my son refuses bottles and pacifiers....

Crystal - posted on 11/17/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )




My son just turned 4 months old and i'm thinking about picking up a part time job. I love breastfeeding and i'm not giving it up but i'm worried about my son not eating when im not around because he refuses to take a bottle, which is frustrating when we are out or need to leave him for a little bit, which stops my husband and I from going anywhere alone because he only likes to nurse. I've tried a couple of different bottles and nipples and he just doesn't like them, he also refuses a pacifier which doesn't bother me. Any tips or suggestions?


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Crystal - posted on 11/21/2011




thanks ladies for the help! ive tried a couple of different bottles and pacifiers and he refuses them all. ive also tried having my husband and mother try to feed him a bottle while im not around of my pumped milk and have tried formula with very little sucess, even when he's really hungry he will take MAYBE an ounce. guess all he likes is his mommy ;)

Shauna - posted on 11/20/2011




(1) Have your husband give the bottle. Some kids will not take a bottle from Mom, because they can smell the milk in her breasts. So have Dad feed him with you out of sight and smell (I think it's like 20 feet at least).
(2) Try different bottles and pacifiers. The shape can make a huge difference.

Sara - posted on 11/19/2011




My daughter would never touch a bottle or a pacifier and I breastfed till 20 months. I tried all sorts but nothing worked. I suppose some babies are just like that :o§ Good luck

Holly Janelle - posted on 11/19/2011




My daughter was the same way. She won't take a bottle if I pump and give it to her, but if I'm at work and my mother who watches her during the day feeds her a bottle she takes it and will take a pacifier ONLY when she knows im not there though. Babies are smart little things! Lol

Jessica - posted on 11/17/2011




I am still breastfeeding my almost one year old who hates bottles. I started working off and on since she was 6 weeks and struggled with getting her take the bottle (with my pumped milk). After a lot of stress, worry, and baby not eating, I finally tried using various bottles (and spent a lot of money on trying different bottles). I am not sure what you have tried, but I found that she will drink better from the Yoomi or the Adiri Natural Nurser (they are more breast-like). Check out my website, Gypsy for more detailed info on pumping and bottles (, and also has info on traveling with little ones. You might try leaving the room or house and having your husband or someone else try feeding him as well. I have heard of people who have tried a little sugar water in the bottle first, and introducing bottles casually during play.

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