10 wk old is refusing the bottle and I return to work in 2 wks!

Tanya - posted on 12/05/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )




I'm listening to my 10 wk old scream at the top of her lungs downstairs, refusing to take the bottle from daddy (for the second day in a row). I'm hiding so she thinks I'm not home. She used to take it reluctantly (started trying it periodically at 5 wks) and now she would rather starve. A panicky feeling has come over me since I return to work 2 wks from tomorrow...I'm using playtex slow-flow with drop-in liners and have also tried the First steps Breast Flow. I don't think it has to do with the bottle. She just wants the breast. Anyone else been through this?


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Keshia - posted on 12/05/2010




maybe she doesnt like the bottle we got all kinds of difffernt bottles for our baby shower and the only ones my sonw ould use are the avent we got a set like this

it was nice because it came with different size bottles and nipples so it adjusted to hsi size as he got older

Laura - posted on 12/05/2010




First of all Tanya, take a deep breath and relax! Problems are more difficult to solve when you are "panicky". You have some time yet to resolve this issue, which, by the way, you seem to be on the right track in solving.

Your strategy of staying out of sight while dad feeds your daughter is a good one--keep using that! If you are consistent, she should eventually catch on and make the switch. Trying different nipples is also a good idea. Make sure that you are giving new nipples enough time to adjust to; use the same type for about a week (or two) before trying a new one. All of these changes take time--which requires patience from parents! That is an invaluable parenting tool to use right now.

Your baby may be unhappy with the feeding arrangements, but she will not starve as long as food is consistently offered. Ultimately she will take in enough to satisfy her hunger. Remember that you are the parent and need to take into consideration such things as work, which your baby could care less about, and that the schedule and tools you are using have been selected to best meet everyone's needs. You have nothing to feel bad about and your daughter will eventually adjust to the new arrangements. If, however, you are at all concerned about her weight or calorie intake, You can always consult your doctor or pediatrician for additional advice. Hope this helps and hang in there, it should get better!

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