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Old 06-18-2008, 05:14 PM   #1
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How to introduce a bottle?

I plan on going back to school in September and I wanted to start DS getting used to a bottle once a day and slowly increase it. How do I do this? I thought I'd just buy a bunch of bottles and see which he likes (I've gotten the ones that are suppose to be like breastfeeding too) but its not working. He will not take a bottle! He won't suck it at all he just bites it. I've tried giving him a bottle right after he just nursed waiting an hour and when hes really hungry. Do I just keep trying different bottles? How do I do this? HELP!

p.s. DS is 2.5 months

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Im going through this as I write. I'm returning to work soon and need DS to take his breastmilk in a bottle during the day. He won't take it from me, but WILL take it from the nanny or dad. Try letting someone else feed your baby. I know, as long as I'm even in the room, he can smell me and knows, the breast is way better and easier for him than any bottle. Good luck.
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:58 PM   #3
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My son would never take a bottle when I was around. He would take it if he was really hungry from someone else though if I wasn't around. He won't starve himself :] I would just start pumping and storing it for now so he doesn't get nipple confusion and by September he may actually be ready for a sippy cup! My son LOVES his cup, but hates his bottles, but loves his boobies!!
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it takes time, but most babies will learn to drink from a bottle. Just keep trying it but don't make a big deal out of it. Try it all sorts of ways, you, dad, someone else (don't make one single person the "bad guy", different bottles/nipples (the adiri bottle finally worked for us), different positions (on lap just like breastfeeding, facing out, in carseat, in bed, at home, outdoors etc), different times of day. Usually the best time is when baby is well rested, happy and not very hungry. Don't expect a super hungry and frustrated baby to accept something new, although a lot of people will say "they'll take it when they really have to". My DD didn't get it until about 3-4 mos. She just kinda played with the nipple and chewed it like you say. Then we tried the adiri and i myself gave it and she suddenly "got it". Be patient. It's frustrating, for baby too, so be sure to take a break when you/baby needs it!
Finally, lots of good info on www.kellymom.com
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Old 06-19-2008, 05:37 AM   #5
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Thanks for the advice. His daddy and grandmother try to give him the bottle and I go sit on the porch. We'll just give it time. We've tried all sorts of bottles including nuk, adiri, dr. browns, breastflow etc.
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