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  1. #1
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    Unhappy Baby refusing bottles of BM! Help!

    Hi ladies,
    I posted this on the 3-12 mos forum without much response. I'm going back to work (part-time, 3-11 shift - Im an RN) in 2 weeks and my 3 month old LO refuses the bottle from the sitter, my husband or me. It doesnt matter if I am home or not. I've tried different bottles, different nipples and she refuses and screams and screams and won't even take one suck. I don't know what to do and honestly, I'm in a state of panic worrying about going back to work. My DS never had a problem so I don't know what to do. She did have a few bottles of BM when she was about a month old and took it with no problem so I didnt think this would be an issue.

    Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated. I'm worried sick.

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: Baby refusing bottles of BM! Help!

    i had the same problem. i sent my lo in with a dropper so if he refused the bottle he would at least get some milk. i also sent in a shirt i had slept in so it smelled like me. one of his teacher snuggled him in a blanket, laid the shirt on her chest and got him to take it. we use medela bottles but i really wanted him to take the breastflow. a lot of moms use the platex drop ins, you just have to find one that works for your lo. i feel like i bought them all

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    Default Re: Baby refusing bottles of BM! Help!

    I'm also an RN and we had this same problem. A couple of things helped us:

    Try warming the bottle nipple up first.
    Tuck the bottle under your arm and hold the baby as if you were nursing him or her.
    Try feeding the baby before he/she gets really hungry and upset.

    The under-the-arm trick worked wonders for us!
    There are three reasons for breast-feeding: the milk is always at the right temperature; it comes in attractive containers; and the cat can't get it. ~Irena Chalmers

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    Default Re: Baby refusing bottles of BM! Help!

    I had the same problem with DD, she hated the bottle. The couple of times DH had to look after her, he used to squeeze some milk out of the bottle nipple right next to her lips so she can taste/smell it. That seemed to settle her and help her take the bottle. Oh, we used the Medela bottles. Good luck!

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    Default Re: Baby refusing bottles of BM! Help!

    check for lipase too. That can make your milk taste awful, and for some moms, it' a problem within hours of pumping.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
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    Default Re: Baby refusing bottles of BM! Help!

    Thanks ladies for all of your replies. I will definitely give them all a try.

    I am pretty sure it's not a lipase issue. I don't smell any odor at all and I tasted the milk and it just tastes sweet, not sour or soapy at all. Any other suggestions are welcome. I kinda think it's just going to take a couple of work shifts before she gets used to the bottles. She's going to get hungry sooner or later! I'm still beyond stressed about it!

    Thanks again!

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    Default Re: Baby refusing bottles of BM! Help!

    I noticed that my dd does not take the bottle when the milk is not warm enough, definitely she does not like her milk to be below body temperature...

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