My 3 month old Won't take a bottle

Kelly - posted on 09/11/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have exclusively breast fed my baby but now it's time for him to take a bottle as I will be returning to work soon. He has always had difficulty latching onto bottles, pacifiers even fingers.. Nursing seemed to
Be easy as I was never in pain but recently we found out he was tongue tied. He had been clipped at birth, but not enough and my over supply had made it easy for him to nurse. So here we are, 3
Months old, a NEW tongue and still unable to latch onto a bottle. He's calm about it was acts like he wants it but just doesn't know how! Lactation consultants have offered some help but nothing seems to
"Work". Eventually he gets really hungry and frustrated. I have tried many different bottles and pacifiers but nothing seems to work for him. I even bought a sippy cup, which gets some milk in, but mostly all over us. I recently started nursing with a nipple shield on to help bridge the gap between breast and bottles, and he eats
With that just fine...Has anyone had a similar problem?

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Kelly - posted on 09/11/2013

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It's funny because it doesn't appear to be behavioral, it's like he doesn't know how to use his mouth, if that makes sense. He tongue thrusts instead of sucks. We have tried with me in the room and out, we also tried his daycare provider to be at her house with no success. There have only been a handful of attempts so maybe it will come with time. Thank you

Grace - posted on 09/11/2013

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Hi Kelly, at first we alternated between breastfeeding and pumping and then bottle feeding because of the severe pain i had when i breastfed. he eventually transitioned to breastfeeding and would not take the bottle. it was stressful because i was going back to work. we learned, i could not be the one to give him the bottle. dad did it and i left the house to go on a walk for an hour. the first few days are brutal - it took and hour and half for him to drink less than 2 ounces and eventually he would fall asleep from sheer exhaustion from fighting the bottle. by the time the nanny started, he was use to it and takes the bottle like a champ now. i have also heard that feeding spoons work - small ones, drop by drop.

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