BF'ing baby won't take bottle or pacifier

Chelsea - posted on 05/17/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 4 months old and is breastfeeding exclusively. From day one she's refused both bottle and pacifier. So not only am I her only source of food but I'm also her source for comfort sucking. She will sometimes want to suckle for two hours! (usually right before bed). I love breastfeeding and the bond my daughter and I have but we are literally attached at the hip, or should I say boob. Any advice on how to get her to take a bottle and/or pacifier? I've tried ALL the brands....but no luck.

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CARRIE - posted on 05/17/2010

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I know you said that you have tried all brands but, I'm going to suggest one just in case you haven't tried it. The brand is MAM. The reason I ask is because I tried every brand of pacifier on the market and that is the only one my son will use. We have even tried to trick him with other paci's who's nipples look just like the MAM. He instantly spits them out. If the Mam pacifiers work then the bottle might work also because the bottle nipple is shaped just like their pacifier nipple. Babies have a strong need to suck and a paci might help give you a break when she's not really hungry but, she needs to satisfy her sucking reflex. Good luck, I hope you find something to help.

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Chelsea - posted on 05/23/2010

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@ Carrie: Well, the MAM products didn't work either! I even dipped the pacifier in sugar water to encourage her to take it. No luck! I think it's still too long. She took the tip and played with it but gagged when it was all the way in.
@Bridget: I hope she'll take to the sippy cup like your daughter did. I'm supposed to go back to work when my daughter is 6 months old but that's only happening if she'll eat without me!

Bridget - posted on 05/17/2010

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I had exactly the same problem and I tried Breast Flow bottles, and Adiri bottles. My daughter liked the Breast Flow bottles more than anything else. But she was resistent to take a bottle, to the point that my doctor told me to wait until she was ready for a sippy cup and skip the bottles all together. Around 6 months my daughter started with a sippy cup and then took to a bottle pretty easily. I feel for you, I spent 6 months with my daughter at my boob constantly! She is almost 8 months and she takes the bottle if necessary. Good luck!

CARRIE - posted on 05/17/2010

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Glad to be of help! Please let me know if they work. I buy my MAM products from Babies R US, Target, and Wal-mart. I also use their teethers and tooth brush. And if you decide that you like them their FB fan page is the best......http://www.mambaby.com/?websiteLang=us

Chelsea - posted on 05/17/2010

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Ah so I haven't tried all the brands! That one looks like it's more nipple shaped which is what I've been searching for. Thanks! I can't wait to try it.

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