How do I get my stubborn 3 month old son to take a bottle?

Nicole - posted on 01/19/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My almost 3 month old son will not take a bottle even when I go out and my husband is home with him we will throw a fit and not take it. I have tried 3 different bottles and have gotten him to take 1 once in a while but that is usually after fighting with him for 45 mins. While he screams. It gets very frustrating and that could be because he is my third child and I never had a problem with my other 2 taking a bottle. I know they are all different but if anyone has any ideas I will gladly try.

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Christine - posted on 01/22/2013

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Try to find out which artificial nipples are closest to the human nipple and then try those. Also, nurse your baby before you go out and then maybe he will be okay for a couple of hours if you need to go out.

Nicole - posted on 01/21/2013

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Those are the first bottles I tried. That is the pump I have so I went with those but he will not take them.

Rebecca - posted on 01/20/2013

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Have you tried the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles? I'm going back to work this week, and I have spent all of the last week with both myself and my daughter very frustrated over her refusal to take a bottle. So I bought those a few days ago, and it has been so peaceful around here ever since. She takes a bottle a couple times a day and effortlessly switches back to the breast with no problem. I did find that she wouldn't take a cold bottle, though. She still wants it to be as warm as it would coming out of the breast.

Nicole - posted on 01/19/2013

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Thanks Lori that is what I try to do is plan according to the schedule but as you know sometimes it is hard.

Lori - posted on 01/19/2013

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I was never able to get my 2nd to take a bottle. My first took one OK. My 2nd just flat out refused. If I went out, she'd just not eat until I got back. So, since I'm a stay at home mom, I just started planning my outings around her nursing schedule. I knew I could only go out for about 2 hours somewhere without her, and that's if I left right after nursing her. If you look through some of the conversations in this group you'll see lots and lots of moms asking the same question. "how do I get my breastfed baby to take a bottle?" There are lots of tricks you can try, but some babies just don't want a bottle. They want the real deal.

A few things to try:
Offer the baby the bottle to play with and get used to when baby isn't hungry
Try holding baby in different positions while bottle feeding. Some prefer to be held just like they would be if nursing, others want a different position for a bottle.
Have someone else offer the bottle. Yes, your husband has tried, let someone else try too. Chances are that your baby won't take a bottle from you - but you never know till you try
AND: just keep trying and keep offering the bottle. I know 2 other mommies personally that had to go back to work. It took their LO's almost 3 months before they'd accept a bottle - even after being away from mom for 8 hours. Generally when this happens the baby reverse cycles. Baby will not eat while Mom is gone, but then makes up for it when Mom's back.. which also means nursing frequently throughout the night. Not ideal for a good nights sleep, but it keeps the baby fed.

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