How do I get my little man to take the bottle? HELP


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Kaatje - posted on 03/20/2009




We had the same problem when I went back to work. We used a rubber nipple in stead of the more modern silicone ones. This one slides over the bottle. And let your husband of boyfried do it and leave the room. when the baby knows your there it's logical tht it only wants the breast.

Krystal - posted on 03/20/2009




how old is he?

if he's old enough i suggest skipping straight to a sippy cup. you can try the ones with the soft spouts, hard spouts, or even a flexible kid straw (munchkin makes a spill proof one!). my daughter took a straw one at 7 months. if you need a bottle then you may find that babies can be very stubborn and will only take a certain kind. you may have to try 20 different ones before you find one that he likes. the breast flow by the first years worked well for us.

good luck.

Allison - posted on 03/20/2009




What age it he? When/why do you need him to take the bottle? Are you using expressed breastmilk or formula?

Often it's best to have someone else give the bottle besides you when you are not around. It can be helpful for that person to hold him in a way that is different than how he's held when being nursed. My husband would put baby on his lap in the Boppy facing toward him (they were both facing each other) or had her laying across his lap in the Boppy, but he didn't cradle her in his arms. It seemed like an odd way to feed a baby to me, but it worked well and didn't interfere with breastfeeding or her latching on correctly.

If you supply more specific info I might be able to give you some more ideas.

Anna - posted on 03/20/2009




Try a few different bottles, my dd wouldn't take one until around 6mths, when she started solids, different tastes, textures and a spoon. We tried several different bottles and found avent and adiri worked best and are more breast shaped. Also, as others have suggested maybe have your husband feed the baby w/ you out of the room, so he doesn't see you or smell your milk. My dd never took the bottle from me, but only from my dh and the grandma's. Good Luck.

Kelsey - posted on 03/20/2009




try getting someone else to give it to him. my son wont take one from me because he knows i can feed him with my breast.. try it. it might work my son will take a bottle when im not in the room and im not giving it to him

Amy - posted on 03/20/2009




Try a newborn nipple, have someone other then yourself feed the baby, pump your milk, offer when baby is happy and not very hungry.  Hope this helps! 

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