It seems I've waited too long to give my 12 week old bottles on a more regular basis. i've been breastfeeding exclusively and now he will not take the bottle. Any suggestions?

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Christine - posted on 12/18/2008

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My daughter went through a phase where she only took very little from a bottle. I did a little bit of researching online and found out about "reverse cycling". Basically she would take just enough from the bottle to take the edge off her hunger and wait for me to return. So if you are only going out for the evening, I wouldn't worry about it.

Darlene - posted on 12/18/2008

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i breast feed my baby as well but i knew when he was born i would be having a wedding coming up so i intro duced the bottle with expressed breastmilk at 3 wks like the dr said and my husband woulld give it to him once a week and then we skipped it for a while and then tried again and he wouldn't take it i tried giving a bottle every day of expressed milk for about a month and one day he just took it.. just keep trying...

Lindsay - posted on 12/18/2008

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I have tried having my hubby give him bottles with no luck, but we didn't let him fuss for long before I stepped in. =) I'll keep trying and I'm sure he'll catch on eventually! Thanks for the help!

Hayley - posted on 12/18/2008

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I'm having a similar issue with my 6 weeks old daughter. I'm exclusively breastfeeding and she's having a massive growth spurt at the moment. My nipples aren't handling all the feeding so we tried a pacifier. It is far too big for her mouth and is very different to the nipple.. any help welcomed!

Rachael - posted on 12/17/2008

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We had the same problem with both of my kids. We tried having other people give them bottles and I left the room but it didn't work.



What did work was this...I would pump or defrost pumped milk and put it in the bottle next to me all ready to go, I would start nursing but only for a few minutes then I would slip the bottle in and un latch my breast (trick them) It worked for us but still had to "practice" soon enough they learned to take the bottle without having to latch on (breastfeed) first.



The playtex drop in bottles/nipples worked the best with both of ours we tried EVERY other bottle/nipple on the market so you may have to switch your bottle until you find one that works. Hope this helps!

Shae - posted on 12/17/2008

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Your baby will eat when he's hungry, and if that's the only thing available, then he'll eventually eat from it. I have a 3 1/2 month old, which is exclusively breastfed. We've tried bottles at two different feedings early on, because she just wasn't getting satisfied, but she would not take them at all! Then just last week, I had a little deal at the hospital, and had lots of meds, so I opted to pump and dump for a few feedings to make sure that she wouldn't get the meds from my breastmilk. So, she had a bottle, and even though she didn't like it at first, she caught on, because she knew that was the only thing that she would get. And, also, have someone else feed it to her. She would take the bottle from my 3 yr old son, but not from me, because she knew that I had the real deal!

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You should try the Breastflow brand nipples by the first years. They are softer rubber and act more like a breast. You should try them because my sister used them when her baby wouldn't take a bottle anymore.

Christina - posted on 12/17/2008

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My exerience is that a baby will eat when they are hungry. They have to learn to take a bottle, just like they learn to take the breast. I never gave my oldest a bottle, and I didn't give my youngest one until she was probably 14 weeks old. She doesn't love it, but she does drink it. I think the easiest way to see if your baby will really take the bottle is if you leave the house so you don't fall into the temptation of nursing when he is not being immediately satisfied. I don't believe there is such a thing as waiting too long to give a bottle, he is just set in his ways.

Mieke - posted on 12/17/2008

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Tommy Tippee I had the same problem and it is a wonderfull bottle shaped like a breast

Jennifer - posted on 12/17/2008

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I agree with trying to get someone else to give the baby the bottle. My son wouldn't take a bottle if i was even in the same house! let alone me try to give it to him, I breastfed him till he was 12 months because he wouldn't take a bottle... my 2 1/2 month old takes anything anyone gives her haha.. she's breast fed, but takes the breast milk in bottles a lot when i work. good luck

Claire - posted on 12/17/2008

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Hi Lindsay,
Have you tried getting someone else to give the bottle instead of you? My little girl would only take it from my hubby or mum to start with,or from me if she was sat in her pushchair, she was also funny about drinking my milk from a bottle but formula was fine. Also try walking around with her in your arms when trying to give a bottle , don't know why but this has helped me and several friends. My little girl is 7mths now and has a will of iron and if I'm running low and have to top up this is sometimes the only way she will drink. This is hard but wait until she is hungry and then try all of the above. Make sure the milk is really warm, have you tried swaddeling him and offering the bottle. Keep trying and I'm sure you will get there. Good luck xxxxxxxxxx

Kim - posted on 12/17/2008

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I had exactly the same issue with my girly... I waited until the 6 week mark, which is when I was told my the hospital to start... and she refused to take it. She's now 7 months, and it's only been in the last couple months that she's started to take a bottle. And she still won't take it when I'm there. But I started her on solids around 5 months, and that helped tremendously, cause I felt that I could leave her with someone every once and a while... and she did great when we left her overnight at 6 months. So, it will pass, that's all I can tell you!

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I know how you feel, and I ended up breastfeeding my 1st baby till he was 1 and then he went straight to the cup, and im STILL breastfeeding my 2nd who is 1 now. Neither would take a bottle. But my 1yr old now will drink from a cup when I hold it for him. So you could try that. And it will help in the long run. If you DO get your baby on a bottle, you will have to go through this all over again when trying to switch from a bottle to a sippy, or a regular cup :)



So skipping the bottle was better for me. But im a stay at home mom, and had all the time in the world to hold cups for my kids when they wanted a dirnk :)

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