My son will not take a bottle at all. Anyone have any ideas on how to get him to use one?

Maria - posted on 10/14/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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Im breastfeeding my son who is three months old, and i am trying to get him to be able to take a bottle. He has taken it about three times, but thats about it.

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Tami - posted on 10/18/2009

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Ok...so I posted earlier and just wanted to let you know...my son has taken the Soothie bottle! He took the soothie pacifier (the one they give you at the hospital) and that was the only nipple he'll take and suck well..so we tried the soothie bottle with that same nipple and he has no problem taking it...maybe it will work for you? Again, good luck...

April - posted on 10/16/2009

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I breastfeed both of my girls and I didn't have any trouble getting them to a bottle but the only time they used a bottle was when I was working and they would take pumped breast milk. They both used the avent bottles. I know it might sound mean but leave the baby with someone else for a few hours. Babies will eat when they get hungry and they will more than likely take a bottle from someone else better then they will from you. I'm not even sure either of mine had a bottle before I went back to work.

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Samantha - posted on 10/17/2009

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I read that babies can sense mom from up to 20 feet away and that it's best to have someone else feed the bottle when you aren't within "smelling" distance. If the baby knows you are there then they are more likely to refuse the bottle as they know the boob is nearby. Also, try getting different bottle nipples. Is there a pacifier that he'll take? See if the pacifier company makes bottle nipples. Also, find ones that release the milk in a similar manner to your "let down". I hope these few suggestions help.

Kelli - posted on 10/16/2009

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well i'v never had this issue but i'm pregnant with my second and im going to be giving him breast milk. but i found this website that sells bottles that are designed like the nipple . breastflow.com . you can buy them online and target sells them . i hope this helps !

Halie - posted on 10/15/2009

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try a sippy cup with a soft nipple/spout. it's hard to find one that starts out for beginners at 3-4 months but they do exist. my son loved his. he didn't take bottles either until he got used to his sippy. he is 7 months old now but he started with a (4 month beginners) sippy at 3 1/2 months. the one we have, i can't remember what name brand, comes out just as slow as a bottle. it has sail boats on it and removable handles if that helps. hope this helps!

Alley - posted on 10/15/2009

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I have the same problem, my daughter is only 7 weeks old but I would like to give her pumped breastmilk from a bottle so i am able to get out of the house every once in a while, but so far no luck.
I have read about warming the nipple first under warm water, making sure someone else gives the baby the bottle [they will usually never take it from the mother and sometimes not even the father], facing them sitting up and away from you and giving them the bottle that way it does not remind them of breastfeeding etc..

Minnie - posted on 10/15/2009

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It's not necessary for him to take a bottle. He can sip out of a small cup, or off a spoon, or even a syringe if you needed to leave him in someone else's care.

Melissa - posted on 10/15/2009

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It's not a necessary part of childhood development to take a bottle. Plenty of children never even have a bottle! Unless there are other factors involved, such as going back to work, I wouldn't even bother. Save yourself the stress and just enjoy your baby!

Melissa - posted on 10/14/2009

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We had a lot of trouble with this too. Eventually we found she would occasionally tolerate the Soothie nipple (and I stress "tolerate"). My husband started walking around with her in his arms while he fed her, which he said seemed to help.

Kimberly - posted on 10/14/2009

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Only bottle my son will occasionally take is Playtex Nurser. Best is the frozen bag of breastmilk drops right in. NO MESS!

Kimberly - posted on 10/14/2009

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Make sure he is hungry and don't be near by when someone else gives it to him. Found that Playtex Nurser was the best.

Ali - posted on 10/14/2009

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I breastfed all 3 of my kids. Only one gave me a hard time switching back & forth between Breast, bottle & pacifier. We tried everything, daddy feeding her, faster flowing nipples so it would be less work etc, etc.nothing worked. It was a long year. All I can say is KEEP TRYING!!!! Be Patient!!!! Also, regarding the breast feeding in public or on the plane.....many times if you are covered people don't even realize what you are doing. Just remember breastfeeding your son is the best thing you can do!! On the plane the best time to feed is at take-off and decent. This will help his ears pop!

Cheral - posted on 10/14/2009

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My son wouldn't take a bottle either. I quit my job because of it. Now, I substitute teach and I still can't get him to personally take a bottle. But, my mom can. She is my babysitter. I me or my husband is in the room, he won't take it. So as long as I am around, I just nurse, even in public. I pump the extra and freeze it and he takes it from my mom just fine. So, other than that, I am as stuck as you are.

Marcy - posted on 10/14/2009

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I have posted this before when it is asked...we tried everything with our son. I spent a small fortune on bottles and nearly lost my mind running back and forth to daycare while I was working to nurse him. The ONLY thing that worked for us was to wet the bottle nipple, put a little sugar on it and give it to him. We had to do this for 3 days and then he was fine.

I know, sugar is a terrible thing but the small amount he recieved was worth my sanity.

Tami - posted on 10/14/2009

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I am having the same problem...I've tried every nipple...Nuby...First Years Breast Flow (that one works for a lot of bfeeding moms-nipple is supposed to be similar to breast-but it didn't work for my son) ... I have now sent away for the Soothie bottle...the nipple resembles the hospital pacifier which my son does take sometimes so I'm hoping...Maybe some of those will work for you...I've also heard Adiri bottle may work...Good luck

Mother - posted on 10/14/2009

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no.. i didnt set out to try different nipples.. but because i had heard of these tales before i delivered, I decided to breast and bottle feed the 1st day he was born to avoid what you ladies are experiencing.. it's worked and the only slight issue was the baby trying to learn how to suck the bottle and my nipple because it was different in size/shape but i help push him and its been smooth sailing. Plus i didnt want any issues if i decided to switch to solely bottle feeding.. because he'd be use to it already.

Shelley - posted on 10/14/2009

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Have you tried different kinds? i had to go thru quite a few, I found out from a breastfeeding coach not for it to resemble the breast and for Daddy or someone else to give it and not to repeat your breastfeeding routinei.e. if you breastfeed in the dark don't bottle feed that way, my daughter finally settled on the Avent bottle the nipple on it isn't stiff like other bottles. Also if the person who is bottle feeding wears a blanket or your shirt with your smell on it your baby might take it. Those are the only hints i have hope it helps!

Mother - posted on 10/14/2009

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ok.. well every other meal must be a bottle. he will be confused at 1st because the difference in texture and shape.. but you must help him by pulling the bottle slightly in and out to help him suck. Key is consistence and once you see he has the hang of it then you slowly take away your nipple each day fewer breast feeds.

Soffie - posted on 10/14/2009

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I had a hard time going from breast to bottle. Fast flow nipples are needed and i started by pumping breastmilk and giving him an ounce at a time. he wouldn't take the frozen stuff. He would only take it in his swing at first then slowly he would drink 2 ounces then 3. I did this when i knew he was due for a feeding so i knew he would drink the fresh stuff.

Vanessa - posted on 10/14/2009

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I forgot....I was also told to have my husband, or someone besides me, give my son the bottle at first. I guess they are more likely to accept it from someone else. You may have known that, just wanted to add :)

Vanessa - posted on 10/14/2009

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We had difficulty getting our son to take a bottle as well. We ended up seeing a speech pathologist to assess his sucking behavior (we were also having some breast feeding issues). She was able to provide some exercises for him given how he was using his tongue. He was able to take a bottle all day recently, though towards the last feeding he started to go back to old behaviors (chewing on the bottle nipple rather than sucking).... I don't know if your having difficulty because your son can't seem to use the bottle or just isn't interested. If it is the first one maybe an evaluation can help? good luck. BTW...my son was about 3 1/2 months when we had the evaluation.

Tiffany - posted on 10/14/2009

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i wanna know too. my son is 9 months and only taken a bottle a handful of times!

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