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Old 07-06-2006, 08:36 PM   #11
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Re: Help with taking a bottle!

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.



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Old 07-06-2006, 09:09 PM   #12
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Re: Help with taking a bottle!

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 maybe some kids are just super stubborn? also I should add he didnt like much food either until the last few months...
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Old 07-06-2006, 10:31 PM   #13
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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.
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Old 07-07-2006, 04:14 PM   #14
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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.
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