Monday, March 29, 2010

Bottle Refuser

I have this perfect little 4.5 month old angel baby..right? Well, that little angel suddenly decided he was too good for bottles. He refuses each and every bottle we own. He used to not be picky at all. He would drink from..Dr. Browns, Born Free, Nuk, no problems at all. A few weeks ago, he seemed to be irritated on the rare occasion he was given a bottle. Off we went to buybuybaby to buy what I call the "booby" bottle. Its Odiri brand and seriously looks like a boob. I thought..maybe he will like rubbing on this like he does on me. It worked..twice..and now we are at a complete standstill. Help! Please?!

I will say this is our fault. We should have been giving him bottles every few days to keep him used to it. I just..would rather feed him myself. I don't like having to wash all the parts. Breastfeeding is easier.

This is coming from a woman who is supposed to come to terms about weaning her son to work on a second child. Ha, you see how far I have gotten..

HELP!

20 comments:

Heather said...

This happened with Lilly. 3 things caused it.

1. We had stopped giving her a bottle for a while and she preferred the boob.

2. The nipple flow was too slow; once we increased it...it helped.

3. She was teething...so she was chomping on the nipple rather than eating.

We just kept at it and a couple weeks of trying (and finally figuring out the nipple flow) she started taking it again.

Good luck!

Saffy said...

We had the same experience as Heather regarding #2 and #3. r.e #2 it got to the point where Daisy would smack the side of the bottle in frustration.

Oh and the only other thing that caused her to refuse the bottle was reflux as in eating hurt.

I hope it all sorts itself out. I highly recommend you go for whatever bottle is the easiest to clean - T will adjust. I love the wide necked ones - quick to clean!

Kalle said...

Emmett never took a bottle. He just had zero interest in it and I'm with you - breastfeeding is just easier.

What did interest him were sippy cups. We introduced him to sippy cups at about 7 months but one of my friends had the same issue as you and started her daughter on the cup at 5 months.

Not sure if it'll help you but it could be worth a shot.
Good Luck.

danner124 said...

I am having the same issue. Let me know if you find something that works. Our little one won't take the bottle at all.

Jessica said...

Have you tried a BreastFlow bottle? It worked the best for us - even after she considered and ultimately refused the Adiri bottle.

Unfortunately, you're right in that you have to just stick with it... I agree that it's just easier and less work to forget the bottle and nurse them!

Good luck!

Jessica said...

Oh - and the other thing I would recommend is NOT trying the bottle when he's starving, because he's more inclined to get really upset and frustrated then. I'd nurse him a little first and then try giving him the bottle when he's a bit calmer.

Melinda said...

I second the Breastflow bottle. It works great for us! I got ours at Target! Good luck!

Carol said...

Looks like Trevor is trying to help you make the decision about when to stop breastfeeding, huh??? I had the opposite problem with my kids as I didn't have adequate milk supply so they preferred the bottle. However, I found that the Playtex nursers (if they still make them) similated the breast fairly well and were very easy to clean as they had fewer parts. But, do sterilize a needle and enlarge the holes in the nipple. Good luck!

Jodi said...

The best thing that worked for me was for mommy to be nowhere in sight... If my son could see or smell me there was NO WAY he'd entertain the bottle, but if I wasn't around he didn't seem to care!

The Patterson's said...

Sorry that I can't offer any advice. I'm hoping this doesn't happen with Drake. We give him one bottle every day so hopefully not. Good luck!!

Meant to be a mom said...

I have no idea what you should do. But I do sure hope he gets used to it soon.

Ashley said...

I'm so sorry honey!! Hopefully he will get used to it. I need your advice on how to get McKEnzie to sleep better. how did you get Trevor to sleep so good?? I'm jealous;)

Mrs. Hammer said...

Too cute! Maybe he's telling you to wait a bit because he still wants you all to himself :) A momma's boy at heart.

Thomas said...

It's actually probably a good thing that you haven't been giving him one to get him used to it--that can cause problems both with nursing and bottle-feeding for some people. I nursed, but when my son had to have a bottle, we had good luck with the BreastFlow and Playtex nursers with the slowest-flow nipple (I think it's called Naturalatch but not sure if that has anything to do with the speed of flow). He's still so little to give up nursing--I love what one of your other commenters said; maybe he's telling you he's not ready yet.

Good luck!
Paula

beth ewing said...

i haven't commented at all on the breastfeeding/weaning topics b/c with miller my supply was so low that i was not able to breastfeed. i'm praying i can with this one and potentially even be trying different supplements to help. so as someone that was not able to breastfeed i say stick with as long as you can. i'm jealous that you can and would give anything to be able to do it. i hope this doesn't sound judgemental b/c that is not my intention at all. that being said, i hope you find a bottle he will take b/c i think it's important that he learns to eat from both...at least so mommy can get a break now and then. hehe!

Kelly said...

If you find any ideas, please share them with me. Makenzie won't take a bottle at all. She has taken two and now refuses them. I have tried every bottle and she hates them all.
I can't go anywhere for more than 4 hours.
Abby was the same was and finally when she hit 8 months, she decided she would take a bottle.
Ahhhh!

Suzanne said...

I don't know if this will help but have you tried using the latex nipple shields while breastfeeding? It might help to transition and get him used to sucking on a latex nipple but he'll still feel comfortable because he's breastfeeding? Just a thought....

Angela said...

Oh my...I'm of absolutely NO help on this one. All 3 of mine loved nursing so much that they refused the bottle. ...and I'm sure it's ALL my fault. I loved nursing them so much. It goes by so fast and you only get to nurse them for such a short time anyway. Enjoy it...and hope that someone else can help you with the bottle question. LOL

erin said...

macie took the breastflow bottles well. tommi tippi was also a fav

The Richardson's said...

I never breast fed and delt with this 2 times. the first time we switiched formulas. The second we switched again and then alsp started mixing in 2 teaspoons of karo (per the dr's instrucutions) so check with your dr. there could be more to it.