Breastfeeding BABY 3 MONTHS WON'T TAKE BOTTLE

Jessica - posted on 07/11/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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HI LADIES i have a 3 month old baby who refuses a bottle pacifier and anything plastic. I introduced the bottle at 3 weeks and he took it just fine no problems and suddenly he will have nothing to do with it, my boss called last week and expects me back in a few weeks. any ideas or advice on getting him to take the bottle would be greatly apprecited. I only give him ebm and plan to continue once i go back to work. Thanks ladies

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Rebecca - posted on 07/18/2009

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Hi, I feel your pain. My son took a bottle when we first brought him home from the hospital in the few days I was getting used to breast feeding and it hurt so I expressed for him while I got used to it. He thought it was fine. Then we didn't use a bottle again until he was about 3 months old because he didn't need supplements and he was never away from me. He wouldn't take it anymore. I had advice telling me to try different bottles, try formula, try EBM, make it warm, keep it room temp, make it cold, etc. I tried absolutely everything. I tried giving him the bottle, my partner tried, friends, MIL, my Mum, every now and then he would take it but mostly he'd scream the moment he saw it. I knew I had to go back to work when he was 22 weeks and was stressing because I was running out of time.

I kept leaving him with my Mum and I was really worried because most days he'd have some solid food, but very little to drink. I tried tricking him into using the bottle by squirting it in his mouth and putting apple on the end of the bottle and each time worked, but then the next time he worked it out and refused it again.

Honestly the only thing that worked was perseverance. Just keep trying. He doesn't have a bottle preference, he doesn't care what's in the bottle or anything. He now takes it with no problems at all. It just happened one day out of the blue and he hasn't gone back. My baby will also only take a dummy when he's happy and he sucks so hard on it that he spits it out. He's just so used to the breast.

Keep trying, he'll get it eventually. He'll get thirsty and think "the hell with it" and he'll be crying because he's reached the end of the bottle before you know it.

Kathy - posted on 02/19/2010

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go to a sippy cup,not a baby's need a bottle, you can also use a spoon , eye dropper, or soft sided cup, so don't freak out about a bottle. Baby's are smart about how they like their milk

Annette - posted on 02/02/2010

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oh yeah, my kid like the Dr. Brown bottle but I went through 5 different types till i found the one he liked best.

Lori - posted on 01/21/2010

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"I swear by The First Years Breastflow bottles... they force the baby to actually latch on the bottle and they mimic letdown."

Ditto here! The Breastflow bottles are a miracle! The only bottle my bubs will have anything to do with - and you can even see by the way he takes it in his mouth that it looks like he's latching to the breast. Can't rave enough.

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Amber - posted on 04/15/2010

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My daycare lady went crazy because my son fought bottles his first week there. One day he only ate 1 oz of EBM. It took a full week of him refusing to eat during the day before he suddenly decided to eat. I even took him to the doctor and was told he'd eat when he's hungry. He still gets a little stubborn about taking a bottle from someone new.

Sara - posted on 02/19/2010

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Have you tried a nipple shield on you? He would still be breastfeeding, but through a man made nipple . . . perhaps this will lead to him being ok with a bottle.
I did have a friend though whose 2 kids never did the bottle, they were just brought to her at work to feed.

Kathy - posted on 02/07/2010

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skip the bottle & use a tippy cup removethe valve at first ,until they get the just.. completely supervise. then put the valve backin....not all babies need a bottle.

Annette - posted on 02/02/2010

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just keep at it. my son was the same way. breastfed for 4 1/2 months before i had to go back to work. started introducing the bottle 3 weeks before. he took it the week before. what a relief! i thought i was going to have to delay my return date. what worked for me was feeding him in the morning bottle. if he didn't take it at 7am, i didn't give him breast but waited till the next feeding to nurse him (10am). that did the trick. see if it works for you. fyi, he may throw a fit the first time you try this. so every day his 7am meal was bottle. he ate 1oz. at first, then 2oz., then a full 4oz. then i was home free! i nurse him at breast after work and on the weekend and he took bottle at the daycare, no problem. i stopped nursing at 10 months. good luck!

Lily - posted on 01/26/2010

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Hi,

For my Emma, finally, I found a bottle that really works!! MAM bottle (www.mambaby.com)! She used to cry with all other bottles: Dr. Brown's, Medela, Adiri, NUK, Coddlelife, Pigeon, Prince Lionheart. I really swear by MAM bottles, the teats are really soft, really mimicking the breast nipples.

Stephanie - posted on 09/23/2009

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I'm having a similar problem with my son. We've been trying to get him to take a bottle for the last 4 weeks or so. He is 9 1/2 weeks now. He simply refused to eat from a bottle and would wail and scream until I fed him. My husband or mother would try with me in a different room however he knew I was around and wouldn't eat. I bought the The FirstYears bottles that were recommended a couple of days ago and he seems to be doing better with them, actually drink 2 4 oz. bottles today from my husband. I hope he continues to take them as I will be returning to work in a couple of weeks. We will keep trying and see.

As long as your little guy is gaining weight like he should and the doctor has no concerns with him then I wouldn't be as concerned. He is getting what he needs. My aunt told me that with her second son that she would breast feed him all night and while she was at work during the day that he wouldn't take a bottle and was never bottle fed even with breast milk.

Jessica - posted on 08/16/2009

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thank you all for your advice we are still trying with no luck he will not eat the entire time i am at work he will take solids but no bottle

Amanda - posted on 07/21/2009

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I swear by The First Years Breastflow bottles... they force the baby to actually latch on the bottle and they mimic letdown.

Jackie - posted on 07/18/2009

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Your baby has established a special bond with you. Perhaps you could have your husband, sitter or someone else try to give him the bottle. But when he's with you he's letting you know he enjoys nursing.

Rebecca - posted on 07/18/2009

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Hi, I feel your pain. My son took a bottle when we first brought him home from the hospital in the few days I was getting used to breast feeding and it hurt so I expressed for him while I got used to it. He thought it was fine. Then we didn't use a bottle again until he was about 3 months old because he didn't need supplements and he was never away from me. He wouldn't take it anymore. I had advice telling me to try different bottles, try formula, try EBM, make it warm, keep it room temp, make it cold, etc. I tried absolutely everything. I tried giving him the bottle, my partner tried, friends, MIL, my Mum, every now and then he would take it but mostly he'd scream the moment he saw it. I knew I had to go back to work when he was 22 weeks and was stressing because I was running out of time.

I kept leaving him with my Mum and I was really worried because most days he'd have some solid food, but very little to drink. I tried tricking him into using the bottle by squirting it in his mouth and putting apple on the end of the bottle and each time worked, but then the next time he worked it out and refused it again.

Honestly the only thing that worked was perseverance. Just keep trying. He doesn't have a bottle preference, he doesn't care what's in the bottle or anything. He now takes it with no problems at all. It just happened one day out of the blue and he hasn't gone back. My baby will also only take a dummy when he's happy and he sucks so hard on it that he spits it out. He's just so used to the breast.

Keep trying, he'll get it eventually. He'll get thirsty and think "the hell with it" and he'll be crying because he's reached the end of the bottle before you know it.

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