My dd has never had a problem taking a bottle. I went back to school 3 nights a week when she was 2 weeks old, so she had bottle of pumped BM then. Well, since it's summer I've been home with her all the time. So since beginning of May. Well, she suddenly will NOT take a bottle. My mom tried to give her one on two separate occassions, said Bella got hysterical. My grandmother tried earlier this week, same thing. I had to see it for myself, so tonight I asked my step mom to try. Here's the result:
Wow, that baby is mad. She's not sucking, she's biting, and she was mad for about 30 minutes afterward. :whoa: I was hiding around the corner BTW so I don't think it's because she could see me. I also tried giving her the bottle...no luck.
I want to go out sometimes, but I can't have my baby screaming when I'm gone. :cry:
ETA: We tried 3 different bottle/nipples too. I feel so bad. :(
06-30-2006, 11:56 PM
we're going through the same thing....Truman only seems to take it when he really knows I'm not there....whereas before he would take the bottle w/o a problem...going on vacation with in-laws this week, really hoping this works out?
07-01-2006, 12:27 AM
Which bottles/nipples have you tried?? I recommend the Playtex with a NaturaLatch nipple - the only nursing babies I know of that won't take that, won't take a bottle at all. Another thing you may try (if it's that important to you..) is this (http://www.onestepahead.com/product/85207/686/117.html).
Otherwise, you can try - fingerfeeding, spoonfeeding, regular cup, sippy cup that's NOT spillproof.. Is she eating solids yet? If she is you can just plan on that being her food while you're out.
07-01-2006, 06:54 AM
well since your DD is almost 6 months old how about a sipppy cup??? My dd took a bottle once then I got mastastis (sp?) so i refuse to leave her now for long periods when she needs a bottle. So Im skipping the bottle and going to cup. Some babies like the avent best. Some say use a sippy w/out the plug and have your mom sit w/ her and tip it in her mouth. Also since shes a little older you can do momsicles which you freeze your BM into cubes and put it into a mesh feeder and have whoever is watching her give her that. And if she skips a feeding thats okay she will make up for it at night ( just less sleep for you)
Hope I helped
07-01-2006, 09:21 AM
I am laughing reading your post just becuase I've seen the biting and all mad in action
my babe will NOT take a bottle ... or anything with a silicon like nipple for that matter.
He is kind of a pain with a sippy cup too
the best for us is a juice box looking thingy we bought at dollar general for 50 cents. It looks well like that and has a harded straw thingy and he sucks/drinks so well from it. We give him a little extra water that way when we're out and its hot. He loves it. Of course sometimes he plays with it too, but at least he drinks when he wants too. And its great becuase you don't have to tilt it up either so no drowning :laugh:
:hugs: good luck
I also second the pp who said maybe a little solid food to tide her over if you are starting some and she takes it well :)
Or see if you can time your going outs. My son is almost 7 months and sometimes he stretches he feeding 4 hours
07-01-2006, 09:42 AM
At my dd's nine month check up I asked the ped. about the bottle becuase my mil had just given me the "it's so wrong that you don't give her a bottle" speech, and my ped. said just to skip it. Go straight to the sippy if you can, or something other than the bottle. So, then I had ammunition when mil again mentioned the bottle. Also, the straw cups are better for them developmentally than just the sippy with a stopper and just a plain cup is best according to my bf that is a speech therapist. So, I'd just move on and stop trying to find the right bottle, as it seems quite aparant that she doesn't want it, lol.:hugs:
07-01-2006, 10:00 AM
That is how my niece was.:giggle: I never had problems with my dd switching back and forth. But, I was the only one who could get my niece to take a bottler other than her Momma. I would put her in the usual bf hold and stick the bottle under my arm. It looked kinda silly, but she would take it without a problem. After a few times of doing that I was able to hold her in close and get her to look up and take the bottle. (I believe she was around 5 mo old when she started refusing the bottle) It's worth a try!!
07-01-2006, 01:16 PM
I can imagine it must be frustrating/hurting you to see your cutie refusing the bottle so much!
Thankfully I had no probs w/DS taking the bottle after I switched from BF to FF and it went ok. I used the new NUK Air System that they only sell in Europe (I had several bottles and all nipples sent over here :giggle:)
PM me if you're interested in getting a few; I got more than I need for DS nowadays and would give them to you FFS if you'd like to give them a try!? :)
07-01-2006, 02:00 PM
my dd won't take a bottle at all either. We've now tried sippy cups and she's doing pretty good with them. If I were you I'd try a sippy cup...we're using gerber ones with the tappered spouts. btw, my dd is 6 months old too.
07-06-2006, 08:10 PM
My first daugther did excellent switching from bottle to breast with the Playtex nursers, but the best bottle you can use is one that has a similar shape to your nipple. Also don't wait until she is really hungry to give her the bottle, she will have less patience, and give up easily. Have the person feeding her hold her in the same way and place that you do and have them wrap your shirt around them so she can smell you while she eats. Once you get her taking one, I would recommend pumping once a day, or supplementing with formula so she can have 1 bottle each day. It's a lot of work but that way it ensures she will take it when you aren't there. Good luck!:goodvibes:
07-06-2006, 08:36 PM
My sweet little ds has refused a bottle his entire life. He will consider a sippy cup occasionally, as long as it doesn't contain breastmilk (water is ok, and our one try with juice was a hit, too). But they only way he will take breastmilk is straight from the source. If you offer him a bottle, no matter who offers, and no matter what kind, he gags and screams like you are trying to shove a bowling ball down his throat.
I went back to work 2x a week for 4 hours a day when he was 4 mos old. So he would go for 4.5 or so hours without nursing, and hadn't started solids yet, obviously. He made it just fine most days, some days he was definately ready for me to be home. We both survived it just fine, though.
I am sure that if she (and my ds, too) got hungry enough, they would take the bottle. I gave my nephew his first couple bottles. He screamed and cried through them, while the milk dripped into his mouth until there was enough that he had to swallow. He was just convinced that milk was not supposed to come in little plastic packages (in his defense, it's not!), and he wanted his mommy. After the first few bottles, it was like it clicked that these were for eating, and he was fine after that. But I choose not to have that same fight with my ds. If he wants his milk from me and me only, I am happy to go with the flow...literally, I guess! :)
BTW - right around your dd's age was when my ds got very choosy about where and how he would nurse - no distractions, no blanket over him, he by far preffered laying down, wanted to be held with his lower arm and his legs a very certain way, etc. DS's pickiness about where and how he nurses has gotten a little better, but he still has some pretty distinct feelings on the matter (often demonstrated with his teeth now!!). It may be that your dd has just gotten old enough to realize that she has a choice and can express her opinions on the matter.
07-06-2006, 09:09 PM
My ds is 20 months old and has never had a bottle, we tried, he refused, we gave up... used the frozen milk in his cereal... it took until almost a year and a half just to get him to take a cup :blush: maybe some kids are just super stubborn?:blush: also I should add he didnt like much food either until the last few months...
07-06-2006, 10:31 PM
I didnt read the responses...but here is my guess...she knows that mommy is gone when she is offered a bottle and she doesnt like that mommy is gone.
07-07-2006, 04:14 PM
My little man will not take any bottle ever! He is now almost 11 months old and we have tried ever bottle on the market including the Adiri that was linked too earlier. He will scream and fight until you just give up. The only thing he will take is a sippy cup (I think its Gerber and its not spill proof) that he can bite on and the milk comes out. He refuses to suck on anything but the real thing!! Oh and he won't take bm from it either it has to be something else (usually whole milk now). I guess I have one of the stubborn ones! I go out every Tuesday and Thursday night for softball and am gone anywhere from 2-4 hours most nights he does really well with my dh and will just use the solids and sippy to satisfy himself on a rare night like last night he will cry for 30-60 minutes while dh rocks him to sleep. I hate to come home to hear that he cried himself to sleep but usually when he does that its because of something bothering him (last night he was getting a tooth) besides the fact that momma is gone! Good luck with the bottle and let us know how it goes.