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my breast fed baby wont take a bottle and im due to go back to work soon

Holly - posted on 01/17/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )




hi my daughter is 4 mths old and i cant get her to take a bottle of expressed or formula milk i have been trying for about a mth now and she has taken about 2 oz once im really worried cause im due to go back to work soon


LeAnn - posted on 01/19/2009




My daughter wouldn't take a bottle til about 4 months. We tried so many bottles, and that's the key- you just have to find the right one. We tried tons, but the one that finally worked was the medela brand that came with my breast pump. It has a weird shaped nipple and that's what did it. It's shaped similar to the nuk binkis. hope that helps!

Diana - posted on 01/19/2009




Try using a nipple shield to get him used to the texture of the teet whilst still having the comfort of breast feeding. Might make the transition easier. Here in New Zealand we have a bottle made by Advent which replicates the shape of the breast and nipple which is the only bottle my niece would take. Perhaps there's one on the market near you?


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Annaleigh - posted on 01/20/2009




have you tried leaving her with someone else for a decent amount of time? i have found that if you have breast milk, and babies know when you are lactating a baby that is used to nursing won't take a bottle. some kids don't want to, i'm hoping for you all it takes is someone else to give her the bottle. =)

Sarah - posted on 01/20/2009




There is something called a suplimentary nursing system, which is basically a bottle that hangs upside down from your neck and has tubes which you can tape onto your breasts when feeding, I used it to get my son used to the taste of formula then onto a bottle. But its very hard to get a young baby like that one a bottle, try just giving her a bottle befor every feeding until she gets the hang of it. Good luck

Tamara - posted on 01/19/2009




Have you tried a cup with a straw? Mine preferred those over bottles the few times I had to be away from her and she needed to eat.

Hayleigh - posted on 01/19/2009




My daughter is the same, I tried expressed milk and various formulas.  I tried in different environments i.e. at my mums house and got different people to try with different bottles too.  I even left the room so my daughter couldn't see or smell me but she just refused to take any of it.  Then I found a cup by Nuby which has a soft teat like a bottle teat but is shaped like a training cup and has 6 holes in it at each edge of the teat as opposed to the middle, from the first time I offered it to my daughter she got on fine with it - £4 well spent and saves me having to try and wean her from a bottle to a cup now! So if you haven't tried getting someone else to offer it to her you could try that first and if that fails try a training cup, just make sure it's not too fast a flow one though.

Renay - posted on 01/19/2009




I also have the same problem with my 6 month old. He even went from 11am to 7:30pm one day while being babysat by my mum and refused to drink all day. Fortunately he is on solids and she just fed him arowroot bikkies in between meals. I believe if he truely is hungry enough he will take the milk no matter where it comes from. I am going back to work soon also so he will just have to get used to drinking from a bottle.

Holly - posted on 01/19/2009




i have tried a couple of different bottles and facing her away from me and other ppl feeding her and breast milk or formula warm or cold, i seemed to have a break through and she took 3 oz but now she wont take it at all

Kerian - posted on 01/19/2009




i had the same issues. we found that if someone else gave her the bottle she took it. but i had to be out of the room. try that it may help.

Lindsay - posted on 01/17/2009




Different nipples/bottles or a sippy cup are great suggestions. What is the flow of the nipples? If she has to work harder then the breast she may refuse the bottle have you tried a fast flow nipple?

Kerrie - posted on 01/17/2009




Maybe try a sippy cup with a soft rubber tip. My son is also breast fed and refuses to take a bottle. But at 4 months we tested his sippy cup skills and he loves sippy cups. He will drink anything from a sippy cup even milk. But we could never get him to take it from a botttle. Its worth a shot at least.  good luck


Nicole - posted on 01/17/2009




Have you tried a variety of bottles? You sort of have to play with it until you find the right one. I have good luck with the drop-ins premuim nurser. Try to look for a nipple shaped similarly to your own nipples. Good luck!

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