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April 17th, 2008, 02:03 PM
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Okay, I need help.

My daughter is 3 ½ months and won’t take a bottle. I am at work full time, and the daycare is saying that she refuses to eat from a bottle. I have tried the following bottles with no luck:

Dr. Browns
Platex drop ins – silicone nipple
Platex Nurser

All of these with no luck – i am getting quite the supply of bottles here. I’ve read up on Kellymom about reverse cycling, and I think this might be what my lil girl is doing, BUT the daycare is getting really fustrated cause my girl is crying cause she’s hungry, but she won’t eat. So she ends up crying all day – and this breaks my heart. The minute I get her, I feed her on the breast, and then every hour for 4 hours and then she sleeps for about 5 hours, wakes up at 2 and then again at 4 and then 6. So, she is defiantly eating with me, but not at daycare.

How can I get her to take the bottle? They told me at her daycare to stop breastfeeding in the evenings but I won’t do that – it is not an option cause my daughter feels comfort when I breastfeed her, so I won’t take that from her.

Anybody else have a similar situation?

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April 17th, 2008, 03:14 PM
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You are right on track, you definitely don't want to starve your daughter into taking a bottle.
Usually, it's the scent of mom that will cause a baby to refuse the bottle, but sometimes, it's the scent that will get them to take a bottle. Have someone wrap a shirt of yours (already worn, but not too dirty) around the bottle when they try to feed it to her. You can try this at home, just to see how she reacts, but step out of the room.
If you haven't stumbled across this yet, it may have some helpful tips: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/a...e-feeding.html
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