im nursing exclusively, and my 5 month old refuses to take a bottle of expressed milk from daddy or grandma...i know its a little late to barely start introducing a bottle of boob, but i didnt think it'd be this hard! ive tried every bottle i have...even the odiri nursers.... help!!

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Shae - posted on 01/14/2009

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I'm in the same boat.  My little girl is just over 4 months, and she will not take a bottle...I've tried a few different kinds...I'm exclusively breastfeeding her, but there are those few times that she needs a bottle, and she won't take it!

Nilima - posted on 05/06/2013

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Try to distract your baby when someone else is trying to give milk. ya it is little late but dont worry about it. Your baby will learn asap

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Hi Michelle,

Is this a necessity? Are you wanting baby to take bottle because you are returning to work? If so, continue to offer the bottle of boob and eventually the baby will accept. You can also try finger or cup feeding. Are you needing a break? If so, nurse baby prior to leaving and have dad or grandma offer bottle during absence and then nurse as soon as you return.

No matter what age you try to introduce a bottle, it can be a difficult transition, so don't blame yourself.

You can also contact a wonderful physicians office in IL. The doctor and RN are CLC's, attend monthly La Leche League Meetings, facilitate bi-monthly breastfeeding support groups and have a Facebook Breastfeeding Support Group (Dr. Karen's Breastfeeding Support Group). Their website it: www.familyfirstdocs.com. Even if you don't live near them, they are always willing and able to answer questions regarding BF via phone or email.

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Doreen - posted on 01/16/2009

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I just went through this. My daughter around 5 months would not take a bottle either. She started taking the bottle around 7 months. The reason was because she was teething and I think it was very painful for her to suck from the bottle. Keep trying and you may find that she is going to pop some teeth soon. Good luck

Sian - posted on 01/15/2009

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Hi there Michelle, I am not sure what the odiri nursers are that you have tried, (I am from the UK) i personally have never heard of them so cant comment on that. I am curious to know why you want to introduce a bottle now, have you tried something else?(pls dont take that comment the wrong way, I just want to make you aware that there are other methods).



There was an occasion when I had to leave my my daughter with my sister when she was 5mths old, i was exclusively feeding her too. I expressed some milk for her and my sister gave it to her through a syringe by slowly dripping it on her tongue. I can appreciate that this is vey time consuming but it worked ha ha. My daughter never had a bottle but went straight onto a tommy tippee cup when she was 6mth old. I still breastfeed her now but found the cup beneficial to allow me to return to university and study my degree.



good luc and hope this is of some help

Erin - posted on 01/14/2009

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I went through the same thing when he was about 2 1/2 months old. He took bottles and then just completely refused one day in mid-December. We tried different bottles, different nipples, everything, but he refused. What finally worked was a level 2 nipple (we were still using the level 1) in a Playtex nurser and I left the house. Apparently mom in the house can make baby mad about the bottle because they can still smell mom. They wonder how come mom is not giving them milk from the breast. We also invested a little bit of money in a bottle warmer to get the temperature just right. Apparently my little guy did not like his milk to be chilled or even room temperature. It had to be WARM. After a few tries like this, he got used to the bottle again and now he takes two bottles a day while I am at work.
One last piece of advice I can give you is do not stress about this. It will happen. Your little one senses your stress and feeds off of it. Plus, my lactation consultant told me that stress can sometimes affect the composition of your milk, which your dear one will sense and may reject. Be calm, have patience, and just use trial and error. We finally had success with getting him back onto the Born Free bottles with level two nipples. You can do it!

Robyn - posted on 01/14/2009

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Does your daughter take a pacifier? If so try a bttle with a similar nipple as the pacifier. My daughter likes her soothie pacifier from the hospital, but the soothie bottle has too hard of a nipple. She took the dr browns natural flow bottle with no problems. I don't know if this would have made any difference, but at the hospital I needed to use a nipple sheild for her to latch on to. That might have gotten her to like the feel. Keep trying & Good luck!!!

Sarah - posted on 01/14/2009

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My daughter is coming up on eight months in a few days and I am nursing exclusively as well. She would take a bottle from my husband when she was two and three months, but she will not take one since then!! We are trying breastmilk in the sippy cup now....will see how it goes! Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 01/14/2009

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Hi Michelle!

As you've read, this is a problem with babies of all ages. I never had these problems with my son, who is now 2. My daughter is a different story! She is now 6 months old and when she was around 2 months, I had to have a procedure done. She would not take a bottle. She won't take a binky either and likes to suck, but that's another problem! I had to call my lactation nurse to see if it was OK to nurse! As she's getting older, she will take a bottle, but still not very much, no more than 4 ozs. We had to find a nipple she liked. Even though I don't really like them, she took to latex nipples best. We use Playtex Nursers Drop Ins.

You could also try giving the bottle at someone else's home. Or try not being in the room. You can also try a sippy cup. It is frustrating, but I keep telling myself, at least I won't have to break her from the bottle!

Sarah - posted on 01/14/2009

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My son wouldn't take a bottle and he would eventually only take one from me. Now almost 1 year old, he is doing great w/a bottle and the breast. Just keep trying to get your baby to take the bottle, gradually work at it so that the bottle can be taken from you and then gradually work Dad and others into the equation. It took me a long time to be able to have a break and go out for an evening with girlfriends, but it eventually works. If you use Avent bottles, make sure you use the #2 nipple (for breastfeeding babies). Look at other brands and they have some that look more like the breast or your nipple. OneStep Ahead carries a bottle that looks very similar to a breast. You could try it if the store brand nipple/bottle combination doesn't work. OneStep Ahead was next on my list, but I had success. Best of luck to you, it isn't easy.

Ashley - posted on 01/14/2009

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My son does the same thing. I have strictly breast fed except the first few days after he was born. I have gone thru 5 different types of bottles. I love breast feeding, but don't feel like i am producing enough milk for him. He is happy none the less.



I was thinking of switching to formula, but formula in a ottle he wont even look at it. Expressed milk may drink an ounce thats it. And even expressing milk is difficult for me cause my son eats every 2 hours.

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My daughter won't take a bottle either and my second son took a long time to transition. We just kept trying a little bit everyday and eventually he took a couple of sucks and then an ounce and he just kept getting better. If you want to transition straight to a cup, then just keep offering it a little bit every day and your little munchkin will get it. It may take over a month, but he or she will get it.

User - posted on 01/14/2009

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Hi. I'm a full-time working mom and I had the same trouble. I go over and breastfeed my daughter but I wanted to have the option of not feeding her if I didn't feel like going all the way over to the daycare. For my daughter is was just finding the right nipple. I think I went through about 5 different types of nipples and finally she took the Adiri bottle. My son was the same and would only take Medela nipples. So I think just finding the right nipple is the key. There is another baby in my daughter's daycare who absolutely is stubborn with the bottle. The mother did the same thing and just tried offering it to her multiple times a day and she finally took it. I don't know if that will help, but thought I would share what worked for us. Good luck!

Lee - posted on 01/14/2009

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I don't know if it wil wotk but my friend use to put a lavender lotion just above her breast while she fed baby then would put the same lotion just above teat so baby can smell it while having bottle, it gives a little security of Mummy being there. I never tried this with my daughter, she would not take a cup/bottle with formula/breastmilk either. Not till I could put her onto cows milk. Which she only takes from a straw cup.



Don't worry if your baby misses a feed, I had to leave my daughter for 10 hours when she was 5 months and she didn't feed but she was ok.



Good luck



 

Shae - posted on 01/14/2009

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yeah, i don't mind nursing either...and it's been going better with her than with my 1st two kids!  but with my 1st baby, i would give him breastmilk in a bottle, and he was fine with that (i was always nervous about nursing in public when he was just a couple months old, because I wasn't very good at it yet!).  When he was about 3 months old, though, he stopped taking the bottle, but then i realized that he didn't like breastmilk in a bottle, but he was fine taking formula in a bottle, so that's what we would give him on occasion.



with my 4 month old now, i love nursing her, because it's the only time i get a break from the other kids!  there was a time though, that i wasn't able to nurse her, due to a hospital stay, and i had to give her a bottle, and it was pretty rough trying to get her to eat! good luck!

Amanda - posted on 01/14/2009

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I am having the same problem. My son is 3 1/2 months old and completely refuses any kind of bottle from anyone. Sometimes if he is really hungry, he will take an ounce from the bottle, but that's it. We actually started him on a bottle at 3 weeks old and he took 1 to 2 bottles a day. (I wanted my husband to be able to feed him in the evenings when he came home from work.) We used Avent bottles. About a week before Christmas, he just stopped taking the bottles completely and I have no idea why. We have since tried every night to get him to take a bottle, but we are getting nowhere.

Jessica - posted on 01/14/2009

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My son a year and 2 weeks old and never would taked a bottle (or sippy) of expressed breast milk.  If you've tried all the bottles there may just be nothing you can do. 

Jessica - posted on 01/14/2009

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My son a year and 2 weeks old and never would taked a bottle (or sippy) of expressed breast milk.  If you've tried all the bottles there may just be nothing you can do. 

Jessica - posted on 01/14/2009

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My son a year and 2 weeks old and never would taked a bottle (or sippy) of expressed breast milk.  If you've tried all the bottles there may just be nothing you can do. 

Shanyn - posted on 01/14/2009

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I had two kiddos who both refused to take a bottle. My son would take the occasional bottle, but only from Nana. My daughter wouldn't take a bottle at all. Ever. I was ultra lucky that I worked from home and didn't have to force the issue with either of them. I would just keep trying. See if there is one nipple style that she responds to more than others and then just stick with it. Maybe over time she'll warm up to the idea. :) Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 01/14/2009

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thanks for responding...now i dont feel so completely alone in this. her dad can't help much except try to feed her, but when she wont take it, its out of his hands...i dont mind nursing...im just afraid that when i do decide to wean her off the breast, how do i introduce formula in a bottle if she wont even take boob in a bottle!?

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