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    Default Can anyone help me? Baby hates bottles

    Hi all,

    I have to spend 24hrs away from my baby in 2 months time (she's currently 7 months, will be 9 months by then)

    She has always been exclusively breastfed, in the early days I did try to introduce bottle fed BM on the odd occasion, which she hated. Didn't happen.

    Now I really need her to be able to feed without me. She will be staying with her Grandma at the time, and I want to make it as easy as possible for the both of them by 'training' my little girl now.

    Does anyone have any magic tips?

    When I try to offer the bottle now, she just toys with it, bangs it around abit, bites the teat, uses it as a chewing toy or pushes it away every time it comes near her.

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    Maybe try a sippy cup? Or different brand/ shaped teats. I also found when trying to introduce a bottle of EBM to my 2 I couldn't be the one giving it to them, had to be DH, and I had to be out of sight. It can be real trial and error to find what bub will take (and some never will take a bottle). DS2 has never been keen on a bottle, so just doesn't have milk when I have to leave him with DH, but that's never been more than 4ish hours.

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    CitrusRain, I'm actually wondering if she's rebelling against the expressed BM being bottlefed? Perhaps I should try bottlefeeding formula instead. I don't really mind how I get her to take milk, as long as she does it so I know she isn't starving while I'm not with her

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    Try a sippy cup. My DD is 8 months old and refuses bottles. Would rather go hungry she has that much disdain for them! She will take water from a sippy cup though so I do wonder if she would also take EBM. Unfortunately I'm no longer able to express but I'm happy to bf for now. If I was in your situation I would be trying EBM in sippy cup and failing that attempt formula in sippy cup. I often joke with my husband that if it came to me having to be away he would have the syringe the damn stuff in just to make sure she had something!

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    You know what? I'm going to try familiarising her with the sippy cup first. Starting tomorrow when she's in a better 'morning mood'. I think she will accept that rather than sucking. She's never been a sucker apart from my breast. Dummies are a lost cause too.
    I'll check back in with results as I go... ha! lord help me..

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    Have you ever feed her pouch food?
    I give my mil ebm in a reusable pouch for ds2.
    He hates bottles and won't take milk from a sippy.
    Good luck.

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    My ds1 used to drink ebm from a cup with a straw! I know a straw isn't the usual thing but he just really took to sucking from a straw at that age. Best of luck op

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    Try having someone else offer it- she won't take it from you because she knows you have the "real deal"

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    Subbing. DS2 is 5.5 months and I can't get him to take a bottle either. I've tried 4 different teats with EBM, formula and a sippy cup with tepid water. He won't even try to drink from any of them. I'm not sure what else to do? DS1 took to everything with no problems!!

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    Thanks for the additional tips, folks! I'll try anything so keep 'em rolling

    Dueinaugust, that sounds like a good trick. She hasn't had any pouch food yet, but I'll remember that. I didn't realise you could get reusable pouches. Are they in the supermarket?


 

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