E.K. asks from Washington, DC on September 12, 2009
Baby Crying While Bottle Feeding at 4 Months, Starting Formula
We are transitioning from breastmilk to formula for my 4 month old baby. As we are increasing the amount of formula per feeding (every feeding is mixed with some breastmilk), we are noticing that he seems to turn his head to the side and cry for the first few minutes. After this time he will sometimes get the hang of it and finish the bottle, but sometimes he will end up only taking a few ounces. It does not seem to be gas related. I am wondering what may be causing this--pain, distraction, etc. It seems to be about the same for Similac and Enfamil.
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Thank you everyone for the advice. We switched to a sensitive formula of Similac and he is doing great!
S.T. answers from Washington DC on September 13, 2009
sounds like you're going too fast. don't increase the amount of formula every feeding, you're not giving him time to adjust. slow WAY down. i'd only increase the amount of formula every 3 or 4 days, and then only by a little. that's a big change, give him time to get used to it, both the taste and the physical effects.
A.L. answers from Washington DC on September 13, 2009
Breastmilk is sweet. I've never tried formula but I'm pretty sure it isn't. For a baby going from breastmilk to formula would be like going from vanilla yogurt to plain.
That would make me cry too!
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K.N. answers from Norfolk on September 14, 2009
Do you still nurse at all? Does the baby do this when you nurse as well? If not then it may just be that he prefers breastmilk over formula...?
G.W. answers from Norfolk on September 13, 2009
Is the nipple flow too fast? Sometimes if it is too fast, this can cause them to get overwhelmed and turn away.
A.K. answers from Richmond on September 13, 2009
your baby is very smart - he knows a difference between breastmilk and a substitute.I'd try to breastfeed a baby longer, unless it is absolutely necessary for you to quit.
S.W. answers from Norfolk on September 13, 2009
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A.V. answers from Washington DC on September 13, 2009
Hi E., Welcome to motherhood! I am a nurse and mom, lots of experience with infants both professionally and personally. Is this the first artifical nipple you have introduced to the baby? Does he take a pacifier? If you dont introduce an artificial nipple before 1 month of age, the baby will often reject it for quite some time, if he takes it at all. Even with a pacifier, he may reject the bottle if not introduced prior to 1 month of age. It could also be that he does not like the taste of formula. It is not AT ALL sweet like breast milk. Breast milk is sugary tasting, like the milk left in the bowl after you eat the sweet cereal. Quite yummy compared to formula. If that is the aversion, it just takes time to integrate him to the new "flavor". Some babies are more "picky". You may want to try a "nuk" nipple or a playtex nurser with a "nuk" nipple. It most closely resembles the shape of your nipple in the babies mouth during suckling. The bag system is also cleaner, easier and allows alot less air in baby's tummy during feeds. It most resembles breast feeding from baby's point of view. The Avent system is also preferred over the typical plastic bottle system for lots of breast feeding moms. You may also want to use a "slow flow" nipple, or one made for a younger baby. Breastfed babies have to suck harder than nipple fed, the flow of milk through the nipple may be too fast. He also may not take the bottle from you, he associates the breast with you. He may take it better from someone else until he gets used to it. If you do the feeds, try laying him in your lap, propped up with a little pillow or boppy, or lay him next to you, avoid holding him in the cradle position or any position that is the same as you used during breastfeeding. Most importantly, keep trying. He will get hungry enough eventually and take the bottle. You can also try "cup feeding" with a medicine cup or a slow flow sippy cup. It's more work, a bit messier and you have to be very patient so he won't choke. Try not to get frustrated or upset, he will feel that and it will be harder and he will be fussier. Good luck.