestions, try the Mimijumi Very Hungry bottle, they aren't cheap so buy one and see if she takes it. Also, you need to be completely out of sight and let someone else feed her. If you are around she is going to want what you've got! Try the bottle when she is content, maybe a bit hungry but not starving. Good luck, keep us posted.

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Irma - posted on 01/07/2016

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Thank you :)
She is obviously one of those kids. We haven't tried sippy cup, I hope we can find one here (B&H) and give it a try.
Something will work eventually, I am just so worried.
Thank you for finding time to try to help. :)

Dove - posted on 01/07/2016

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But if she won't eat solid foods... you don't have much of a choice either.

Has whoever watches her when you are not there tried a sippy cup w/ your milk?

I understand your conflict here and yes, you do certainly have to find a way that she will eat something while you are gone. I wasn't trying to put you on the defensive. I just know from personal experience that not all kids are ready to eat solids at 6 months... some aren't ready til close to a year.

Good luck!

Irma - posted on 01/07/2016

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Well, I am off to work in 10 days, so she has to start eat something and in 10 days she is turning 6 months, so it is time to start her on solid foods anyway. I don't give her bread or snacks. We started with cooked organic apple mixed with my milk, with one spoon, just so she could taste it (one spoon). I am well aware of her age, but I don't really have a choice with her refusing my milk in the bottle.

Irma - posted on 01/07/2016

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Yes, it is my breastmilk in the bottle and I wouldn't even trying to give her solid food if she accepted the bottle. And we have tried that - to give her bottle when I am not there for coople of times, but it hasn't work, she would just be hungry and crancky until I show up. But thank you :)

Dove - posted on 01/06/2016

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She shouldn't be having anything other than breast milk or formula at this age anyway... so that's a good thing that she won't eat it.

Sorry I don't have any helpful tips w/ the bottle issue though.

Jodi - posted on 01/06/2016

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That's normal. Babies aren't generally ready for solid foods until 6 months. Some, even older (my daughter really didn't take to solids until she was 8 months).

Is it your breastmilk in the bottle? How long have you tried her on bottles for. Maybe she needs you to be away for a bit in order to drink the bottle - at the moment she knows she has milk on tap when you are there.

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