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04/06/2013 at 19:15
She will point blank refuse to take a bottle. Screaming fit every time we try.
H gives it to her while i have a shower or go out, he calms her down between each attempt, but she's having none of it. We really don't want to go down the route of cup feeding/syringes as its really only for convenience if I have to be away for her for any amount of time (which i will need to be in a few weeks time), so can't really ask friends or inlaws to faff around with that.
Please someone tell me it'll get easier?!? I can't be with her every waking second of the day..
04/06/2013 at 19:38
We had this with Isla the only ones she'd take were a brand called playtex drop ins with an old fashioned latex fast flow teat. They have to be ordered but amazon sell them. You get an outer bottle like tube, a preformed liner that drops in the bottle and then the teat on top. It's supposed to mimic breast feeding. It worked for us x
04/06/2013 at 19:43
Its not even the kind of teat...the second anything other than my boob touches her lips she screams the house down. We've tried loads of types, its just the fact that its not boob. She's not fooled by shape or texture.
04/06/2013 at 20:11
We have had exactly the same and tried avent, boots, medela and TT and the only ones she will take are momma (£4 from TK Maxx!). She wouldnt even put her lips round any other teat. I started off by me feeding her and then halfway through switching to the bottle of EBM. It's taken 4 months to get there but tonight she guzzled 7 oz and I'm leaving her tomorrow for the first time for more than and hr for a meeting at wor! Good luck x
04/06/2013 at 20:21
Has she ever taken it?
Have you tried squirting a bit onto her lips do she gets a taste and associates it with milk?
04/06/2013 at 21:30
Yeah she's been absolutely fine on the bottle before, but i think i broke her when she had her massive vomiting episode the other week after a bottle...she's not been the same since. We've tried squirting some on her lip, but she doesn't seem to take any notice.
Its so hard to know whether to persevere when she's crying because she gets so worked up, but if we give up the second she starts crying then we'd never get anywhere. It's so incredibly stressful, i just don't know what to do :(
04/06/2013 at 21:47
Oh yes, I remember now.
It is so hard, I remember having a real battle with A when he refused the bottle, he was a lot older at 9 months though so I could be a bit firmer with him. You have my utmost sympathy.
Is it EBM or formula you're trying?
Have you tried it at different temperatures?
It may be worth trying a little before she'd normally be due a feed, may make for a calmer experience if she's not really hungry.
05/06/2013 at 05:51
We had been trying her with formula as HV wanted us to top her up, but switched to EBM to try and make it a nicer experience for her. We've tried giving it to her before she's due a feed but it doesn't seem to work, so maybe we should try it towards the end of a normal feed and she might be more receptive?
05/06/2013 at 10:25
Sympathies. My A also used to take a bottle and now won't. Even tried a cup recently but no go.
05/06/2013 at 11:17
How about giving her a bit towards the end of feed when she's feeling happy and content and less likely to resist? I hope things get better for you soon xx
05/06/2013 at 11:24
Interested in this as my 3 month old won't take a bottle regularly.
Do the playtex teats fit any other bottles, or do i have to buy the whole system? We've loads of different bottles so if they would fit one that would be great.
05/06/2013 at 11:27
I know you want to top up but might it be worth having a couple of days with out trying and then attempting again see if you can break what ever association she has with not wanting the bottle? A friend found she couldn't be in the house for her little one to take a bottle even being ina different room didin't work. also temp of the milk/ teat can make a difference for some babies
05/06/2013 at 11:42
I agree with drifter, give it a break for a week and try again.
It doesn't necessarily mean she'll never take a bottle.
05/06/2013 at 12:07
HV wants us to top up, but i'm not really that worried about her weight gain...she's skinny, but then so are H and I, and she is gaining steadily, just not by much...3-4oz a week. I think we'll just leave it a week and try again when I'm out of the house.
I joked to H last night that we really need to make a concentrated effort to find her factory reset button
05/06/2013 at 15:45
deafinately don't let the HV stress you out about top ups if she is gaining weight and seems happy/healthy I would have been elated if disco had gained 3-4oz week at the 2/3 month mark I'd have been very happy.
leaving it a week will hopefully help her try again and stop you and H stressing about it
05/06/2013 at 16:41
Thankfully this week she's put on 6oz, the little porker! So she said not to bother with top-ups and just give the bottles a rest for a week and try again with EBM next week. Hopefully then she'll be more receptive to it, or at the very least, less stressed.
05/06/2013 at 17:02
6oz is fab she sounds very like disco with her weight gain a bit all or nothing.
05/06/2013 at 17:11
That's great news Nenas, hopefully a week to forget about it will make the difference.
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