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Baby will not take bottle

Kimberley - posted on 01/25/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have a 6 wk old who is breast fed. I will be returning to work in 4 wks and have tried to introduce the bottle for 2 wks. She absolutely refuses to take it! She either "thick tongues" it (pushes the nipple out with her tongue) or gags. I've read online and tried different nipples, warming the nipple, my husband has tried, we've tried walking around, feeding her in the bouncy seat among many things and nothing seems to work! I would appreciate any advice! My son took the bottle without any problems at all.

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Anita - posted on 01/31/2009

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Quoting Kimberley:

Baby will not take bottle

I have a 6 wk old who is breast fed. I will be returning to work in 4 wks and have tried to introduce the bottle for 2 wks. She absolutely refuses to take it! She either "thick tongues" it (pushes the nipple out with her tongue) or gags. I've read online and tried different nipples, warming the nipple, my husband has tried, we've tried walking around, feeding her in the bouncy seat among many things and nothing seems to work! I would appreciate any advice! My son took the bottle without any problems at all.



Hi.



I went back to work when my daughter was four months, soley breastfed and ofcourse we had to wean her and she cried and cried.  But I kept doing it, kept pushing teat in and offering.  I held her close and she was beside herself.  It's a matter of keeping at it and it will just go in and she will accept it if she is hungry  so don't offer boob for a while.  I have known of babies that will only take room temperture milk not warm.



I have worked in daycare and also have worked with babies who are on bottle for first time, they scream and you know what, when hungry, they will take it.

Mel - posted on 01/31/2009

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Are you still having trouble? My oldest wouldn't take a bottle either, and there weren't very many nipple choices out there then. When my youngest had that issue also, I had to use the Playtex drop in bottle system with the wider based nipple. I also had to get the nipple that allowed faster flow, because my milk came out pretty fast and that's what she was used to.



With my first daughter, I had to add holes to the nipple (use a safety pin, needle, or sharp metal cake tester before you sterilize the nipple.) to mimic the breast milk flow.



Waiting until you think she's hungry enough might work, it didn't for me. It just caused me to be totally stressed out and give in.



I hope you have luck with this, I know how stressful it is thinking about going back to work and pumping....



 

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Christina - posted on 01/31/2009

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It sounds like you're already trying the standard things people say to try. Besides trying some of the different bottle systems that have different shaped nipples. . . you might try cup feeding. I pumped for a year with both our kids so they could have breastmilk by bottle when I was at work. Our daughter took the bottle fine, our son still occasionally screws up the nipple from tugging at it or pushing it in, but all in all he does ok, so we never did cup feeding. BUT, I remember reading somewhere that some people will cup feed breastfed newborns as opposed to bottle feeding to avoid the whole nipple confusion thing. Supposedly they learn to sip from a lidless cup just fine. I would imagine it is quite messy at first, but so is having them push out the bottle nipple! Good luck when you go back to work. . . maternity in the wintertime is the hardest. . . I was so stir crazy. Love the haircut BTW!

Emma - posted on 01/31/2009

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hi i had the same problem and was adviced not to be in the room while someone else tries to feed her. she will resist it at first and will cry. dont let her get to stressed but stay strong and she will take it.

it is hard but dont give up.

Victoria - posted on 01/25/2009

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hey, prob not much help.but i heard from other mums that had the same problem that eventually if you do not give in and breastfeed while trying to give them the bottle then they will get hungry and that will be their only option. know youve prob heard it before ! i k now its hard to hear them cry . sorry

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