My 6 month old baby refusing bottle..soon have to join work...ANY TIPS!!!

Manisha - posted on 09/23/2014 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi, my 6 month baby is ebf. I am trying to give her bottle of my expressed milk from 4th month but she is constantly refusing. Sometimes she would chews, plays with it but never sucks. Even if she sucks..that would be twice or thrice and then she throws it. I have tried everything..All possible nipple type..dad and babysitter offering bottle..me outside house..but all in vain. She cries hard and after some time she sleeps. She wakes up hungry and now cries even harder but wont take the bottle. This can go on for 4-6 hrs until i give in and feed her. Moreover she is not showing any interest in solids and does the same when given solids. I have to return to work but am very worried about her feedings. Please help me...

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Benazir - posted on 09/29/2014

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Hi manisha! I don't think there's any medical problem here or need to consult your doc, I think your baby is just very attached to you and prefers breastfeeding than any kind of bottle like any other baby. I have been breastfeeding my daughter since day 1. She's now 1 1/2 still bf but she's also eating and drinking like a big girl now. I didn't have to wing her off because I'm a stay at home. However I did attempt to wing her off at 6 months and I started with expressing milk and mixing half breast milk with half formula (since she hated formula) and I would do it from a bottle, without the nipple. So like if she's drinking from a cup but not with a straw or nipple. And she would take sips. That's how I got her to start drinking on her own, it seems to them fun, something new, and most little ones like to do what mommy does. Then gradually start increasing more formula than breast milk if you're going to give formula only. And, keep insisting. Try cups, try a straw and teach how to suck, and you do it so your baby mimics you. She won't starve herself, she will eventually eat when she is hungry and sees she cant be bf. :)

Benazir - posted on 09/27/2014

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My daughter is ebf as well! I tried giving her from the bottle at 6 months and she also refused. I tried the dippy cup and there she learned to suck from a straw.. Have you tried a sippy cup? :) - btw still bf and my girl is 1 1/2 years old lol!

Brandi - posted on 09/27/2014

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Yea but she said she's fine if she drinks straight from her breast so I would think if it were medical then she wouldn't drink then either

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Manisha - posted on 09/29/2014

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hi benazir..I have tried sippy cups but she wont take from that too...could u please tell me u gave breast milk or formula..and how did you do dat..

Ana - posted on 09/27/2014

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Did you take her to the Dr?

I would say take her in to be seen to be sure her little belly doesn't hurt, or something else is bothering her..

It may not be the milk or the nipples at all....

Brandi - posted on 09/26/2014

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The Tommie tippie is the closest from what I heard and dr browns wide neck bottle it's probably second

Manisha - posted on 09/25/2014

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well i dont know exactly but now i have already tried the nipples which are present here. which nipples are closest to natural ones..can u suggest me

Brandi - posted on 09/25/2014

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Well that makes it a lot harder haha is there anything like those brands there?

Manisha - posted on 09/25/2014

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No i have not tried them...actually i am not able to get them as at my place they are not available in shops. I sometime feel very helpless as I have read that these are very good nipples to make transition from breast to bottle..but cant find them..

Brandi - posted on 09/25/2014

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Have you tried using a bottle with a more realistic nipple? Like Tommie tippie? Or the wide bottle of dr.browns?

Manisha - posted on 09/25/2014

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its not the case. I have given her freshly expressed milk..it just she does not want to drink it from bottle..i guess its the nipple which is making this huge difference.

Brandi - posted on 09/25/2014

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The milk might be too old for her, if she will happily drink right from you then it might just be that she wants fresher milk, some babies can be much more pickey

Manisha - posted on 09/24/2014

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Thank you for your concern. i have tried cups also..she does not let me bring anything near her mouth when she is hungry..she just want to be breastfed...this is very upsetting. My daughter nurses 3-4 times during day. For me it is not possible to come during lunch or break time as my workplace is about 15 kms away and I have to cross the whole city..But I have talked to my babysitter and she agreed to come with me at my workplace which has a small creche, although not a good one but I have no other option...I am planning to bring her for about 2-3 months..until she is good on solids..lets see how she respond to this plan of mine...FINGER CROSSED!!!

Chet - posted on 09/23/2014

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This is a really frustrating situation, but you aren't out of options yet.

Try sippy cups (with the valve and without), or even giving her expressed milk in a regular cup.

Contact your local chapter of the LLL and look up information online for reverse cycling. Some of what you'll find is information about how to break the habit of reverse cycling when babies start doing it on their own, but some mom's encourage it when they return to work.

The solids situation can change very suddenly. Our third went from only playing with food to eating everything in weekend.

Also, how often is your baby nursing? Would it be possible for your babysitter to bring your daughter to you at lunch and breaks to nurse? Or could you go to the baby during your lunch break to nurse?

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