2 month old refusing bottle

Lindsay - posted on 02/17/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hi Everyone!

My 2 month old son has been amazing with breastfeeding and taking a bottle of breastmiklk when I need a break. About a week ago he all of the sudden started refusing his the bottle of pumped milk. I have tried warming it up immidiately before giving to him, and he will drink about an ounce and then spit it out and cry...I keep trying a few times a day, and when my husband is home we have him try with me out of the room... nothing I have read in the books and online is really working. My pediatrician said that it would be okay to keep trying the bottle and to "banish" the breast until he takes the bottle... not for an extended period of time of course, but at least one feeding. Thoughts or advice on this would be wonderful!!

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My oldest daughter was awful about bottles and pacifiers. She never took either of them. At three months, I was told I could give her a sippy cup with breastmilk in it. At first I did not put the non spill part in so it would flow easy. I would tilt it towards her mouth and let a some touch her lip and mouth. It took awhile, but she did learn to drink from it. If you decide to skip a nursing session until she takes a bottle, make sure you pump at that meal time. Otheriwse, you may become overly full. Your body will respond in the same way it does when someone is weaning their baby. It assumes you no longer need that amount at that time. You will have to work harder to get that milk supply back.

Amanda - posted on 03/21/2010

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are you using the slow flow nipples still cause your son may want the fast flow now....My daughter would just cry with the slow flow when she was ready to switch and was just fine after i switched. Hope this helps

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Chewming - posted on 03/21/2010

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thanks amanda. i know i have very fast milkflow during letdown so i tried different nipples and they were all fast flow. which nipple do u recommend?

Semra - posted on 03/21/2010

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I am having the same problems. My son is now 3 months old and I would occasionally give him a bottle so I could get a rest here and there. He would take it fine with no complaints. We stopped giving him the bottle for a few weeks and then we tried and he wouldn't take it. He'd scream and fight, pretend he was choking, spit it out etc.. I don't know what to do because I thought he didn't like the formula so I tried putting my milk in there and the same thing happens. It's very frustrating when you need a break.

I'm also having trouble getting him to drink full stop. I thought he had bad reflux and was giving him medication and he would rarely take it. He would have little sucks here and there and it was freaking me out. He finally started drinking a bit more on friday and now he seems constipated an in constant pain from pushing. He was always very regular with runny poos, and now there is only little stripes in his nappy. I can't work out whats wrong and I feel like I've been to a thousand drs etc..

Today he was screaming every time I put him down to sleep. He would suck on his hands constantly but when I offer him the breast he would pull away and look in the other direction, cry , screech and fuss. I am so tired and I really don't know what to do.

Sorry this wasn't much help but I would appreciate anyone else who had similar problems and solutions to help me.

Thank you

Does anyone else have this problem?

Chewming - posted on 03/20/2010

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Thank you Jennifer, i didnt know breastfeeding would give me so much problems. i bottlefed my elder daughter and had no problem with it! she even took pacifier which helped her slept on her own. now my son needs the breast to sooth himself to sleep. I wished someone had told me about the setbacks of breastfeeding! :( thank you anyway! i'll just have to keep trying.

Jennifer - posted on 03/19/2010

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Chewming,

Wow, I posted this over a year ago so I apologize for not remembering many details about getting my daughter to drink from a bottle. We switched from slow-flow to fast-flow nipples and my husband would sit with the baby and just kept trying until she eventually took the bottle. Sorry I'm not more help, but I just can't remember all the details.

Heather - posted on 03/19/2010

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My son is 8 1/2 months now and when he was about 3 months he stopped taking his bottle, we couldnt get him to eat, my friend said that her daughter did it too and reccommended I changes his bottle type, and sure enough we switched from Munchkin to Platex Drop-ins and he took right to them :) hope this helps!

Chewming - posted on 03/19/2010

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Hi Jennifer, i would like to know how your husband do it.. my son is 3mo and i'm really tired to have to be around him for feedings. I feel the need to go away sometimes. I have tried putting nipple shield and he would take it but fussed about the slow flow. so i tried a bottle with fast flow nipple but he still pushed it out with his tongue - no sucking at all! my guess is he thinks it's weird to have things other than breast in his mouth?

What did your husband do exactly, in detail? how long did he try every night? and he did it when she's hungry?

Jennifer - posted on 02/17/2009

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Lindsay-- my daughter is now 5 months old and I seem to remember her refusing a bottle around 2 months of age.  My husband had been giving her a bottle every so often, but then we hadn't done it in about 2-3 weeks.  When we tried, she outright refused to take it.  She kicked and screamed and cried.  He tried for several nights until eventually she gave in.  He sat with her for over an hour one night trying to get her to take 3 ounces from a bottle.  He'd put the nipple back in her mouth when she'd turn away.  If she was crying, he'd soothe her and then try again.  She was fiesty!   I know it's probably not helpful but my advice is just keep trying!  



PS - my daughter eventually started doing the same thing to me when I tried to breastfeed her in the evenings.  The lactation consultant I talked to said to try to her on the other side and then put her back on the first side again.  Her thoughts were that she was getting to the hindmilk which is thicker and harder to get out, so this was making her fussy.  So if I put her on the other side, she'd be soothed by the easy-flowing foremilk right away.  Then once she was calm, I could put her back on the first side to make sure she got the hindmilk.  Good luck! 

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