Why wont my 9 week old take her bottle?

Ashley - posted on 02/08/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a 9 week old daughter who has a big appetite. She can usually take 6oz about every two hours. She takes the bottle fine in the morning and most of the afternoon, but I notice in the evening she refuses to take it. I know she is hungry because she puts her hands in her mouth, and her cry is her normal hungry cry. Also, sometimes its been more than 2 hours, so I know she is due for a feeding. But when I go to give her the bottle she screams, like she can be totally calm and when the nipple goes in her mouth she screams like crazy. I always make sure to check her diaper to make sure thats not the problem. It normally takes some walking around the house to calm her down and then she eventually takes it and guzzles it down. Why wont she take the bottle if that's what she wants?

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Ashley - posted on 02/11/2013

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Hi Jema, your post was helpful thank you very much. I think she actually may have started cutting teeth. I went out and bought some gripe water and put that on her gums and also bought some orajel baby teething and a teething ring. I was wondering if you had any tips for what else I can do to soothe her? She seems to be in pain, mostly in evening but sometimes during the day too. What did you do with your 3 year old?

Jema - posted on 02/10/2013

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Hi my name is jema and when my 3 yr old was about the same age she did the same thing. My doc said to just ad about a hqlf a teaspoon of cereal to her last bottle and it makes the food last longer in her belly and it is a different texture on her tongue. Also try different types of nipples. There are different brands that have different ridges and bumps on them. I had a different boytle for each feeding with my kid.

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could something in her mouth be hurting her? is there an edge on the bottle that may have become rough and scratching? is she other wise well? could she be constipated? is there is something causing discomfort or pain that could be the answer.

another thing could be that the milk is coming out to fast/slow and she is frustrated.

i hope this helps. i know it's vague, but it's a starting point.

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