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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2006

    Default Won't take bottle

    My dd is 10 weeks old. We have been trying to give her a bottle for 2 weeks, 3 or 4 times. We have tried Avent and the old Medela nipples. She hates plastic. No binkies and I have tried a nipple shield early on when she could not latch due to engorgement and she would just scream.

    I have to go back to work in 8 weeks. I don't mind doing sippy cup at that time. I would love her to take a bottle before that though. I would love any advice!!
    Mom to
    Carlie 4/3/08 - bf - Allergic to milk determined by allergy testing. Adding wheat, egg, & soy to my diet.
    Allergen free diet until 6 months. No gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, nuts, treenuts, seafood, and fish for mommy as a preventative.
    Birth - 9lbs. 1oz., 20 1/2"
    6 months - 19lbs. 15oz.

    Peter 8/31/05 - bf/ebf until 14 months, was allergic to wheat and milk but outgrown these allergies. Eczema brought on by berries.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Western PA

    Default Re: Won't take bottle

    I don't have too much personal experience with this, but one thing I've read that helps is to make sure YOU are nowhere nearby when she's offered the bottle. At 10 weeks she's old enough to know that she prefers getting her milk from the tap

    Good luck and I am sure things will work out!
    Erin - Hayden James is my beautiful boy - we've been nursing happily for two years, with no end in sight!

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Default Re: Won't take bottle

    Like the previous poster said, infants often won't take a bottle when they know mother is around. They have this sense about it!

    This FAQ has some good ideas on helping baby to take a bottle. http://www.llli.org/FAQ/bottle.html
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    Default Re: Won't take bottle

    Someone here once mentioned that daycares often try giving the milk in the bottle cold, and that that convinces some. There's no reason they need to take a bottle, though, so if a sippy cup is working, don't fight it!
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    Iryssa(24), DH(27)

    DS born Sept. 21 '07, 8.5lbs
    Nursed for the last time Oct. 20 '08

    DD born Jan. 20, '09, 8lbs 14oz


  5. #5

    Default Re: Won't take bottle

    have you tried silicon and latex. My daughter will only take latex. They actually told me at the ICN that this may happen.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2008

    Default Re: Won't take bottle

    I went through this with my dd2. She is also anti plastic (no bottles or paci's... she's a thumb sucker!) I'm a SAHM, so the bottle issue wasn't pressing until about a month ago when I had to be away from my lo all day! My husband had the baby for the entire day. Since I had been pumping since day 1, we had a ton of ebm for her to drink. He said she cried for most of the morning because she kept refusing the bottle, but finally around lunchtime she took the bottle! By the time I got home at 4, she was a pro... now she still won't take a bottle when I'm around, but I know that if I have to be away from her, when she gets hungry enough she'll eat.
    We had tried every kind of bottle out there! It doesn't seem to matter to our lo.
    Good luck! I'm sure that even if your lo won't take a bottle with you around, once she realizes that "on tap" isn't an option, she will drink when hungry!
    Happily Married since July 10, 2004
    Mom to Katie- June 14, 2006 and Allie- January 21, 2008

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2008

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    My LO did the same thing. We tried numerous bottles and nipple flows with no success. The day I took him to daycare, I left three different bottles, breastmilk, and formula fearing he would starve, but he took the bottle for her just fine. I was shocked. I think you have to be out of the area...sight, sound and smell.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2007

    Default Re: Won't take bottle

    My lo won't take the bottle if I'm anywhere near... if he can smell me, hear me, see me... etc. Also, he won't take any other bottle except "Breast Flow". We found ours at BabiesRUs... although I'm sure you can find them elsewhere. I like them because he has never had a problem going back onto my breast after bottle, and my dh likes them because when he is feeding our ds the milk slowly will drip out into ds mouth just like from my breast when it's full.... basically it simulates a woman's breast... we love them! Good luck!

    Oh P.S. our ds is 6 mos old and within the past month he has been avoiding the bottle while I'm at work and my dh is trying to feed him. When he gets hungry enough he'll eventually take it.

    DS 12/13/07 nursed exclusively 15 mos!!

    with DD Due April '10 - Looking forward to and DS having a new playmate!

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