Breastfed wont accept bottle

Naira - posted on 04/09/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My paediatrician told me that my 6 month old should be taking some milk supplement besides breastfeed.The problem is that my baby wont accept bottle and its so tedious to feed her milk using a spoon. In theprocess her intake is quite less as compared to the average 6-7 ounces of milk per feed. Pls advise and help

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Your breastmilk is MORE than enough for the FULL first year. There is absolutely no reason why you should have to supplement. Is your child gaining weight? Is your child having plenty of wet diapers? And regular poopy diapers? If so, your child is doing perfectly with your breast alone. Babies don't NEED solids until they are a year old... before that is to test textures and tastes, not actually for nutrition. Keep up the great work breastfeeding, you are doing a fantastic job!!!

Jeanine - posted on 04/12/2010

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If you are breastfeeding and that is what your baby likes keep it up. I have to say the Ped is full of you know what, what did women do before formula was created...they breastfed. I know many women including myself that are still breastfeeding and have breastfed for up to a year and later and their children are just fine. God created us this way for a reason. I say you do what your baby wants and forget what the Dr says...some of them don't believe that breastfeeding is the best. Good luck!!!

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Vidyut - posted on 04/15/2010

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I never give N any milk other than breastfeeding and he's doing great. Doesn't make sense to get into formula. If your milk is insufficient or he seems to want something more, what's the point in formula? Give soups, juices, infant cereal, pureed foods (careful with spices)...

Jamie - posted on 04/14/2010

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Why in the world does he think your child needs "milk supplement"? Babies are not supposed to really get cow's milk until 12 months, your dr is asking for allergies in your baby later on! If your child needs calcium just take a prenatal/breastfeeding multi vitamin! Unfortunately breastfeeding is still not the feeding of choice for some :(

Rebecca - posted on 04/14/2010

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breastfeeding is the best thing you can give your child.... no formula or supplement!!! just make sure you are giving them their dialy vitamins, and continue to take your prenatal if you can!!!

Kerry - posted on 04/14/2010

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i had the same trouble and i brought the breastflow botttles which work like a boob and he now takes a bottle no problem i have only found those bottles on ebay or amazon tho

Jessica - posted on 04/13/2010

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i don't agree that you should supplement w/ milk... do you know how bad milk is for babies (and for adults, for that matter)? i don't follow a lot of what lulu's pediatrician says. most pediatricians' advice is just an opinion based on outdated information. do what you feel is best for your baby!! why did he/she recommend you supplement? is she not gaining weight?

Manuela - posted on 04/13/2010

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i am having the same problem but its getting better now. My baby is7 months now and i need to return to work in a few months. I have started Matthew on the bottle but he refused to take more than 40ml so i have cut down on solids so that he is hungry enough to take the bottle and gradually has increased his intake daily. He is now taking 150ml and its only taken a week to adjust. I still breastfeed him the night feed (3am if he wakes up) then the morning feed breast milk ony. Apart from that he is happy taking the bottle now. I also changed bottle that resembles the breast so try different bottles.
Good luck.
Manni

Angel - posted on 04/13/2010

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Playtex drops in with the latex nipple...that is what i did with my daughter. We also use the platex ventaires wide nipple (can use the playtex drop in nipples for them). Those are the only ones she will take.

Laurie - posted on 04/11/2010

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The only reason you would need to supplement a breastfed baby is if for some reason you are not producing enough milk for the baby's needs. I assume this is why your doctor wants additional food for your baby. At six months I would tend to start adding solid foods (instead of formula) to the mix anyway which would probably solve the problem if your child is simply not getting enough to eat due to growing needs. I found with my son that when he started solids, his intake of solids increased quite rapidly and his milk consumption stayed roughly the same. I could tell because I pumped all of his milk and fed it to him in a bottle. BTW - I assume you are giving formula via spoon - so another reason may be the taste and not just the bottle itself. You might try expressing some breast milk and giving that in a bottle to see if that is the problem rather than the bottle itself. My son would not touch formula even when he was quite hungry and bottles were never a problem. If you smell the formula vs the breastmilk you would probably agree with him.

Julia - posted on 04/11/2010

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I fulheartedly dissagree with your pediatrician. No baby needs additional milk supplementation if they are Breastfed. Don't force it. Breast milk is what is best for your baby and if your baby is happy with your breast milk, then why would you mess with that. Also, I believet hat cows milk is not supposed to be introduced until close to 1 year....
check out www.drjacknewman.com for more info on breastfeeding, breastmilk and additional support!

Whitney - posted on 04/09/2010

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My baby wouldn't take a bottle for 2 months. We tried different bottles and nothing worked. I just kept trying and also started giving him the sippy cup. He took straight to the sippy cup and then all of a sudden he took a bottle again. I have heard when they are teething sometimes they stop taking the bottle.

Sarah - posted on 04/09/2010

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I really agree with katherine, I didnt even think as to why they would need the supplement in the first place. Is she not gaining any weight?

Katherine - posted on 04/09/2010

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While pedatricians seem to know everything about babies, they don't know what works for YOUR baby. It seems that she doesn't want milk/formula, so you don't have to give it to her if she won't take the bottle. If you're breastfeeding, continue to do so. Supplementing like that may only sabotage your efforts. And if she seemed happy with just nursing before, I see no problem in continuing it. It also might be that it's you trying to give her the bottle. She knows that her good-tasting food comes from you and she can probably smell it. Try to get someone else to feed her from the bottle and she might take it.

Sarah - posted on 04/09/2010

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maybe try a sippy cup, I hear of alot of bfed babies going right to the cup. I know she is pretty young, but it might work.

Leah - posted on 04/09/2010

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i know with my son he will not take a bottle from me at all. I have to have someone else try with him, and it worked. I also mix it half breastmilk and half formula. i dont know if you've tried it but it took a few tries. He now takes a bottle 3 times a day while i work, but still will not take a bottle from me.

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