May 29, 2009,
S.W. asks from Stanley, NC on May 26, 2009
My 7 Month Old Refuses to Drink from a Bottle All of the Sudden
Hi Moms- Any advice is appreciated. I took my 7 month old on a business trip with me and my parents watched her, but during the trip she refused to drink from a bottle and would only breastfeed or drink from a sippy cup (but even that was difficult and she didn't drink her usual amounts.) I thought it was because her routine was changed and she wasn't used to my parents; however, when I got her back to her regular routine she still refused to take the bottle. I thought it might be because she was teething. Has anyone experienced this same thing. I am worried that she is not going to get enough to eat. We have battled colic and gas and acid reflux and I was hoping we were on the path to normalcy :)
So What Happened?™
Thanks everyone for all your responses. She has been eating more food, so it was comforting to hear everyone tell me she wouldn't starve. I went ahead and tried the fast flow nipples, but she had already decided the sippy cup was the way to go, so she's back to drinking her milk, but with the sippy cup. Never a dull moment! Thanks again.
A.K. answers from Huntington on May 27, 2009
Let her move on to the sippy, with a little practice she'll be doing just fine. Also she should be eating a variety of baby foods and cereals by now so I wouldn't worry about her getting enough. Both my boys went straight to sippy cups around 6 to 7 months (I breastfed as well) and they weaned themselves when they were ready. I wouldn't push her to keep taking the bottle, you'll have to take it away eventually anyway, let her decidee to give it up.
S.S. answers from Raleigh on May 27, 2009
A breastfed baby will not starve itself. That being said, there are so many reasons why. Routine, sour milk, the age...the list goes on. I went through similar experiences with my son. I found sippy cups were definetly the way to go instead of bottles. Nuby worked for us and best mimicked nursing. Big spout, control of flow. I wouldn't worry to much though. 7 months is still a tricky age, but she could have some solids and very small amouts of water. She won't starve even though its a scary situation to be in. As long as she is making up the smaller feedings with extra/longer nursing and still seems semi content try to relax. I remember being so freaked out when my son went 10 hours without anything more than 2 ounces. Here he is a 2 and thriving just fine. Good Luck S.!
W.C. answers from Lexington on May 26, 2009
Could easily be due to teething. Also, ear infections are a concern when teething and can cause the sudden hatred of drinking in infants....I'd suggest a dr's visit and some tylenol.
S.W. answers from Lexington on May 26, 2009
I breastfed both of my children as well and sometimes I also had to use bottles. Early on with my first a friend suggested that we use playtex bottles with liners and a big dome shaped nipple. She said that her doctor had told her that nursing babies accept the big dome shaped nipples better because they are shaped more like a mother's breast. I know that your daughter is young - but have you let her try drinking through a straw? I was quite surprised that both of my children enjoyed this and were able to master this skill at a very young age. Although, my son is 10 years old I still remember my grandmother letting him sip sprite at an Arby's when he was only about 6 months old. In some ways I panicked, we had planned to feed him breastmilk exclusively until he was a year old, but I was also amazed that he could drink from a straw so easily even though he was so young! You might go ahead and have the ears checked as has been previously suggested and it could be teething as well. Try the straw - you could still put breastmilk in the cup with the straw and see if she likes it. If she is teething she will probably chew on the straw. They make sipper cups with more durable straws.
J.L. answers from Louisville on May 28, 2009
We just went through this with my daughter (she'll be 9 months on the 1st). She was not drinking well at all from her bottle over the last month and a half, but was eating lots of baby food so I figured she wouldn't starve. But, I was concerned because I know she needs the nutrition of formula. Anyway, a couple weeks ago I got a faster flow, level 2 nipple for her bottles and now she's drinking them very quickly. Now we're concerned because she just wants to drink bottles and isn't eating much baby food. :)
But, if you haven't already try a faster flow nipple. Good luck!
C.R. answers from Charleston on May 27, 2009
You didn't say that you were feeding her actual food... Maybe it's time to start with some new textures. My little guy did the exact opposite and wouldn't eat any food only bottle and breastfeeding. It was due to teething. His sleep schedule was also disrupted at the same time. Fun stuff. Anyway, she can get plenty of nutrition from some fruits and veggies to fill in for what she isn't getting in the bottle. And you may be ahead of the curve having her only use a sippy cup already. Enjoy and Good luck!
A.L. answers from Charlotte on May 27, 2009
You might wnat to take her to the MD for a check-up. This just happened to us and it was an ear infection. Now he is back to eating and sleeping well.
J.F. answers from Nashville on May 27, 2009
I think this is normal for some kids. My first son completely gave up the bottle at 9 months. I too breastfed him before work and in the evening. He essentially got all of his breastmilk early morning and throughout the night. It left me sleep deprived but he was getting plenty of nutrition and I didn't have the issue of weaning him from a bottle. Now my second son is 10 months and he is done with the bottle also. If you daughter is eating food and drinking water, she will get the breastmilk she needs from you in the evening. I wouldn't worry about it.
E.M. answers from Louisville on May 27, 2009
at 7 months she should be eating baby food. as long as shes eating babyfood i wouldnt worry some kids just get done with the bottle sooner than others.