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Nicholas started off being fed by bottle (pumped milk) only.. then around a month or month & a half old decided to just start nursing without a shield or anything. He hasnt really had many bottles since then, only in the car or if being babysat. Over the last month I've noticed he's refused bottles more, but now he is downright refusing them and freaks out as soon as one touches his mouth. I've tried my medelas, avent (with different nipple flows), breastflow and tommy tippee. All are a no go. I'm not really sure what to do. It's not a major problem but sometimes I would like someone to babysit him and he be able to take a bottle of pumped milk. Any suggestions?
Have you tried having someone else offer him one when you're not around? It could be that he is just getting more attached to the breast and doesn't like the idea of taking milk from another source when you're around. My second DD did that, she refused a bottle the first few times we offered it to her because I was in the house (in a different room even). So I let DH try when I wasn't home and she took it without a problem and continued to anytime I wasn't home. With my newest DD, we've only offered it to her when I'm not home and she hasn't had a problem with it.
Andrea, mom to Abigail (6) Annabelle (4) and Alexis (1)
my daughter went on a bottle strike when i was working (5 hours a day) and eventually she would suck down an ounce here and there to stave off the hunger, it eventually passed in a week or two, but it was quite stressful.
Hmmm, that's interesting. sounds kind of like he's learning to assert his opinion, to him you are the food source! I don't really have suggestions, just keep trying now and then, maybe the phase will pass. At his age soon enough he'll be hungry and eating solids and drinking from a sippy cup... so it might not be as big a deal in a month or two.