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    My 5 month old daughter loves the breast and cries at the sight of a bottle. She was taking an occasional bottle up until about 4 months old but now seems like she doesn't know what to do with it. I have an abundant supply of milk so I express and store it for a rainy day. My husband has been trying to give her a bottle daily for the last few weeks as its my birthday on the weekend and I was hoping to have a day off breastfeeding for my own sanity. I don't want to sound selfish but I feel like I've lost my identity, my only purpose is to feed my child. I love the bond we have through breastfeeding but I would also like to take a little break.
    We have tried multiple bottles, sippy cups, dream feeding, different teats, different temperatures, different people giving it to her, letting her play with the bottle, just about everything I've found to try and she continues to refuse. We went out a week ago and my mum managed to give her 50mls (with difficulty) but we've had no luck since then.
    I just need some advice or even reassurance that she'll eventually take a bottle.

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    Oh you poor thing. This happened with my little girl too at roughly that age. She was off bottles for about 6 weeks and then one day she decided that she was into them again, just out of the blue. Sorry, I know that doesn't help you right now. I too, felt like a dairy cow and struggled with wanting to go out but not being able to leave her with anyone. It was very stressful.

    Trying different bottles and all those other things you mentioned didn't help us either. When she did take a bottle again it was sitting on my knee but facing away from me. That could have been purely coincidental though.

    Good luck Hun.

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    Thank you, I figured as much. Persistence is key I think, we'll just have to keep trying! Some days it just feels like there is no light at the end of the tunnel

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    Try cup feeding. My kids weren't fans of the bottle but did have milk from a cup. Its messy but got the job done. Otherwise the medela calma bottle worked. Just dribble some bm on the test.

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    Good news, tonight she finally took a bottle. We bought a Mam anti colic bottle and she took to it straight away. Thank you for your advice x


 

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