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I am a breastfeeding mom. Charlotte has been a breastfeeding champ. At 1 month daddy introduced her to the bottle and she took to it immediately. Occasionally we would give her the bottle when I was going to an event and dad was home with her.
At 3 months old i went back to work. THAT DAY is when she stopped taking the bottle. She let it lay in her mouth and refused to suck. After prodding and trying to get her to drink she'd push it away and start crying.
She has never taken the bottle since (its been over 2 weeks now). We tried fresh milk, heated milk, Medela bottle, Advent bottle.
She would just scream with more and more intensity as her hunger increased but refused the bottle.
I have found she will tolerate an eye dropper to have milk put in her mouth. Dad thinks that's too time consuming and ridiculous to expect him to do that. I agree it will take almost an hr to give her 1-2oz using the eye dropper method- but it has to be done.
Yesterday husband drove her to my work so I could feed her in the car. Its a half hr drive each way. Not a good solution.
Does this mean that my $300 electric pump and $50 of extra bottles will never be used again? Did I waste $350 on something she will never use?
Nah, she'll take the bottle eventually. This is just the age that they know what they want. Have hubby stick with it everyday. She may only take an ounce of two initially and drain you when you come home. But soon she'll take more.
I don't recommend you giving her a bottle or being in room when hubby is feeding her. She'll just refuse and scream for the real thing.
A trick hubby can use is to stick the bottle underneath his arm pit. Sometimes that works.
I was gonna ask the same thing as meritaten if you've tried other bottles/nipples. My lo will only take the parent's choice nipple. Initially I tried all the more expensive ones and someone had given us parents choice for our shower, tried it and it worked! If at first you don't succeed, try try try again
I have tried 4 different bottle brands. Nothing works. But husband is driving the baby to me on my lunch break to feed her. It has helped a lot. She will be starting solid foods soon- so I think this is a short term problem. I'm just annoyed at how much money I spent on all this pumping equipment.
Babies should still be taking BM or formula as their main source of food until 1 year old. Solids shouldn't be started until 6 months and even then it's just to give a taste, they won't really get much nutrition from it. I'd just keep giving her a bottle if it were me.