Bottle refusal

Jamie - posted on 09/26/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My breastfed daughter is now 23 weeks old and refuses to take a bottle. She took one at 2 weeks and 4 weeks and has refused since. I have tried several nipples, leaving her with a sitter and when juice became ok I tried juice and water. Sippy cups are going the same way. Anyone else ever have this problem and find a solution because I'm tired of wasting money on bottles she won't take and really need a break.

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Tiffany - posted on 09/26/2009

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My daughter is 6 months I am going through the same thing, I quit trying to give a bottle it is a waste of time and it only makes her mad. I put all of my energy in to finding the right sippy cup, at first she would not take the cup but after a week of playing with it like it is a toy she loves it. She will not take breast milk from the cup she gets really mad if I try. I started with watered down juice and I put ice in it to make it really cold. That seemed to help. Good luck I know how hard it is!

Jamie - posted on 09/26/2009

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Lol tried that. She pulls away and looks up at me like I'm crazy. I have tried sticking it in her mouth when she is half awake...

Leslie - posted on 09/26/2009

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Wow....my son straight up refused bottles from the time he was two months old, but then we tried the Nuby sippy cups with the soft silicone spout and he loved those. He never did take my milk in them very well, but by the time he became a year he would start taking other milks in a sippy. (We tried cow milk only to have to switch to rice and then finally landing on Lactaid.) He is 22 months now and has happily been using all sorts of sippys since that first one when he was 6 months old. Maybe the trick will be persistence; I know at this age they get "set in their ways" and they dig their heels in. You may have to try what I finally resorted to when I was trying to wean my son down to two nursings a day; I just lied and told him that mommy didn't have milk until_____(fill in the blank). It was hard at first because he was really upset, but eventually he realized that "mommy just doesn't have" the milk he wants right now and he would have to wait until it was "ready." Did I feel lousy for telling a little white lie? Sure, but he was 18 months and it was just time to start releasing his hold on my girls. He still nurses once in the mornings, but THAT I can handle.

Tcordukes - posted on 09/26/2009

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my son refused bottles until he was about 7 months, try and hang in there with breastfeeding i know its a bit tough but she will take a bottle aventually, good luck

Morgan - posted on 09/26/2009

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I have never had this problem, but one idea might be to hold the bottle nipple next to your own nipple so that she thinks she is breastfeeding, until she gets used to drinking from the bottle. good luck

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