My 4.5 month old refuses to take a bottle!!!

Leona - posted on 01/26/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 4.5 month old will not take a bottle, I stay at home with him so it isn't horrible but I just need a break!! He will pull the bottle to his mouth but he just doesn't get how to suck out of the nipple, he chews on it more. Any suggestions on how to teach him how to suck out of the bottle?

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At that age you could try a sippy cup my three were breastfed never had a bottle so when they started having water or baby juice i gave them a cup.

MOMMBY Mom - posted on 01/27/2010

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I agree with what some of the moms said to have someone else try to give your baby a bottle. Another trick could be once your baby is latched on and breastfeeding to slip in the nipple of the bottle and hopefully your baby will start sucking.

I had the opposite problem, it was hard for my baby to breastfeed well. I tried a lot of different things to help my baby breastfeed and I used a different technique to help him to start sucking so maybe once your baby is breastfeeding he'll continue sucking once you put the bottle in his mouth?

Lastly, I would try different bottles and nipples like some of the other moms suggested. For more information on bottles, please refer to this article: http://mommby.com/Breastfeeding_and_Bott...

I wish you luck!

Jessica - posted on 01/26/2010

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If your child will not take a bottle look in their mouth for thrush. my youngest had that twice around that age and it is very painfull. she would not drink at all. if that is not what your child has then dont sweat that could be a good thing try a really good sippy cup. i recommend a no spill cup. that will come in handy. but i would definatly take your baby to the doctor just to make sure.

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Hi Leona, I would recommend trying the wide mouth bottles, with a latex nipple. The size is more like the breast and the latex is more plyable than silicone and can simulate the breast as well. For the first 6 months of life my son would only take a latex nipple because he did not like the silicone at all.

I would reiterate what another poster mentioned about contacting your birth hospital to see if they have a lactation consultant on staff.

Angela - posted on 01/26/2010

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Check with your ped. and then try dipping the nipple of the bottle into sugar water. Most babies can have sugar water and it tends to help. Also, check for signs of nipple confussion. My daughter had nipple confussion towards the bottle cause she is breastfed. So I used the big round nipples to start with then moved to the slimmer ones. Look for bottles that help encourge same as breastfeeding. And the ped. can have more tips for you to. Also, do you have a breastfeeding support group at the hospitol you birthed at. They can be helpful as well.

Ashley - posted on 01/26/2010

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my daughter refusedthe bottle her whole like life so far but try someone else to give the bottle or show him you drinking from it. babys love to mimic even at a young age good luck

LaWanda - posted on 01/26/2010

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Sometimes it helps if someone other then you feed him out of a bottle! Try having someone else feed you little one and see if that helps! Hope it works out for you.

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