C.S. asks from Clifton Heights, PA on May 01, 2007
6 Month Old Not Eating Bottles
I started to feed my daughter baby food twice a day and ever since I started she hasnt been interested in her bottles at all. She is only getting about 10 ounces a day. I called the doctor and they were no help. What should I do? I know that she needs her formula and at least 20 ounces a day but she isnt even coming close to that. I dont want to force feed her all day long like the doctor recommended. Does anyone have any suggestions?
A.K. answers from Pittsburgh on May 03, 2007
try a sippy cup instead of a bottle she just might not be that hungry after eating her baby food . Don't worry me daughter did the same thing and now she's 4 heathy and loves to eat .
H. answers from Pittsburgh on May 01, 2007
I nursed my little ones exclusively until 6 months, but when we started food at 6 months, I also offered a sippy with water. After that point it was easy to manipulate feedings so that they rarely needed bottles when out and so I just nursed them because it was easier. By about 8 months, they would refuse bottles completely which was fine because it was one less thing for weaning later. Maybe try giving her formula in a sippy either with meals or without. You can also add formula to foods whenever it makes sense. Cereal is a good time. I made a lot of my baby food and would add breastmilk to the creamier type foods to thin them rather than cow milk or just water for a few extra nutrients. It worked well with avacado & potatoes.
A.Z. answers from Reading on May 02, 2007
Maybe try a sippy cup?
Y.L. answers from Philadelphia on May 02, 2007
K.C. answers from Reading on May 02, 2007
With my first daughter I had a similar problem only I nursed her and she had no interest in the food. I use to stress over the issue but now that i have my second daughter I know that it is just not inportant enough to worry about.
My advice to you would to feed her only enough food (say a table spoon) to get her use to eating from a spoon and return to giving her more of the formula. In fact, give her half the formula or even all of it first and than give her a couple spoonfuls of baby food. The food is really not important at this stage in the game. The first 12 months of life it is more important for them to get what they need nutrition wise from formula or breast milk.
L. answers from Philadelphia on May 01, 2007
You could try putting the formula in her baby cereal ( rice, oatmeal, barley). You could also try putting it in a sippy cup since she'll move to that soon anyway. Good luck!
M.M. answers from Sharon on May 02, 2007
I would suggest trying a sippy cup. Maybe your daughter would drink out of it because it is something new. My youngest son was drinking out of a cup by 6 mos. because he saw his brother with one and no longer wanted a bottle. Good Luck!
A.W. answers from Philadelphia on May 02, 2007
Try feeding her less table food (just 2-3 tablespoons) so that she will still be hungry and may want a bottle.Don't worry. Every baby is different!
V.B. answers from York on May 02, 2007
Hello! When my son was six months he began drinking out of a sippy cup. He had been breastfed and would never take a bottle for me, but loved the cup. We started with the Avent with the soft spout because a friend had recommended it. He loved to gnaw on it as well as drink out of it! Maybe something new would do the trick! Good luck!