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    Default Baby won't take bottle.

    11 week DD is exclusively breastfed but I like to give her a bottle of expressed milk before bed at night as my supply is lower then and also as I think it helps her sleep 12 hours.

    Anyway every night it is a battle to get her too take it. We have tried 4 different bottles including the medela calma one. Have tried feeding her in the bouncer, have tried letting DH feed her. She will sip it from a cup but its messy and we loose half the milk.


    Im out of ideas and I try to persist as otherwise I will never get to go anywhere if she won't take a bottle. She was better when she was younger but still fussy on the bottle. Now she full on arches, screams, pushes the teat out with her tongue, chokes and gags. I also use the slowest flow teat as she seems to panic and think she's choking when it flows.

    Any ideas? Will it pass?

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    No ideas sorry

    Dd2 was the same took the bottle twice when she was around 2 weeks old then refused until I stopped bf and switched to formula she was 8 1/2 months it was a pain because I couldn't go anywhere with out her

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    I think we might be the same. She's such a sweet natured baby but show her a bottle and she chucks a wobbly.

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    My son wouldn't take a bottle til we started comp feeding about a month ago when he was 8 months. He took a sippy cup from five months, but before that it was boob or nothing, I'm afraid. Now his favourite combo is bottle with sippy cup attachment. I would suggest persisting and one day you may find she will just take it, but it took us a long, long time to get there...

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    Hmmm I wonder what's the earliest you can introduce a suppy cup. She's obviously a bit young but I think she'd feel more accepting if she can control the flow

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    Can't hurt to try! I think it's around 12-16 weeks from memory but you never know. We started him off by having him sitting up on our lap facing away from us so we could hold his little hands and teach him that way. He's only just getting the idea that you need to tip it back to get more out of it. Pretty slow going!

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    Dd2 hates the bottle (I've tried about 10 types!) I managed to get her to take a whole 10ml the other day out of a mimi jumi bottle, so we are going to offer her some everyday in hope she drinks enough!

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    I don't know if you have tried them or not but Pigeon bottles and teats are really good for BF bubs.

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    Thanks I'll give the pigeon a go but I have a feeling it's not the bottle but more the fact it's not a boob.

    Also had an idea that if try it at a time other than bed when she's cranky.

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    Can I ask why you think a bottle at night helps her sleep thru? BF babies will only drink as much as they can so maybe the bottle is over filling her and she's getting upset because of that?

    Also by giving ur LO a bottle of EBM at night instead of ur boob ur supply will begin to dwindle at night to match the demand IYKWIM. The sucking action and special hormones that babies have stimulate breast milk production. More sucking=more milk.

    Can you try her on a bottle for 5 mins then offer the boob? That way she is increasing ur supply and learning to take a bottle at the same time.

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