Encouragement?!?

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Hello, I have a 5 months old daughter who is strictly breastfed. I have a little bit of a situation though. She is a very stubborn child. She will not take a bottle, even a bottle of my milk. I am getting a litte worn down because I can not go anywhere or do anything. I am not saying that it is bad or anything, I am a stay at home mom and I love what I do for myself and my kids. But I would also like to go to the store or go and run and pay bills quickly!! I have been thinking about weaning her off but I know that is not what I really what. I would love to continue to breastfed but I cant even leave her with her dad. Any ideas on how to get her to take a bottle? I am in need of alot of help here. Also, when I say that she is stubborn, I really mean that!! Please any advice will help!!!!!!

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Beth - posted on 11/23/2009

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There are nipples you can get at baby's R Us that have kind of the same feeling as a breast. I'm not sure what they are called, but i am sure if you ask them they can help. They were kind of exspensive though, Maybe that would help.

I totaly understand, sometimes you just want to get out and go to the mall or some place for a couple of hours. And plus its good for daddy and baby to spend some time with each other. Good luck!!!

Minnie - posted on 11/22/2009

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I agree with the other ladies, a short trip of an hour should not be too hard on her. And if you wanted to you could express milk and have dad offer it in a cup.

Andrea - posted on 11/22/2009

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My daughter would never take a bottle either. She's 11 months old next week & it's been much, much easier the past few months. She goes longer in between feedings & I can leave for longer periods of time.

At 5 months old I would think you should be able to leave her for an hour or two at least if you nurse her right before you leave. She might be upset when you leave, but daddy's are a part of parenting & offering comfort too.

I strongly urge you not to wean just because your baby won't take a bottle.

Melody - posted on 11/22/2009

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I take my daughter everywhere I go and nurse her in my van or in a dressing room at Wal-mart....she wouldn't take a bottle either and is just now starting to take a cup (she's 10 months) you've made it through the worst and if you stop now you will regret it!! When you look at it....nursing your baby is only something you have to do for such a short time of your life but starts a lifetime of bonding...your baby is so worth it!! It wont be long and you'll be able to start feeding more solids and go longer in between nursings...my daughter only nurses 4 times a day now mostly before naps and bedtime. Wait a couple weeks and offer her some breast milk in a bottle or sippy cup and see what happens....hang in there...It takes determination to make it as far as you have so I know you can do it!!

Rebecca - posted on 11/22/2009

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If she is 5 months there is no need to wean. You are able to go out on your own for a short while even if EBF and she will be fine without milk for a bit. My daughter is 6 1/2 months and she nurses often still (sometimes snacks for 5 mins 3-4 times an hour) but I am still able to leave her with daddy for an hour or so and she is fine. He just distracts her with toys and such. I think they do better then we think when we are not there because they are not reminded about nursing as often when we are not in sight. She should be just fine without any bottles ect. Try it, try going somewhere for just a few mins and have a cell phone with you so your hubby can call if she gets frantic but Im sure she will be ok. I do agree though if she is really fussy, and has separation anxieties when you are gone then the best thing is to bring her with you and use a sling, much easier to manover around then a stroller. Take care!!

Minnie - posted on 11/22/2009

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Can you take her with you? Get a good soft baby carrier and pop her in it, nurse on-the-go.

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