Transitioning to the bottle???

Jerika - posted on 08/25/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 8 wks old and I am scheduled to return to work in 2 wks. I have been trying to get her to take a bottle for weeks now and she refuses. We have tried EVERY bottle available, any suggestions? I AM DESPERATE! Any help is appreciated!

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Jennifer - posted on 08/27/2009

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Have you had someone else give her the bottle?



I know it is difficult, but when you go back to work, she will get hungry and eat. And will get used to the bottle.

Arela - posted on 08/27/2009

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I think that it helps to give you child time to adjust... I had to go back to work two weeks after my son was born so I gave him a bottle for the first time when he was about a week old. I would suggest trying to give bottles of breast milk first and breastfeeding first, so that your baby isn't cranky and hungry when you give the bottle.

Good luck!

Kathy - posted on 08/26/2009

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Maybe its the milk. You may have to try a different formula. If that's not the answer, maybe the nipple on the bottle is too hard or too soft. Good luck!!!

Jerika - posted on 08/26/2009

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Yes, I am pumping. I did the same with my 20 month old, I pumped a few times a day at work (I work long days) and just nursed her in the evening/ overnight when I got home- she took the bottle no problem. I have tried to leave the room, even the house so my mom could try to get her to take the bottle, my husband has tried and then I have tried. She will play with the nipple and smile, but doesn't really latch on to it, no sucking. I guess I just have to be persistent. I am just feeling the pressure of my return date coming quickly. My only other thought is to take her to my mother in laws (she keeps them when I am at work) and leave for a few hours so maybe she is forced to take it or be hungry, I would hope she wouldn't be THAT stubborn!LOL! Oh yeah, I have tried breastmilk and formula both, neither worked. Even tried dipping the nipple in sugar water, but she also doesn't take a pacifier. Thanks for the suggestions, I will try them!!!

Linda - posted on 08/25/2009

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First you need to buy the bottles that are made specially for that purpose. Alternate feedings and hold her while she drinks her bottle in the same manner as when she is breastfed. You also may try to pump and freeze your milk for when you are not there.

Christina - posted on 08/25/2009

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What do you notice her doing when she refuses? Is it the nipple she doesn't like? The way she is being held versus when she was being breastfed? I was in the same situation of needing to get both my kids switched to bottles since I was returning to work and I was fortunate in the fact neither of my kids had much of an issue, but I tried to set the atmosphere to be nearly identical as to when I would nurse. Same music or TV going, same lighting, same chair, and I even propped them up like I was nursing them but used the bottle instead. Have you also switched to formula in the bottles or are you pumping? I pumped so they still had breastmilk, but if you are also switching to formula then that could be the problem as well, if they are not liking the formula you are offering. Also, going back to work does not mean you need to stop nursing altogether. It might actually help move to bottles if you are not as easily accessible and your little one is hungry. She will figure out how she can get the food from that bottle when you are not around, and you can still have your one on one time in the evenings and slowly wean that off as she gets older! Will say some prayers it works, there is enough stress in getting ready to go back to work, much less worrying about getting to bottles.

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