J.R. asks from Santa Clara, CA on February 26, 2009
Help! Baby Won't Take Formula Anymore!
My 8 1/2 month old DD has been rejecting the bottle off and on for months now. I FINALLY got her back on formula in the bottle right before I went back to work, and I was/am still breastfeeding her in the morning and before bed, but all of a sudden she's rejecting the bottle. We've had limited success with formula in a sippy cup so we've stopped giving her the bottle and have just been trying the sippy. I don't think she likes formula but I've already dropped all the pumping sessions so it's the only choice during the day. She is also getting 3 solid meals a day, which is probably the only reason she's not starving! Any suggestions?
C.B. answers from Stockton on February 27, 2009
Hi. My advice is not to worry too much. She is telling you what her body needs at this point. Maybe give her liquid vitamins to help supplement the lack of nutrients from the formula.
L.P. answers from Sacramento on February 27, 2009
F.S. answers from San Francisco on February 28, 2009
N.N. answers from Fresno on February 27, 2009
My baby flat out refused formula after breastfeeding for 9 months. The taste is drastically different and I think quite strange. Our lifesaver was goatsmilk. It was a recommendation of someone on babysource and it worked great. Most of the rest of the word uses it for babies because it is the closest thing to mother's milk and babies are very tolerant of it. It is not recommended for babies prior to 6 months or when their primary source of food is milk because it does not have all the vitamins they might need. However if your baby is on well rounds soilds, a poly-vi-flor and still breastfeedin some it is perfect. Make certain you buy pasturized if you try this option, otherwise there is risk of bacteria. You can find it in the alternative milk isle near soymilk. Good luck and hope this helps, it worked wonders for us!
S.S. answers from San Francisco on February 27, 2009
Try the grow and go formula. It is a transition formula. You'll be switching to whole milk in a few months anyway. The grow and go is geared toward 9-12 mo olds.