Introducing the bottle to a 3 1/2 month old

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Does anyone have some great suggestions for introducing the bottle to 3 1/2 month old? Breast milk not formula. We are not having much luck at the moment.

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Susanne - posted on 01/14/2009

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I havent heard of many other moms using them but I have Gerber bottles, the have short nipples and taper out gradually, it was the closest thing to my nipples that I found. I also introduced the bottle early, but I fed the first bottle (breastmilk) out in public. Both my boys were sufficently distracted that they didn't notice the difference right away. Then I had someone else feed the next couple of bottles (also breastmilk) at home and now my little guy is taking a bottle of formula from me everyday!

User - posted on 01/12/2009

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I had the same issue with my second son. I used the medela bottles that came with the pump (you can also get them at buy buy baby or babies r us loose). They seemed to work best. Some people say the Adari works because its so much like the breast but in my close group, it didnt work for any of the moms. Most said the Medela ones worked. Good luck!

Sncha - posted on 01/13/2009

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i had this problem with both of my daughters.  my first daughter didn't take a bottle until she was 8 months old.  and she only took it because i had to go away for the weekend.  she refused the bottle for almost 24 hours and then drank it like a pro when she got hungry enough.  that was also the same weekend she slept through the night.  my second daughter didn't take a bottle until she was 5.5 months old.  (i know- i should have started her earlier.  its just such a pain to pump sometimes)  anyway, we tried it after she started sleeping through the night.  i nursed her before bed time and then when she woke up, i offered her a bottle.  she refused and then within three hours from when she woke up she took it.  i hope this helps.  oh, and for me, both babies didn't care which kind of bottle i gave them.

Tammie - posted on 01/13/2009

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Just be patient. It will happen with time. We didn't introduce the bottle until my daughter was 6 months old, and it went ok if my husband was feeding her and she couldn't see or hear me. She's been taking a bottle a day for 2 weeks now with me nursing her the rest of the time and she'll even take it from me now. Good luck!!!

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Thanks everyone for your support.... our little girl is now taking a bottle once a day..... Hooray!!!

Kara - posted on 01/14/2009

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I had a hard time with my second daughter.  We tried different nipples, other people feeding (not me)  nothing seemed to work.  She screamed like crazy every time.  Finally I layed her on the floor, sat in front of her so she could see me & she did it!  I've heard that if the child is too close to the breast they will still go for it.  I don't really know why this worked  either, but it did.  Good luck.  It is a bit of a mystery why certain babies won't do the switch.

Amanda-Rose - posted on 01/13/2009

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i found the best way to intoduce the bottle was just after breastfeeding when he is almost full. if u try to offer when he is hungry he will only want what is familiar. i used the playtex drop ins. it may take a while but he will become familiar with it.

User - posted on 01/13/2009

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I breast fed three... all of them for over one year, and I am also a doctor.  Two of the three refused the bottle and I wasted tons of money on various nipples and bottle systems.  The ultimate solution was the sippie cup.   I used my pumped breast milk, just like in a bottle.  I found that they took to it immediately, I guess because I wasn't tryint to trick them with a nipple.  I just held the cup myself and gently tipped it until they got a taste and then graduallly introduced it as a way to drink.  By the time they were five to six months, they were professionals and by six to eight, they were independently holding it themselves. 

Ginger - posted on 01/13/2009

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i had problems getting my daughter to take a bottle but we figured out that it had to be warm..really warm i always warmed them to what i thought to be about my body temp but she didn't like them finally momma warmed one up a little warmer and she took it fine. it pretty much has to be just cool enough that it won't burn her mouth. also what worked for us was whoever was feeding her to hold her, cuddle, and talk to her like i would do if i was breastfeeding her.

Suzanne - posted on 01/13/2009

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I had a lot of problems getting my daughter to take a bottle when I returned to work. Definately let someone else feed her, especially if you plan to continue nursing. You=Breast.



I bought Adiri bottles and those worked for my SIL who watched my daughter during the day. My husband has never had a problem with Avent bottles. I agree with warming the nipples

Ang - posted on 01/13/2009

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Patience and perseverance! It will be messy and you'll probably have to try a variety of nipples. We started our baby on the bottle (breastmilk only as well) around 2 weeks (some would say that's too early but it worked for us!) Also, we found the tempurature of the milk really made a difference. Our little guy likes the milk very warm (not hot of course!), if its cold or even cool he spits and sputters and cries. good luck, keep trying, and be patient.

Callula - posted on 01/13/2009

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patiencce is the main thing,it took my daughter a while. we found the tommee tippee bottles the best, and my husband had to feed her with me out of the room, i presume she could smell my breast milk. just be careful though cos she very quickly went of the breast once she was established on the bottle

Erin - posted on 01/13/2009

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I also had to leave the room and get someone else to give the bottle to my first son- he just wouldn't take it if he could smell me! this time for my second baby, I introduced a breastmilk bottle very early- just one at around 1 1/2 weeks old- and did it myself- so he gets useed to me doing it- but only very occasionally- I didn't want to confuse the issue...

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I breast fed both of my kids... My youngest was very finiky about bottles.  I would recomend trying different types of bottles.  Also - you should not try to give your baby a bottle, you should have someone else offer it, when the baby is not too hungry and in a good mood....  Neither of my kids ever took a bottle from me - they only wanted the breast... but they both took bottles from other people once they got used to it... :-) good luck

Deb - posted on 01/13/2009

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I find Pigeon brand bottles and teats the best, they are really soft and flexable. My children wouldn't use anything else.

Andrea - posted on 01/13/2009

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As another mom mentioned have another person introduce the bottle. Have them hold the baby in a semi upright position and angle the nipple of the bottle towards the roof of the mouth. This will allow baby to have a better control over how fast the fluid flows from the nipple. These are tips my lactation consultant gave me when we were introducing bottles to my son. Good luck and be patient.

Dewi - posted on 01/13/2009

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I had same problem before and had tried many types of bottle and nipples until i found Dr. Brown's, my baby likes it because the nipple is very soft and natural, also prevents colic. my baby is still using it until she's 15 mth now.

Christie - posted on 01/12/2009

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I have heard that the born free bottles work because they are shaped more like the breast. I would also try warming the nipples in warm water before attaching them to the bottle.

Pati - posted on 01/12/2009

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I had different types maybe try different nipples to some babies need a softer/weaker nipple in the beginning. The hospital was a good source for me, they gave me several different ones that I used on the glass bottles they gave me to find the one she took to best and then looked for the same pliability in other styles.

Kerry - posted on 01/12/2009

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Try having your husband, friend, mom or anyone but you giving the bottle to your baby. Because I primarily breastfed my first daughter she would not take a bottle from me when we first introduced a bottle. I would have to leave the room when my husband gave her a bottle, if I were anywhere near her she just wanted to nurse.

Maggie - posted on 01/12/2009

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I breastfed and easily switched with the playtex drop ins....I chose them because of the large nipple and it is the softest.

Michelle - posted on 01/12/2009

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have you tried the avent bottles they worked the best for my & my daughterwe has a tough time with breastfeeding but she did great with those bottles i know they sell them at walmart & target

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