How to bottlefeed a breastfed baby!

Mandi - posted on 04/21/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




My little guy is 3 months old and refuses to take a bottle. I am exclusively breastfeeding but need him to get used to a bottle since I'll have to go to work soon. Any ideas on how to get him to take a bottle?! I think I've tried 5 different nipples, when he's hungry, when he's not hungry, when he's sleepy, had someone else try when I'm not in the room, etc. I feel like I'm running out of options...any advice would be helpful!! Thanks!


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Antonia - posted on 04/21/2009




Oh dear.....

I work at a kindy and have had a little girl about the same age who wouldnt take her bottle either! When she was still very little, we would try and try the bottle but she blantantly refused it. she would end up some days having 1 out of 3 bottles for the day- talk about stubborn!!!

All i can suggest is try having her fed in different positions; on her back in someones arms, in a rocker, on a triangle pillow on the floor, or even maybe in a similar pos. to how he is bf. Other than that, he just might not like the formula, a different brand may help you..... and try and get that bottle very, very warm, like the breastmilk is for him!

Wish you the best of luck!

Jacquie - posted on 04/21/2009




Did you try the playtex nursers? its a really big nipple not the normal shape. My daughters wouldn't take a bottle and we tried 3 different nipples before that one and it seemed to work instantly.

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pump some extra so when you go to work they can feed him the breast milk out of a bottle, he will heat when he is hungry if he doesnt take much while you are at work make sure to nurse him as soon as you get home and he will be fine. My son was the same way

Amie - posted on 04/21/2009




I agree you may just need to bite the bullet and leave baby with someone and a bottle on hand. They won't starve and they will eventually take it. My MIL did this with our newborn. I've been pumping and starting her on bottles for a few reasons. MIL was someone we knew who would be patient though. As much as she gets on my nerves she loves her grandbabies. So hubby and I went out, our older two were at my mom & dad's for the week already so our toddler and baby went to the in laws. We were gone an hour and a half. She took the entire bottle and MIL had to run across the street to our house and get another bag of milk since she wanted more. She's done well since then, she only gets one bottle a day so far and only from dad. Since when she sees me she will spit it out and just freak until I BF her. So dad does it while I go sit somewhere and pump.

Pat - posted on 04/21/2009




hi mandi,I knew some one whos baby wouldnt take bottles,and what she did was let someone have the baby for a couple of hours or a day,I dont know what else to suggest pat x

S - posted on 04/21/2009




I had the same problem. My daughter didn't want to take the bottle at all, especially not from me even though I pumped and 'tried" to feed her from the bottle from her second month (just to get her used to it since I needed to go back to work).

I contacted a lactation consultant from la leche league and she took me through a couple of exercises to get her to take the bottle. One of the things she told me is to have someone else give the baby her bottle since she sees me and wants to BF....

Give it a try, have your husband or mother feed her with the bottle for one feeding during the will take time for your baby to realize that he has to drink from the bottle. Good luck

Micki - posted on 04/21/2009




My first daughter was the SAME way! We used the little Gerber bottles, they have a small nipple, but she only took it if she was sitting in a bouncy seat, not being held by someone else. It never really got better. I breastfed her for a year, worked full time and the sitter just kept her in the seat and she would eat. She never did take a bottle well for me though. . . . I know that probably isn't what you want to hear, but your boy obviously just loves being that close to you!

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