S.H. asks from San Bruno, CA on March 27, 2007
Bottle Feeding - San Bruno, CA
I have been trying to get my 2 month old to drink from a bottle but she refuses. I am using breast milk and have tried like 5 different bottles. My sister tried at her house and got her to drink about an ounce but she was hungry again once she got home. Her dad has tried many times with me not in the room and she will drink a little and spit it out and scream non stop until I breast feed her. I want to be able to go out for a few hours without thinking she is going to wake up starving. The doctor said if she doesnt get used to a bottle by 3 months she wont ever take it. Any help would be great. thanks
J.M. answers from San Francisco on May 07, 2007
I found that the cheap gerber bottles that we got from Safeway worked the best, my son did not like the fancy bottles at all. Also, he does well with freshly pumped milk-- he'll drink milk that was frozen but I think it tastes different. Sometimes I have to pull his lower lip down a little so it can fit around the nipple better. Hope this helps.
J.E. answers from Honolulu on March 31, 2007
My daughter (now 3yo) had the same issue. I finally overcame this problem with ME holding the bottle. I would put my daughter in just about the right position to breastfeed, but instead of giving her the breast I would sneak the bottle in there. It took a bit of working together, but dad would even wear one of my shirts (my scent) and hold her in the breastfeeding position, once she got comfortable with the bottle other people could help. It will not happen overnight, be prepared to work on it. I also had to use the Playtex bottles, I think I tryed about 7 or 8 different nipples, but the one she seemed to latch to easiest was the one we worked with the most. Hope this helps. Any other questions, just ask...
S.M. answers from Los Angeles on March 29, 2007
To S. H.,
My only advice is that you just need to be patient and it might help to have someone else like your husband or mom, maybe even your sister try the bottle thats what worked for my youngest son who is two now. I would take a short walk and let them feed him and it did take a couple of weeks. It did work though, he was very fussy about the nipple that was used until we found the right one. Its made by Gerber they came with their breastpump that I bought, it worked so then we went to Walmart and found them separately. The nipples are soft and have a unique shape. Anyways this is what worked for us. Now we use the same bottle but with a sippy cup lid.
S.E. answers from San Francisco on March 28, 2007
My name is S. and I have a 9 month old son that I had to put on a bottle due to the fact that I was not producing breast milk. I had some trouble at first too but the thing that made the biggest difference for me was the nipple, not the bottle itself. I found a nipple that had little nobs on it. He refused to drink from a bottle that did not have any kind of texture. I have used the same nipples all these months and have not had a problem. I believe they are called teething nipples and you can get them at Wal-Mart. Good Luck!
B.G. answers from San Francisco on March 28, 2007
Try the Dr. Brown's bottles. My son was exactly the same way and that was the ONLY bottle he would take for a few months. Then when he was about 4 months old he started taking other ones that were such a pain to wash. good luck!
D.S. answers from San Francisco on March 28, 2007
That 3 month rule is definitely not true. I didn't give my second daughter a bottle until she was 8 months old. She was a little resistant at first but we continued offering it and she finally got the hang of it. So don't give up and don't let that 3 month mark put too much pressure on you.
I had a lactation nurse recommend Avent bottles & nipples. Have you tried those? You want to make sure that the nipples you are using are designed for breastfeeding babies. (long tip, wide base & low flow.)
Hope that helps!
A.D. answers from Fresno on March 29, 2007
I am in the same boat. My son just turned 3mo yesterday and will not take a bottle. We've tried many different bottles and nipples with no luck. He just likes to chew on the nipple for a little bit then throws a fit and wants to breast feed. Its even more frustrating because I was supplementing with formula for the first couple of weeks and he took a bottle just fine then. But then when I no longer needed to supplement I made the mistake of not giving him a bottle at all for a while and now he won't take them. I try frequently but he just gets mad. I hope someone has some good advice.
J.R. answers from Los Angeles on March 29, 2007
HI, With my dauther, now 5yrs old, the nurse at the hosital feed her my breast milk out of a tiny cup. Like the medicine cup you get on top of cough syrup. Or, you can feed her out of a small spoon. That is what I will do with my 2 week old son if need be. Some babies have what is called "nipple confusion". Just like breast feeding, drinking from a bottle in a learned process. I nursed my daughter for 18 months, with no bottle or pacifier. The cup or spoon worked great. Plus, you don't have to wean them from the bottle later. When she was at the age to use sippy cups, she was able to use a cover cup with a straw instead. So, I never had to wean her from anything but the breastfeeding.I hope this works for you. Try it! Also, call your local La Leche League for more advice. Their website is lalecheleague.com Good luck!
C.N. answers from San Luis Obispo on March 29, 2007
Well, actually, you need to let her cry and fuss after she refuses the bottle. And you need to start right now, not to give in. If she wakes up starving, then she will eat. She is not going to fall into a faint, but you might if you don't get some fun time for yourself. Crying is what babies do! Also, remember babies are very intelligent, especially when it comes to learning how to get their way. Just be sure that someone is in the next room when she is allowed to cry so that if she needs help you can tell and go to her rescue. But, be careful, she will soon find out that if she coughs, that is the way to get her people to rush in. No kidding !!
Sincerely, C. N.
L.W. answers from Las Vegas on March 28, 2007
I actually just got home from being out with my kids. I had a bottle of pumped milk with me and I tried to give it to my 7 week old when she got hungry. She absolutely refused it. It was like she had no idea what to do with it and looked like she wanted to throw up when I put it in her mouth. My hubby is able to get her to take a bottle of pumped milk while I'm out. I don't get. I wish you luck. I'm interested to hear some more of your responses.