bottle feed rejection

Hi...my baby used to take breastfeed the whole day and then 2 bottle feeds at nite since she was born.now she is almost 9 weeks old..since last 20 days she has stopped taking bottle feed..i need to give bottle feed in-case of emergency also. what should i do now?

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Feb 27, 2012
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HOPE THIS HELPS
by: Michelle

Hi there,

I know it is too late to mention now, but just for future reference, it is good if you want to combine breast and bottle, to wait until after 6 weeks old. The tongue action is different for breast and bottle and babies can get nipple confusion. I wouldn't force the issue - leave it a couple of weeks before trying again. Then when you do reintroduce bottle, make sure you are using a wide teat such as Avent.

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Breastfeeding to bottle feed

by Km
(Msia)

Help, my 2 mo refuses the bottle. He started taking the bottle when he w's 3 wks old, now he only wants to be breast fed.

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Nov 01, 2013
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Taking a bottle
by: Lyssa

If your baby needs to take a bottle because you are away for extended periods of time, you can try several things. The most common is to take a blanket or shirt that has mom's smell and trap baby in it to baby feels more comfortable. Another option is to hold the bottle and baby in a way that simulates breastfeeding.

Some babies just don't take a bottle while mom is gone and make up for it by nursing extra while mom is near. This is often called a "reverse cycle" if mom is gone during the day and so baby nurses often at night.

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will not take a bottle

by Anonymous

I need help. Im going back to work in 3 weeks and my 2 month old now will not take a bottle. I left her with the dad yesterday for a couple hours and she only took 1 oz...and that was a struggle.

Any tips on how to fix this issue? Please help.

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Some tips
by: Tracy

Hi!
Remember that you need to wean gradually, if this is what you plan to do (wean), this will make it easier for you and baby and prevent engorgement and mastitis.

Breastfeeding can continue, you do not always need to wean completely as every little bit of breast milk is valuable.

It’s always best to introduce a cup or spoon instead of an artificial nipple, then you would not need to wean from the artificial nipple later on (even small babies can be taught to do this)

You might need to put some breast milk in your bottle/cup and feed baby yourself first before letting dad try…just to get her accustomed to feeding from it. Try to offer baby the bottle first and then offer the breast.

Many moms have found that reverse cycle feeding works great for them, this is when a mom breastfeeds her child more regularly at night and the child is fed expressed breast milk, formula, or other food when mom is at work.

Some extra tips

Put breast milk on the teat of the bottle to entice baby.

Let baby play with the bottle and become familiar with it, she might start sucking it on her own, helping with the transitioning from breast to bottle.

Try different ways and positions ~ You could try mimic breastfeeding or try something completely different like letting baby sit and drink.

Try baby with different types of teats (artificial nipples) also with different flows (fast or slow releasing teats)

Heat the teat before offering it to her (pour some hot water over it)

Hope this helps

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baby not taking the bottle

by Eunice

Hi, I would like to know how to introduce bottles back to my 9 wo baby again. My mum was bottle feeding him almost daily for the past 8 weeks when I catch a few hours nap. However, he has refused to drink from the bottle for the past week when my hubby and I tried. He just cried and keep his mouth open, refusing to suck at the bottle at all. I hoped to get a little rest in the morning or night and to let my hubby participate in feeding. Any suggestions?

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some tips
by: Tracy Behr, CBC, CLD (CBI)

You can try feeding baby with a small cup or spoon instead of using the bottle, even small babies can be taught to do this and then you won’t need to wean from a bottle later. If you do decide to bottle feed…
When you give baby the bottle is it filled with breast milk or formula? Maybe it’s the formula that baby doesn’t want.
Another thing you can try is to put some of your breast milk on the teat and let baby smell it, this might entice him to drink.
Let baby play with the bottle and become familiar with it, he might start sucking it on his own, helping with the transitioning from breast to bottle.
Try baby with different types of teats also with different flows (fast or slow releasing teats) Get a nipple that looks closest to what your own nipple looks like (in shape)
Pour some hot water over the teat to heat it before giving it to baby.
Also, make sure you are out of the vicinity when dad is trying to give the bottle, otherwise baby will know that there is something “better” available…the boob!
Good luck!

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Never bottle fed 15mo won't take any cup or bottle. HELP!!!

by Sophie
(New Orleans. Louisiana. USA )

My little girl has been exlucevley brestfed since birth.

She is now 15 months and I am having the worst time weaning her.

She will not take any bottle or sippy except a belly washers drink cup but will not take it with milk or when she is tired.

I don't know what to do anymore. I'm so stressed as she wants to nurse all night and I have a 25 month old as well and feel so tired. Any suggestions?

Please and thank you.

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