How can I get my little one to bottle feed?

Kirsty - posted on 07/02/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I'm trying to get my baby to bottle feed, but she won't at all, I've tried breastmilk, different types of formula, has anybody got any tips?

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Kirsty - posted on 07/03/2009

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Im still breastffeeding aswell, I wanted it to be a gradual progression on to the bottle, but I don't think it's going to happen! Thankyou so much for all your tips

Courtney - posted on 07/02/2009

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My daughter (she's now two) REFUSED the bottle. I couldn't be away for more than a couple hours. Then I had a car accident when she was two months old and was in the hospital for a full day. I couldn't feed her because I was on IVs with painkillers and whatnot. Since I wasn't there to feed her, she had no choice but to take the bottle. When I was able to feed her again, she had no problem with breast or bottle. I think it all comes down what the choices are at the time. My sister's baby didn't like breastfeeding. But she would take the breastmilk from a bottle. My niece is now 5 months old and had to switch to formula. Something about my sister's breastmilk didn't agree with her anymore. She switched her diet around and nothing worked. But, she is now perfectly happy with formula.

Katie - posted on 07/02/2009

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Oh my goodness I just went through the very same thing!! My little one did not want anything to do with a bottle at all! he cried and screamed and he just would not do it. I had no other choice I had to stop breastfeeding immediatley my doctor said. So I tried a bunch of different bottles, It took a couple days but he did catch on, when he realized there was nothing else. I had the best luck with the breast flow bottles and the avent bottles, but every baby is different. And to get him to take the formula i was told to sweeten the milk a little with strawberry milk powder, just a tiny bit, and lessen it each feeding, because breastmilk is naturally alot sweeter than formula my doc said this was ok. Just a question are you switching to the bottle all together or are you still breastfeeding too? if you are still going to breastfeed it may be more of a battle with your little one because he/she will know that he can get the breast when you get home, thats the way my girlfriends baby is, she will sometimes wait the whole time her mom is at work and not eat just so she can get the breast when she gets home.

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Are you feeding her or letting someone else give the bottle? I found that my son would refuse the bottle if I was in the room, but he eventually started to take it when I was away. It definitely takes time to get them used to the bottle - just keep offering, she'll figure it out with a little practice.

Bridget - posted on 07/02/2009

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Try different nipples to see if one of those works better. Also make sure someone else gives her the bottle. It will probably take awhile before she wil take it. Try to give her the bottle everyday around the same time. This is what we had to do with my son and he now takes both very easily.

Kirsty - posted on 07/02/2009

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She's 15 weeks, she puts it in her mouth and just spits out the milk and pushes the nipple out.

Camille - posted on 07/02/2009

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How old is she? I started mine around 3-4 weeks old. The doctors and nurses advise against it because they can have nipple confusion but my daughter had no problems. Sometimes it's easier if it's someone else who gives it too. Especially if it is breast milk you are giving them. They would rather the warmth of the breast the feel of skin. My hubby gave our daughter her first bottle of breast milk.

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