Need advice to get my 7 month old daughter to take to the bottle...please help

Erica - posted on 02/18/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi, let me first off by saying that my daughter is a child with special needs; she was in the hospital for the first five months of her life. She was born with a rare heart defect and she has had to have two open-heart surgeries in her short life time. She has never really taken a whole bottle, when she would take the bottle, she would take what she could or wound want from it, then she was fed the rest through her NG tube. Now, after her second open-heart surgery, she refuses to take the bottle. We first thought she did not want it because of any injury she might of had from her surgery to her throat ( intubation), but she is now going on 8 weeks post surgery. I have tried speech therapy and nothing seems to work with the advice they have given me. Little tips here and there have not worked, I am not sure if is because is being stubborn and does not want the bottle, because she can control that, if she does not like the taste of formula (I have tried different ones, she does not like the nipple (I have tried various ones), etc.

Because of her rare condition, I have now become a SAHM to take care of her. I want to be the best mommy I can be to my daughter, and I love being at home with her and seeing all of her progress, but it has become increasingly frustrating when it comes to her feeding issues.

Is there anyone out there who has had a similar experience? I could use and would appreciate any advice to help get my daughter to take the bottle.

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Roxana - posted on 02/19/2013

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First I would like to send best wishes to you and your family, it must be stressful for you and your baby to have to go what she's gone and going through.
Might I suggest, if she doesn't take a bottle to try and teach her to take a sippy cup? the flow of food from a nipple is slower then the sippy cups and she may get more in a feeding before fighting it.
if you've tried other companies (bottles) there is also the option to switch to a 'grown up' bottle, (like water bottles we use while exercising for instance) it may take a while to find a bpa-free easier-to-drink-from water bottle but she might find the differences interesting to explore.
if its the formula, have you tried making her formula less concentrated? sometimes babies like the texture (or don't in this case) and watering it out might help her throat accept the food.
lastly, if she's so fussy you've tried everything else, then the only other option I can think of giving her less per serving and more frequent. until she has a schedule, then slowly extend the times again. (think of an accordion as the wait time between feedings)
I hope all works well, keep posting your progress, and questions if any :)

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Yummum - posted on 02/19/2013

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Erica all the best to you! And you have been a great mom supporting your baby and being with her. Best wishes to you guys!.
I'm having the same problem with my 7month old baby girl. She's been exclusively breast fed and I thought I would take it up to one year but now I just feel like I've reached a point where I'm not enjoying it anymore but it's getting me irritated! She hates the bottle nipples and plays with the nipple of the sippy cup. She's eating regularly now which helps, and having water in her beaker ..but when it comes to sleeping or is cranky she wants me!
I'm hoping to just keep trying with the bottle and beaker,survive the tantrums and hopefully get her hooked on to something else too!

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