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    Default Urgent advice pls! Away from BF baby and he's not drinking.

    My 3 month old DS has previously taken the bottle okay a handful of times (EBM) but I am away for 24 hours now and he's decided to fight it this time. Hubby is getting it into him in dribs and drabs. He's only drunk 3 feeds of about 50mL each and judging by my boobs and how much I've expressed this afternoon he would usually have about 150mL per feed. So im really worried. Is this dangerous for him? Hubby says he seems okay, still smiling at him and settling off to sleep for a bit. I can go to him tonight if absolutely necessary but it would be a big deal.

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    Default Urgent advice pls! Away from BF baby and he's not drinking.

    My DD did this the first time I left her with DH for the day (she was 6 months) the second day I left her with DH she was fine and took the bottle really well. We're still not too sure why. I think it might possibly have been because on day one we were using older milk that I'd expressed a few weeks before, and the second day we were using fresh milk I'd expressed the day before- could that be the case for you?
    Maybe you could also try using a different teat? We were told the Tomee Tippee teats are quite similar to the boob. Haven't used them myself but if might be another thing to try?

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    Default Urgent advice pls! Away from BF baby and he's not drinking.

    A baby will not starve themselves, so just rest easy, he will be fine

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    Default Re: Urgent advice pls! Away from BF baby and he's not drinking.

    Hubby's got a selection of teats that DS had successfully drank from only a week or two ago (tommee tippee worked before). The milk is a mixture of fresh and frozen... I suspect the refusal is just cause he's gotten a bit older and pickier but I'm just worried it's dangerous for him because he's not drinking nearly as much as he normally does. :s

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    just keep an eye on how many wet nappies he is having a day .. if he is still having wet nappies - he isn't dehydrated ..

    if he is still happy and perky and content - I wouldn't stress - you aren't gone for long?

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    Default Re: Urgent advice pls! Away from BF baby and he's not drinking.

    I'm back tomorrow morning. Yeah hubby says he's still settled every now and then with smiles. But also crying a bit on and off. Poor little man. Mummy guilt!! At least he's getting SOMETHING into him I suppose. Thanks for the replies.

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    Default Urgent advice pls! Away from BF baby and he's not drinking.

    Hugs! This must be so stressful for you! Could your hubby syringe feed your son tonight, so he gets some more milk? Or try and feed him while he's asleep?

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    He will be fine. As long as he is getting something and hubby is offering it often. Don't stress

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    I'd be suggesting hubby try & get small amounts in frequently. Although bubs might have 150ml every 4 hours from you if you're around, 40 - 50ml every 2 hours or so is actually pretty close to that. He might also find bubs wants a bigger feed overnight at some point. My dd would hold out for me (still does!) for a lot longer than I would otherwise expect! If I'm around at that point in time she'd feed 2 - 3 hourly, but if I wasn't there 4 or 5 hours was fine for her!

    If bubs is content (which means not hysterically out of character screaming) and having plenty of wet nappies I wouldn't be worried. But, I suspect bubs will like plenty of milk from you tomorrow!

    I had to work yesterday and I'm half trying to wean my dd so I was pleased when she went from 9am til 5pm without a feed (usually she'll still have 1 - 2 in that time - she's 15 months old). Today of course, she had 4 or maybe 5 feeds from 9am til 7pm!

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    Default Re: Urgent advice pls! Away from BF baby and he's not drinking.

    Thanks guys. Yeah hubby has tried syringing too but it's hard to get much in apparently. DS is asleep now. Normally he sleeps through but I reckon he'll be waking hubby up a few times overnight. Hopefully with a few hours between feeds he'll wake up hungry and decide to drink from the bottle. Maybe cause hubby's been giving him little bits all arvo he hadn't had a chance to get properly hungry and overcome the bottle barrier.

    Thanks so much for the replies. It's very helpful to share my worries!


 

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