Any tips on getting my breastfed baby to bottle feed

Claire - posted on 01/21/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Has anyone got any tips on getting my breastfed baby to take a bottle of either formula or expressed milk? At the moment he refuses it and cries.

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Krista - posted on 01/21/2009

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Have someone else try to feed him without you in the room. Give them something that smells like you (a bathrobe, shirt, etc.) and see if that helps. Also, like the other moms have said, experiment with different types of bottles. I personally have liked Born Free.

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I had to stop all breast feedings and go to bottle. It took a day of crying and not eating that she finely was hungry enough for the bottle. I was able to express and put in bottle. I did not want to confuse her as it was so hard to get her on the bottle. I was going to school at the time and had to do it. Try different bottles and just use the breast milk for now and then once on the bottle try adding in the formula gradually. To much change at once makes it even harder.

Mimi - posted on 04/26/2012

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Try letting someone else give him the bottle. When I breastfed my youngest, he would not take the bottle from me period. He was almost indignant about it...,like "how dare you" lol, but he would take it from his dad, my sister in law, his grandma, it was crazy....IJS....they know...:)

Angela - posted on 01/22/2009

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My husband would feed our daughter at the same time every day (non fussy time).  I would get out of the house while he gave her the bottle.  She wouldn't take it while I was there at first.  Keep with the same bottle for a while.  It is usually not the bottle, but that is not the breast.  It took a couple weeks for her to take the whole bottle, but now she is fine with it.  Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 01/21/2009

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I had a similar problem with my daughter. She had to start getting a bottle 1x a week when she was 2 weeks old so I could go to school. The first couple weeks she would take it and then she started refusing it. Once, I started nursing and the quickly switched to the bottle. She finally started taking it again and used bottles while I was at work and I nursed her at home until 14 months. We used the Breastflow bottles. I would say just keep it up...he will learn that if he wants a full belly, he will need to suck on the bottle.

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Shellsea - posted on 01/21/2009

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I know some babies just will not take a bottle. I used NUK bottles and they work the best for me. and the way i got my little guy to take to it so well I think is because I would hold the bottle the way i would hold my breast. I also would bottle feed just wearing a towel right after my 2 min shower, i think he liked the skin to skin contact

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Hi-- I'm having the same problem with my 3 month old daughter. I wasn't consistent enough with giving her a bottle. She took a bottle once or twice a week between 1 and 2 months old. Then I stopped and now I'm back at work 3 days a week and the daycare has been syringe feeding her...

Is it better to try one bottle after another until we find one she likes? Or should we stick with one type of bottle/nipple until she gets used to it?

I have three types of bottles:
1) Bornfree (they bottle she took previously)
2) Breastflow (daycare provider succeeded once last Friday with this one)
3) Playtex DropIns with orthodontic nipple (haven't tried this nipple yet, but have tried silicone and latex with little success)

Teresa - posted on 01/21/2009

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Hi, my little boy was very fussy and screamed at the bottle! I tried lots of different teats and just kept trying.

He did finally accept a flatter teat, and tried little and often.

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