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2 months ago she stopped sucking from the bottle completely. She is 9 months old now and I've tried sippy cups, beginner straw cups, different bottles, different formulas, she would not even attempt them. So our pediatrician just suggested that we switch her over to whole milk (we were putting formula into her cereal as the only way to get it into her but then she started to turn away the cereal). Anyway, I couldn't get her to even try the milk out of cups, bottles, etc., so I came up with the idea to squirt some in her mouth with a medicine dropper. She loves it. So with each meal I give her some milk with this dropper, which is a looooong process. Our pediatrician is looking into it but so far it's a mystery.
We don't know if it's related to her GERD or not. She eats solids fine. It occurred to me today that she's swallowing her milk without any problem, it seems to be that she won't suck. Even with the medicine dropper, I have to squirt it in because she won't suck on it.
Does anyone with a baby with GERD have this issue? Or have a child that lost their ability to suck? I don't know if that's the case, she loves her soother, but that's different than sucking from a bottle or a sippy cup. I don't know what it could be. She's too little to drink from a normal cup because she'll pour it everywhere, yet I go back to work in 2 months and I don't know how I'm going to put her in daycare and have them give her liquids through a medicine dropper!!!
I would request a referral to a speech therapist that specializes in feeding. They will be able to look into any sensory issues that could be going on as well as how her muscles are working in her mouth and throat. :/ That is all I know to suggest...