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Getting Breastfed Baby to Take a Bottle - Chicago,IL

My daughter is 11 weeks old and will not take a bottle! She did take a bottle a couple of times when she was 3 or 4 weeks old, but has not taken one since. I plan to continue breastfeeding, but would like to be able to go places without her and not worry about the time. Anyone have any advice on getting her to take a bottle??? I have tried a few different bottles with no success. I've had other people try to feed her.

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When my son was an infant, we didn't use bottles when I had to be away from him. I was too worried about him refusing to take the milk from me if he was using a bottle. Instead he drank it directly from a small plastic cup. I'm not talking about a sippy cup, but just a regular cup like we would drink out of. He did really well with it, but sometimes he did make a mess. It is also a little more difficult for the person watching to feed them that way since they can't do other things while feeding.

I hope this helps. Good luck.

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Congratulations on the new baby!

One of my twins was the same way. When I returned to work, they were eight weeks old and only had a few bottles here and there. Both the nanny and my husband said one of my boys would scream and fight, and even one day ate one and then waited six more hours to eat until I came home (I bawled when I found out about this...mommy guilt). What my husband finally had to do was "force" him. He would have to hold his head still and keep the bottle nipple in his mouth. My son would scream and try to squirm, but figured out there was food in front of him and would eat. I think he said he also had to squirt out a little milk onto the nipple to help him realize this. It was very frustrating for both, but he did get the hang of it. Persistence is the key!

Good luck to you!

When my son was an infant, we didn't use bottles when I had to be away from him. I was too worried about him refusing to take the milk from me if he was using a bottle. Instead he drank it directly from a small plastic cup. I'm not talking about a sippy cup, but just a regular cup like we would drink out of. He did really well with it, but sometimes he did make a mess. It is also a little more difficult for the person watching to feed them that way since they can't do other things while feeding.

I hope this helps. Good luck.

Both of my breastfed babies never have had a bottle. With my son, I tried every bottle and even ordered a "breast-shaped" bottle!! Too funny! I just gave up and nursed him until he was almost 2. My daughter is 16 months old and has never taken a bottle. I promised myself to do better about offering her a bottle more often when she was really little, but she refused and it was just easier to feed her myself. Sometimes, I wish she wasn't so dependent on me, but most of the time I love that we have a special bond that will last a lifetime. Time flies by, she will not need my mama milk much longer. FYI, she will drink juice from a cup but not milk yet. Good luck, I say if you don't HAVE to bottle feed and it causes misery for her and you. Just stick with what works.

Wish I had some advice for you... all I can tell you is that my 2nd child would never take a bottle, either. I had to always feed him and I am still nursing almost 23 months later! :)

With my first, who DID take a bottle when I wasn't around, I used NUK nipples. Those are the ones he liked best.

playtex drop in bottles worked for us

I feel for you. I had 3 boys and the older 2 never took a bottle. But, I still went out, I nursed right before I left and filled a bottle up...I figured if they got hungry enough they would take it. Sometimes they only took a few drops but that's okay. I started them all on sippys at 6 months, they seemed to like those better than a bottle. As long as they are not too upset and crying for you...just go out and have fun.

my son did the same thing and i thought he was never going to take one....but i found that he liked the "mam" brand and took it well...then i realized that it was just with me that he would not take a bottle from.....and then he just grew out of needing a specific bottle.....he is 8mo now and takes any bottle i give him....fyi ..i too nurse him and i guess thats the reason he wouldnt take a bottle from me...?? hope this helps ..

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