J.T. asks from Champaign, IL on September 15, 2008
Trouble with Bottle Feeding - Champaign,IL
Help! My 11 week old son has been breast feeding since he was born with great success and has BIG appetite. We introduced the bottle to him when he was about 5 weeks old, only my husband and mother would give it to him, and he did ok. Now he absolutely refuses to take the bottle-he cries and gags on the bottle until I nurse him. I plan on keeping him breast fed but would like him to take a bottle so I can actually leave the house for a few hours. Any suggestions???? Thank you!
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I would just like to thank everyone for all of your helpful information and support. I got a lot of great advice so I am going to try and figure out what will work best for Ben. It's good to know that I am not the only one going through this and I appreciate all of your help! Thanks again!
K.B. answers from Rapid City on September 15, 2008
If you are not already, try using expressed breast milk in the bottle and not formula. Also, I know there are different sizes of nipples for some bottles and maybe he is getting too much or not fast enough flow from the bottle nipple. Maybe try to switch that out. Another suggestion would be for you to give him the bottle and then as he feels more comfortable with that, others can feed him.
B.D. answers from Chicago on September 15, 2008
What type of bottle are you using, because sometimes that makes a difference. i know with my son in order for him to take the bottle we had to give him one everyday even if it was only a couple of ounces and he aslo would only take certain bottles.
M.A. answers from Chicago on September 16, 2008
I had the same problem with my daughter. She would actually take a bottle from me, but no one else. All food comes from mama! I just started taking her with me and putting her in a sling so I was more mobile. I bought a Hooter Hider and nursed her wherever we were, although as I got better at nursing, I didn't use it much. I tried all sorts of bottles, even one shaped like a breast. Nothing doing. Remember that your daughter can go 3-5 hours without eating, so if you keep your outing short, even if she refuses the bottle, she'll be fine. My husband eventually got her to take a bottle, but it took me being gone, and hours of fussing and trying over many weeks of trying. It wasn't easy on him, but eventually, they worked it out. When she first started daycare at 6 months, she did the same thing--refused to take a bottle from them. For breastfed babies, it's not just about the milk. It's about the person too.
J.S. answers from Chicago on September 16, 2008
try a sippy cup. The Nubby brand is great and cheap.
E.B. answers from Chicago on September 16, 2008
Here's my advice...stop bottle feeding him and when you want to leave the house, take him with!
E.T. answers from Chicago on September 16, 2008
I know it's hard and you'd love to get out more than anything. I am breast feeding my little girl. She is almost 11 months now. Mine wouldn't take a bottle either. Have you tried other bottle brands or different types of nipples? It will get easier. Just keep trying. In a few weeks your son will probably be able to go a little longer before his next feeding. When he's 4 months you may want to try cereal mixed with breast milk (not in a bottle though, with a spoon). The heavy food will keep him satisfied longer. My doctor said it was totally fine to introduce cereal that early.
M.V. answers from Chicago on September 16, 2008
Definitely experiment with different nipples and bottles, as already stated. The slower flow worked with my son's gagging problem. Also, positioning of baby could make a difference. We used to have to lay my son on a body pillow and feed him while not holding him, until he got over the aversion to the bottle feedings. A friend of mine had this problem with her daughter, too-and they eventually beat it by her husband holding the baby in a similar position as that of the M. holding her to nurse. He actually held the bottle under his arm, tucked between his arm and upper body, and held the baby on her side, facing his chest, in that the position was very similar to nursing with mommy. Sounds crazy, but it worked for them! Good luck, I remember those days and it can be so frustrating. It will eventually work out!
L.W. answers from Peoria on September 16, 2008
I agree with K.B. & Brandy. Mabe try different bottle brands. Each one of my four kids like a different type of bottle. I knew of a little one when my youngest was in the hospital. This little guy was sick in the hospital. The nurses were trying to get him to take a bottle & they couldn't get them to take much at all. I knew one of the nurses & suggested to try a NUK nipple. He took 1 1/2 bottles with it. Before he was only take a couple of ounces. Good Luck!! I hope that you can find a good kind for your little one. Congratulations on the new baby too.
A SAHM of 4. 3 girls ages 10 1/2, 9 & 3. One boy age 5. Part-time sitter of 2 boys ages 7 & almost 3.
J.F. answers from Chicago on September 17, 2008
J.- I know the joys nursing brings, but I also know the joy of being able to actually leave the house for a few hours too. I nurse my twin sons exclusively & tried to bottle fed them around a couple months of age when I wanted to be able to go out for a couple hours with my husband for dinner, but had no luck with bottle feeding attempts. At 11 weeks, hopefully you can have other people try to fed him & get use to the bottle. My sister nursed exclusively until she had to go back at 12 weeks & it was hard at first. Her little one refused to take the bottle, but with continued attempts with someone else doing it, she ended up taking it & my sister did nurse her up to 1 year, doing bottles while she was at work with the sitter. I'd also like to add, it has been a great joy nursing my twin sons. It wasn't that bad once they got a little older, I could leave for a couple hours during the day & at night. It'll get easier once they get a little older & then you can get more time to yourself once their bellies are more full, especially when you introduce cereal & solids. Your little one is only 11 weeks old, so it may be a little while until you can go away for a few hours. But you will be able to leave the house soon. Don't sweat it if she doesn't end up taking a bottle.