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Old 03-30-2010, 08:32 AM
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OLDER baby won't take bottle - help?

Hi guys. I just enthusiastically read SpencersMoms thread below:
HELP! Baby won't take a bottle :(
but I thought I would start a new thread rather than add to hers. My issue is a bit different because my son is 10 months old. He has been exclusively breastfed with only very sporadic bottle feeding up until now since I have been at home with him.

I cannot get him to drink ANY liquid from ANY type of vessel at this point. And I have tried nearly everything - even baby cocaine (i.e., STRAIGHT apple juice). I'd be more than happy to put him straight to a sippy cup but that's not working either.

Have tried:
-cups
-sippy cups
-bottles
-cups with straws
-even eye droppers!!!

and I have tried various liquids - water, formula (diff brands) expressed breast milk, juice, liquid yogurt. Argh.

Any advice or help appreciated. In one month I am going away for a week so I am anxious to get him drinking from something other than me!
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Old 03-30-2010, 08:52 AM
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Have YOU been trying everything? If so, maybe what you need to do is leave him with someone for a few hours and let them try. He just may not want to take anything from you, since you are the source of his milk I'm sorry, I don't really have any other suggestions, since I never had to leave either of my kids for any real length of time while they were BFing, plus it looks like you've tried everything I'd have suggested
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Ya, it's a good point. My husband has tried a few times but typically it is me and you are right, I'm sure that is a stumbling block. I may need to enlist more help from the hubby..problem is its me who is at home with him all day so....
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Ya, it's a good point. My husband has tried a few times but typically it is me and you are right, I'm sure that is a stumbling block. I may need to enlist more help from the hubby..problem is its me who is at home with him all day so....
This is still our problem as well. There is only 1 feeding a day that isn't bedtime that my husband even has a chance of being home for. If we are lucky he may be home once a week for that feeding. Weekends are our only opportunity, and trying the bottle seems to take the back seat when we are trying to hurry up and get out of the house to go do something We really need to make this a priority!

Good luck If you find anything that works PLEEEEASE be sure to share
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i wish i could help. my daughters were never even given bottles, so i can't even begin to advise anything.

i do agree with letting someone else give him the bottle; he smells you and associates you with mealtime.
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Ya, it's a good point. My husband has tried a few times but typically it is me and you are right, I'm sure that is a stumbling block. I may need to enlist more help from the hubby..problem is its me who is at home with him all day so....
Do you have any neighbors you're friendly with? It's a non-issue for us now, but I now have a few neighbors that I'm comfortable leaving my kids with, and if I lose my mind enough to have another (LOL) I could ask them to keep the baby for a while and try to feed him/her. And I totally KWYM about being home all day, it's the same with me. Plus, the job hubby has, he can be late/not be home at all sometimes (Just last Friday, he was working 4 hours away and had to stay there all night, didn't get home until around 2:30 Sunday morning!)
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i wish i could help. my daughters were never even given bottles, so i can't even begin to advise anything.

i do agree with letting someone else give him the bottle; he smells you and associates you with mealtime.
Did they transition to cups easily? Any tips there? My older son went straight from breastfeeding to cups and I was very happy about that...I would be equally happy to do that again but at this point would be satisfied even if he took a bottle!
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We went through bottle rejection at 3 months with our daughter. She can be very strong willed and stubborn. For us, consistency was the key. Same time every day with the same type of bottle/vessel. I can't stress how important that was for us. If we missed a day, we could see regression again. I agree that it was helpful to have someone other than myself offer the bottle. For us it took over a month, closer to 2 months for a noticeable difference. That's 60 straight days missing only a few days! Some days she would scream the entire time and other days she was more accepting of the evil bottle. On top of that she never took more than 3 ounces from the bottle even at 10 months. I think it was just enough to take the edge off.

I don't know what we would have done if we had other children or if DH worked longer hours. A friend of mine was able to get her son to take a bottle and she started with him at 5 months or so. His temperament is much more easy going than DD and he is a big eater so she was able to get good results in several weeks.

At 10 months, I would probably go with a sippy or straw cup and give up on the artificial nipple. If possible, I would ask someone else to do this such as DH, neighbor or babysitter/mother's helper at around the same time each day. We found it helpful if DH took her outside where she couldn't see or smell me. I would avoid holding him in the cradle position or any position that is associated with nursing. I have heard of putting baby in bouncy chair/swing and feeding baby from behind him so he can't see you.

If worse comes to worse, you may have to sneak the milk into food while you are gone. Mix bm with rice cereal, oatmeal and his other solids. Good luck and I'll let you know if I think of anything else.
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I was in a similar boat, and tried EVERY bottle/cup known to mankind.
Eventually he took a Playtex sippy cup.

My son is UBER stubborn, and I had to let him be very thirsty, and not cave and BF him. Eventually he took the sippy, and I continued to BF him for another year. I have to say that in the beginning he would only drink small amounts out of the cup, just to take the edge off - it took almost a year, when I weaned him, to finally accept the sippy as a source of liquid.

I forgot to say, I started with a sippy of expressed breast milk, then moved to regular milk.
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Thanks all for your responses. I thought I would chime back in as well because I just heard another tip which I thought made a lot of sense. In terms of when to offer the cup (or bottle for younger babes), start with the feeding they will miss the most.

Maybe that's obvious, but I tend to hold firm and not nurse him during the day...whereas he may do better at taking the cup first thing in the a.m. My husband did try to feed him with a bottle the other morning without success but maybe I will ramp that up a bit.

Luca - no kidding - stubborn...this is definitely my little guy's personality too. Oh just wait until they are teenagers!
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Did they transition to cups easily? Any tips there? My older son went straight from breastfeeding to cups and I was very happy about that...I would be equally happy to do that again but at this point would be satisfied even if he took a bottle!
yes, they went straight to cups.
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Have you tried the breastflow brand bottles? A friend of mine had good luck with those with her older baby.
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Mine wouldn't take a bottle/cup from me, or if I was in the room, but would take one for hubby if I was gone. I was so freaked out about leaving one day when I'd be gone for a long time, but he ate fine for hubs

Anyway, I have no new ideas to add, but good luck!
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Old 04-06-2010, 08:29 AM
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Thanks guys for the best wishes. It's still going pretty poorly, but we're working on it. My husband is doing his best to get liquid into him before he leaves for work. I usually hide upstairs for that.

My son is one stubborn little guy...can't wait for potty training, puberty, etc. Ha ha.
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