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    Default my five mth old wont take bottle

    My 5 mth old still refuses to take the bottle. I need to go back to work a couple days a week and am worried she's going to starve and be inconsolable. I've tried everything everyday for 2 mths. Different teats, places, positions, times, people. tried formula once the rest was expressed BM. Sippy cup, Medela soft cup.

    Now I've started solids a bit early to see if that helps. So far she only likes rice cereal.

    She truly goes ballistic! HELP!!

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    My DS was exactly the same, I know it's hard, I found that the MAM bottles and teats were the best. What I did was I offered him the bottle before the boob for every feed, so he always knew boob was coming afterwards and little by little he took the bottle more (at the start he would completely refuse).
    Good luck Hun, pm me if you need to vent

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    Yes my dd always refused a bottle. I had to return to work at 6 months part time. She would drink ebm by sipping from a cup but she wouldn't gulp it down or anything.. but at least she would have something.. she was always okay with water too. But yeah.. I tried every bottle and teat.. every trick anyone suggested. She is 14 months now. Still won't have a bottle but loves sippy straws. Her daycare never minded..how many hours will you be away?

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    The way I got DD to take a bottle at that age was to put plain water in a bottle and offer it to her at various times throughout the day. She took the water happily, so when she had done that for a few days I tried EBM in it and she drank it. I think it helped just having tasteless water in it to begin with so that she could get the hang of sucking without any milk flavours getting in the way.

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    Thanks everyone. Such quick responses. Bum mum: She'll be at daycare (if grandpa can't handle it) for 6 hrs, 2 days a week to begin.

    Good to know I'm not the only one.

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    Good luck. Same problem here too so might try offering water in a bottle just to get him used to it. Sick of tipping EBM down the sink!

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    About to try transfer

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    Oops! Meant to say try Tupperware type sippy cups. My son drinks ebm from them, gulps it down at 5.5 months old.

    Can anyone delete my last post?

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    What are you mixing your rice cereal with, breast milk? Just a suggestion, but if you BF before you left daycare when dropping her off and again as soon as you got there to pick her up, daycare could feed her the rice cereal with lots of BM added and that may be enough for her to go the 6 hours. Not an ideal situation, but a possible last resort...

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    Good luck to you too. Been trying water which is saving wasted EBM, but she's using the teat like teething toy and chewing it, rolling it around her mouth.


 

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