Help! Baby wont switch from breast to bottle

Christina - posted on 08/18/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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Need 10 week old baby to switch from breast to expressed breastmilk in bottle but she wont take it....help!

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I just had the same exact problem with my little girl! She did eventually take it, and now it's like there never was a problem. Every day at daycare I would feed her when I dropped her off, then 3 hours later, then the next feeding the teachers would try to give her a bottle... it wasn't pretty... but eventually she took it. It took around 3 weeks for her to figure it out. She really just didn't know how to suck on the nipple. It really wasn't an issue with me being in the room or me giving it to her, she just didn't know what to do. So I would recommend trying to give her a bottle, the same type of bottle, at the same time every single day until she figures it out. Or have someone else give it to her. Daycare used Playtext Drop-ins, Orthodontic Nipples. I couldn't find them in the store though, I had to order them online at Amazon.com. They do come in th Playtex 18 bottle pack, but that is $18 when you just need 1 nipple! Good luck...

Bea - posted on 08/19/2009

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I've never tried this bottle, but I've found it while browsing the web one day and found it to be quite unique and really does resemble the breast of a mother. You should look into it. The bottle is called Adiri Natural Nurser....if you do try it, let me know how it works, I'm curious to get some feedback. It's won some awards too Medical Design Excellence for 2008 and iParenting Media Awards Greatest Products of 2008.

Jolene - posted on 08/19/2009

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Have you tried several different brands of bottles? I had the best luck with the Gerber Nuk bottles, they are shaped most like the mothers nipple. HTH

Sarah - posted on 08/19/2009

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I have a 9 week old and am having the same problem, she will take a bottle after fussing for ages then will throw it all back up 20mins later, is hard to deal with as have had mastitis and want to try to stop breast feeding!! Almost at wits end

Evette - posted on 08/18/2009

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Keep in mind that breast milk is just the right temperature, so make sure to get the expressed milk warm enough before giving it to baby.

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Stephanie - posted on 08/30/2009

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We had luck with Nuk Nipples, but mine olnly likes the latex which are hard to find. There is a difference between latex and silicone

Christina - posted on 08/29/2009

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I tried that bottle. It didnt work for us at all. I thought it would as it is built completely different as the nipple and bottle are one piece. Had no luck with it though

Christina - posted on 08/29/2009

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Dont want to switch her for all feedings, just if need to go out, more so had a wedding to go to. Finally got her to accept a bottle 2 days before the wedding. Gerber Nuk were the ones that ended up working.

Christina - posted on 08/29/2009

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Tried the Adrini bottle that was mentioned....cost abour $16.99 and she hated it!

Stephanie - posted on 08/26/2009

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I work full time and we have some over night trips that she needs to take a bottle for. It is also nice for Dad to be able to feed her and have the bonding time. Then I get time to spend with my 2 1/2 year old son.

Rhianwen - posted on 08/25/2009

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I don't blame her. My daughter wouldn't either, so I didn't bothr pushing it.



Some babies will suck anything you put in their mouths, others prefer a nice warm boob.



Any reason you really need to switch her over?

Stephanie - posted on 08/25/2009

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Waiting to get it from the order. I may not be agood one to say how it works, my daughter is refusing to take a bottle for day 2. The sitter is going to try and feed her witha medicine dropper.

Bea - posted on 08/25/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

My daughter is 12 weeks old and had been taking a bottle for the sitter after 10 mins of screaming. Now she is refusing a bottle - she didn't eat at all for the sitter ( over 8 hours) and when I got her home she was hungry. She was taking the Breastflow bottles that I used with my son, and we have now tried 3 different bottles since trying to get her to take bottles over 2 months ago. I am not sure what to do, people tell me that she will eat when she is hungry, but that didn't happen. Any advice? I am waiting on the Adair bottle I read about.



Hi Stephanie,



Did I read correctly..are you going to give the Adiri Natural Nurser bottle a try? If so, could you post an update once you have tried it? I have told a friend about it since she is planning to switch from breast to bottle soon, and hopefully I can give her some feedback based on your review.



Thanks and good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 08/24/2009

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My daughter is 12 weeks old and had been taking a bottle for the sitter after 10 mins of screaming. Now she is refusing a bottle - she didn't eat at all for the sitter ( over 8 hours) and when I got her home she was hungry. She was taking the Breastflow bottles that I used with my son, and we have now tried 3 different bottles since trying to get her to take bottles over 2 months ago. I am not sure what to do, people tell me that she will eat when she is hungry, but that didn't happen. Any advice? I am waiting on the Adair bottle I read about.

Tessa - posted on 08/19/2009

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Try having someone else give your daughter a bottle when you are not home. Or try using a sippy cup.

Also, have you tried the breastmilk yourself? Some people have lipase problems that cause stored breastmilk to taste terribly. This can be resolved if it's the problem. It's unlikely to be the reason she's not taking the bottle, but certainly worth ruling out.

Tamara - posted on 08/19/2009

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You don't have to use a bottle. There are other ways to feed them expressed milk. http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/alter...

We used a straw cup when it was time to for her to take breastmilk from something other than my breast and it actually worked pretty well. The sucking action on the straw is similar to that used to draw milk from your breast so there wasn't any nipple confusion.

Erica - posted on 08/19/2009

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I had a hard time also. I thought I would have to quit my job to feed her. I bought every bottle and nipple on the market. She eventually liked the Gerber brand nipple. I tried leaving the house, letting other people feed her and she was too picky or too smart. People are always having trouble breastfeeding not bottle feeding.

Christina - posted on 08/19/2009

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Thanks ladies! We have so far tried the advent and the gerber nipples but will definately be making a trip to babies r us today to check out some different ones. We have had numerous ppl try and give it to her. At times she will let it be in her mouth and suck a little but not enough to take any, or she wont swallow it if it does come out. Wish me luck!

Amy - posted on 08/19/2009

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Evenflo makes a nipple called the "breastfeeding" nipple that helps ease the switch. My daughter refused the bottle. I tried everything. My mom found them and she latched on almost immediately. It's a short, wider nipple that is more like an actual nipple.

Good luck!

Amy

Sarah - posted on 08/19/2009

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My little girl had the same issue. She just wouldn't drink from a bottle at all. I didn't force the issue, trying at different times with different bottles and trying to get other people to feed her with no luck. Thankfully it wasn't a big deal for me to keep breastfeeding her. Finally, at 7 months, she decided to take formula (not breast milk...so much for all that expressing) from a bottle and will take it from me and DH. Just keep trying. If she's really hungry she'll take it eventually.

LaJessica - posted on 08/18/2009

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ii would hav 2 say jus try diff nipples...ii hav a newborn she's a week and a half old!!! ii am breastfeedn & to avoid the problem u r havin ii decided 2 supplement bottles also with the Enfamil...now if ii am around r try 2 give her a bottle she will fuss but if sum1 else watches her while ii go 2 the bathroom r take a nap she will tke it jus fine....its hard bcuz she sleeps alot & will wake up @ the most unexpectd times..we were in the health dept & she really wantd mii milk but ii tried givin her a bottle but she jus wasnt havn that...ii decided 2 try & do half & half 2 get her mre used 2 the bottles by it bein 2 early for me 2 pump & the chances of me havn 2 leave her with someone while ii run errands r something...

Krystal - posted on 08/18/2009

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My son would do this if I would try and give him a bottle, but if my husband did he would take it fine. There are several different kinds of nipples, I used the Soothie bottles from First Years for my son, now he is on formula and takes anything you put in front of him. He absolutely refused a bottle from me though. I would suggest switching bottles and having someone else give the bottle while you are not in the room.

Titania - posted on 08/18/2009

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i have the same problem my daughter is 4 months old and wont drink from a bottle she crys and throws a fit every time. i really dont know what to do anymore

Heather - posted on 08/18/2009

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Use the Breast flow nipples/bottles by the first years. I found them online. I breast fed at home and sent bottles to daycare when I started back to work. They work and feel like a mothers nipple. They are different and have two pieces to each nipple. Look them up.

Mary - posted on 08/18/2009

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Will she take a botle from anyone? Or just you? Some babies "know better when mom is trying to give them something other than the real thing. If that's the case then I would let someone else feed the baby while you 'disappear'. If baby doesn't have any other options then eventually she will eat.

Chloe - posted on 08/18/2009

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i never had the same problem as you but my son had to go to bottle i couldnt make alot off milk,that he needed. noone can feed my son at all if i am around, try to get someone else to feed him with you out off the room good luck

Martha - posted on 08/18/2009

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try differnt bottles/nipples maybe. another important thing, make someone else feed the baby without you in the room. If the baby sees you s/he will want you and the fresh milk. :)
It may take a while and a few tries but it should help. just dont stop nursing directly! if you stop nursing then your supply will start to drop. So nurse whenever you can =]

Cynthia - posted on 08/18/2009

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I never had the problem myself, my son did fine switching back and forth, but before I was married, I babysat for our minister's wife after she had a baby and we dealt with them same thing. We found that the baby wouldn't take the bottle from her, or even if she was in the same room, but if she would leave the baby with us she would cry a little at first,but then she would take it.Now with my son, he would take the bottle, but for a while he would not take it from me! I guess he knew I had something better! It also helps to pay a little more and get a bottle that is as close to the real thing as possible. It helps for an easier transition!

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