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    Default Bottle Feeding

    My daughter is 6 months old and doesn't take a bottle. She will play with it and bite it, she doesnt know how to suck the milk from it. My partner gave her a dream feed one night and she drank from the bottle then but when she is aware she is not interested. I like the fact that she prefers my breast but I am worried I am going to be away for three hours during theevening and she might want some milk. Any ideas or tips would be great

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    DS is 10 months and has only taken a bottle a handful of times.
    If you'll only be away 3 hours can you just feed her right before you leave?
    Also she might take the bottle if she knows you're definitely not home. DS waited an hour with DH once before taking a bottle when I was out.

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    Oh sorry, some tips... Try when she's sleepy.
    Or start off bfing and slip the bottle in when she's sleepy.
    Have you tried a sippy cup instead of a bottle? When I go to work 2 days a week DS has minuscule amounts of milk from a cup which is better then nothing from a bottle.


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    My DD was the same and would never take a bottle... I found it frustrating at times! I would just start teaching her to drink from a sipy cup rather than a bottle since she is 6mths. Might take a while though before she can drink significant amounts. I agree with the PP who suggested feeding her right before you go out to minimize the chance she will want a feed. Otherwise, your DH might be able to get a little milk into her using a regular glass.

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    My dd used a sippy cup, and my nephew does now, too. Neither ever had a bottle or dummy.

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    Hey there, do try the Calma by Medela bottle teat. It's made exclusively for BF'ing bubs and despite what the other bottle manufacturers say about theirs mimicking the breast (I tried them ALL!), this teat appears to be the only one on the market that actually does this. Has a double membrane system that makes the baby suck similarly to BF'ing, and bubs can take the milk quick or slow as they wish. It's still a teat though, but one that allows the same sucking action as at the breast and is easier for the baby to learn to suckle from.


    It is much longer than the average teat, and do read the directions if you get one as you bottle them on a diff angle to normal bottle feeding.
    They are not cheap, at abt 22 bucks, but with occasional use, lasts apparently the whole time you are BF'ing. We think they're worth their weight in gold (I should buy shares in Medela, as we've bought 10 of them and given 4 or 5 away, to Mums and bubs who also loved them). Good luck!

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    Unfortunately (or fortunately) some babies never take a bottle. Mine is 8 months and just won't. Tried every bottle in the world I think. Tried every sneaky trick. She's too stubborn! I breastfed a friends baby once who won't take a bottle. When you think about it, why would they want to if they are used to a nice warm soft breast.. Particularly babies who feed out of comfort a lot.

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