6 mo old breastfed daughter who is refusing bottle....

Tanya - posted on 02/02/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I just recently went on a 3 day vacation and my daughter is now refusing her bottle at daycare or from anyone else. I plan on continuing nursing her but would like to be able to leave and go out to dinner or a date with my husband. This is now going on a week and half. She is getting her solids while at daycare and is only there for 5 1/2 hrs mon-fri. I have tried a sippy cup,various kinds, so she is getting some milk in addition to her milk in her cereal. She is refusing the sippy also. I have not had this problem with my other children so I am looking for any advice. I know they will eat if they are hungry (and yes I have given that advice) but easier said than done.

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Melinda - posted on 02/02/2010

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I am an RN with a BSN and in 8 weeks I graduate with my MSN. I also have two children I breast fed. Here is my advice, as long as she is eating and not losing weight, she has a moist mouth and can produce tears, is voiding/peeing with at least 6-8 times a day, and is not choking on her solid food she is eating at daycare, I would not stress that much over it. For her to go 5 ½ hours without a bottle is not going to hurt her. If she is sleeping throughout the night she is already going longer without it. The issue would be if it is causing her harm. It is problematic that she does not want to take it from anyone else but may not be harmful. Here are some ideas that you might try thinking about because we all know mothers know their own child and what works. Consider how they are giving her the bottle. What is the temperature, how are they holding her, is there something distracting her at daycare like the other children? Next, you might want to try and spend some time letting the staff hold her while you hold the bottle a couple of minutes so she relates being bottle fed with the staff holding her again. She might not notice you letting go and she could get back in the swing of things. Then again kids are their own person and this might not work at all. Good luck.

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Tanya - posted on 02/03/2010

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Thanks to all for your comments! There are some things that I have thought of and some I will try. I have decided to just not offer the bottle anymore because why put her and the daycare providers through the stress when she clearly doesn't want it. She will drink from her sippy eventually it will just take some time. And she will get her milk in the afternoon, before bed, and morning before daycare and she will survive.
As for going out, I know she will survive but I know she will be up at night if she doesn't get her feeding before bed..... but as Daniele stated "this too shall pass".. this is so true! We have finally started sleeping through the night so I don't want to disrupt that.
Thanks again!

Alison - posted on 02/02/2010

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Don't let this keep you from going out. She will grow out of this and it's really not the end of the world.

Daniele - posted on 02/02/2010

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Try a cup, sippy cup or a straw cup. The nipple on the bottle may be too similar to mom, so she doesn't want a phony, she wants the real deal. Also, sometimes breastfed babies reverse train, meaning they nurse more at night and on weekends to make up for what they won't get during the day. Lots of moms who breastfeed exclusively and work full time do this to limit the number of bottles they have to pump. I did. It worked wonderfully. She is probably ready to begin weaning off the bottle and onto a sippy cup. Breastfed babies usually transfer to a cup earlier than formula babies.



What kind of bottle do you use? We used Avent and had no trouble with switching back and forth. I have heard good things about the First Years BreastFlow bottle. It uses both suction and pressure, so it's really similar to the breast. Good luck, and remember - this too shall pass!

Ann - posted on 02/02/2010

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Is she getting the recommended amount of fluids in a day? I remember one of my children slowing down on the bottle once he started eating solids. I know baby food is full of water. I wouldn't worry so much about sippy cups if she's not taking them. Six months is usually a good age to introduce sippy cups, but I wouldn't expect them to do more then to play with them. Is the nipple on the bottle not letting enough out at a time? Maybe she needs to move up to a faster flow nipple now. Is it possible that she had a bottle that was too cold or heated to warm and maybe that has turned her off? You could also try using another brand of bottle. I know Playtex nursers with the drop ins and Avent are good ones that are similar to the breast. I wish you the best!

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