Baby won't take Formula

Carolyn - posted on 04/27/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Hello,
My daughter is 9 months old and we have been doing all breastfeeding since birth. My milk supply got low around 4 months and decided to introduce formula to supplement and she refused. I decided to try other measures to increase my supply instead of fight with her to drink the formula. Well here we are at 9 months and my supply is virtually gone (she latches on and immediately unlatches and cries because no milk. I can't get a let down from her or the pump, etc.). She is absolutely refusing formula. I feel like I have tried everything: mixing with breast milk, sippy cup, a different cup, water bottle, different bottle, 3 different types of formula. Aside from lying her down on the floor and holding her down and stuffing the bottle in her mouth while she screams and cries, she won't drink it. I am desperate and am hoping someone might have a new suggestion that might work. Help!

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Carolyn - posted on 04/28/2009

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I spoke to the doctor yesterday and was basically told what you all advised. She said since she is being so dificult with this transition, to go straight to cow's milk and just be consistent and keep giving it to her in a cup during meals and a bottle at night. We'll see how it goes. I'm sure it's going to be pretty hard the next week or so during the adjustment.

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my daughter wouldnt drink formula either but then again if they have only had breast milk it does not taste anything like it and she is old enough for regular milk maby you could try rice milk vanilla flavoured my daughter seemed to enjoy it it tastes alot different then cows milk and if shes eating foods by now you really shouldnt need formula in her diet anymore

Lacey - posted on 04/27/2009

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im sorry!! that is my worst fear!! my daughter has boycotted formula and bottles! so now i cant leave her anywhere to long. I would have to say that this is one for the doctors. ask about almond milk

Patricia - posted on 04/27/2009

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when i had my son i had a real problem getting my breastmilk to come in so my doctor put me on an herbal tea called mothers tea, and some kind of pill called fenagreek, withing 24 hrs my milk came in, now the problem was when i needed to go back to work i had the same problem i couldnt get my son on a bottle he wanted the breast. all i can say is strictly give her the bottle, she will be fussy for several days but eventually she will get hungry enough she will take it. dont give up.

Mel - posted on 04/27/2009

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Quoting Kayleigh:

hey melissa do u think that paediasure stuff wud wrk wiv my daughter ive never heard of it thow????


Hi Kayleigh how old is your daughter again? I had never heard of it either til my daughters dietician mentioned it to me. its prob worth a try. its just a really high calorie formula for kids 1-10 yrs or 8 - 30 kilos (mine weighs less but is on it anyway) and its a meal replacement for kids that dont eat well. you can get it in the chemist I think it may be a little expensive though we pay $4 for a month supply from the hospital.

Vicky - posted on 04/27/2009

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I had a similar issue I had to try one cup diluted apple juice and added goats milk and/or regular soy milk for one other feeding with the addition of yogurt daily. He now will take cow's milk but he was a terror in the beginning with formula

Crystal - posted on 04/27/2009

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Carolyn, my heart goes to you on this. A screaming hungry baby is tough. I breastfed until mine was 9 months old and he would not take the powdered formula. He would only take the premixed stuff from an avent bottle. Also, yeast helps produce milk. If you get desperate try drinking a beer before bed to see if you can get a little more milk for in the morning.

Heather - posted on 04/27/2009

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I was only able to BF my first son for 3 months because I stopped producing. Heres the thing, They get hungry enough, they will take it. You COULD put a little bit of cairo syrup in there to make it sweeter like breast milk though.

Michelle - posted on 04/27/2009

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Quoting Kristy:

hi i know you did say that you have tried different bottles but just wondering if you have tried the tomee tippee close to nature bottles...? My daughter refused every type of bottle other than this. Also i know its probably not the best thing to do but you could try adding just a little bit of sugar into the formula and then as she gets used to the flavour decrease the amount. She will get there. goodluck :)



I have to agree with Kirsty, the tomee tippee bottles are fantastic, i had the same problem with my daughter and theese bottles went down a treat. She took to them straight away and ive had no problems since.

Kayleigh - posted on 04/27/2009

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hey melissa do u think that paediasure stuff wud wrk wiv my daughter ive never heard of it thow????

Carolyn - posted on 04/27/2009

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She loves yogurt and cheese, so it definitely isn't an allergy to dairy. She does eat 3 meals a day and loves food, she is also 22 pounds, so I know she is well nourished. My biggest issue is before bed she is hungry and wakes in the middle of the night - which hasn't happened in months before. I like the Pediasure idea and I was also suggested to add Stoneyfield Farm smoothie to the formula to sweeten it, so I may try those ideas.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/27/2009

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your daughter might be reacting to it and she cant talk so she cant tell you. my son was the same. I tried to give him formula at 10 months and refused. dont force her because that will only make her feel like she cant trust you. There is a reason she wont take it and if you have tried everything to make her take it (without forcing her) then thats all you can do. good job for breast feeding that long, 9 months is great because shes so close to not needing it. how does she do with solids? my son is a year and he still breast feeds but not that often, to make sure that he gets what he needs i make sure to feed him a lot of full fat yogurt and cheese. is she okay with milk? they say that you should wait a year before introducing milk but if she doesnt react to it then i dont think its a problem at nine months. i started with it at 10 months and my doctor said it was better than nothing. give it a try and good luck

Kristy - posted on 04/27/2009

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hi i know you did say that you have tried different bottles but just wondering if you have tried the tomee tippee close to nature bottles...? My daughter refused every type of bottle other than this. Also i know its probably not the best thing to do but you could try adding just a little bit of sugar into the formula and then as she gets used to the flavour decrease the amount. She will get there. goodluck :)

Mel - posted on 04/27/2009

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wow she is! have a look for paediasure you can get it in vanilla chocolate strawberry and banana flavour its a high calorie formula for kids that dont eat but i have heard of people using it for babies that dont want normal formulas. mine has it for weight but she loves cows milk as well. have you talked to a pedi or child health nurse? doctors generally dont knw much about babies so i dont go to them anymore

Carolyn - posted on 04/27/2009

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Thanks for the advice, Melissa. I tried whole cow's milk for 3 days and she refused it. Stubborn, isn't she?

Mel - posted on 04/27/2009

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at 9 months i would see what she thinks of cows milk. some babies have this issues after 6 months or even 4 months. i had to force feed mine for the first 2 months with a bottle so i know how you feel with that she used to bruise my arm trying to refuse her bottle. other then that maybe try more types of formula or try formula mixed with cows milk of you still want to have have the formula in her diet?

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