My DD is currently breastfed, I'll be returning to work soon so I am trying to get her to take one bottle during the day instead of the breast. At the moment she is refusing everything I try including a sipper cup, bottle & straw.
Any advice on how to get my cheeky girl to drink a formula bottle?
(She also won't take ebm from a bottle)
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17-09-2013 21:06 #1
Help!! My 7mth old will not take formula at all!
17-09-2013 21:21 #2
What happens when someone other than you gives the bottle? Is she just refusing to take the bottle from you? She knows you have milk and b00bs are so much better than bottles, so she may just be a bit confused as to why you're not feeding her in the normal way?
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18-09-2013 02:24 #3
She won't take it from anyone, she cries & pushes it out of her mouth.
18-09-2013 04:11 #4Senior Member
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I recently tried to get ds to drink formula. I had to mix it with ebm to get him to take any of it. He much prefers it from the source.
If you can try getting her used to a bottle with ebm so it tastes the same. Then when she is drinking it swap to formula if you need/want to.
Have you tried different bottles? I use medela calma which ds seems to be ok with now but if you are going to use formula they are no good. Otherwise when ds was really fussy with bottles we used tommy tipee closer to nature.
How long will you be away at work for each day? At 6 months they are suppose to be nutritionally able to fast for 12 hrs overnight so if she won't take anything she may just make up for it that night.
A friend of mine went back to work as a nurse doing 12 hr shifts when her dd was 6 months. They tried everything to get her to have milk while she was gone but she point blank refused even ebm.
She is now a healthy happy three yr old, so if that's what ends up happening then be gentle on yourself.
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18-09-2013 16:02 #5Senior Member
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I've just returned to work 2 days/wk and it took 3wks of offering ebm before my dd would take it. She's 10mths old and I leave 2x50mls or so which they heat up in the bottle but give in her sippy cup.
She doesn't always drink all of it though.
Im away from her just under 11hrs and I dont work consecutive days and pump twice at work and feed normally at home
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18-09-2013 19:09 #6Senior Member
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A friend of mine went back to work when her daughter was about 7 months old and she would not take a bottle of anything either. She only worked short days (~9-3pm) part time so just breastfed when she dropped her off and picked her up. While she was away the daughter would have yoghurt, water and vegie puree. Her CHN told her yoghurt and water were about the equivalent of a breastfeed so not to worry.
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18-09-2013 19:37 #7
Thanks so much for all your support, it gives me some confidence that she will be fine without a feed if she chooses not to take a bottle.
18-09-2013 20:32 #8
My DS is 7.5 months and hasn't happily taken formula when I've tried.
I've started this week not feeding him overnight in prep for my return to work (he hasn't really fed properly overnight for a few weeks, more just a few sucks for comfort) and when he wakes at 5ish is hungry, this morning he took a formula bottle and I expressed my super engorged boobs and used some in his breakfast.
Doesn't mean it'll work tmw but I'm willing to keep trying
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18-09-2013 20:36 #9
My daughter is now 9 months and exactly the same.
She is still bf, but she doesn't have any milk all day at daycare. She eats well, so I just feed her before I leave and as soon as I pick her up.
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18-09-2013 20:38 #10
Does she settle without a feed?
I went back to work when my DD1 was 8 months and I would feed on drop off and pick up and she was happy with food during the day. But be prepared for making up for misses feeds during the night. My DD1 fed all night long just to remind me how much she missed me.
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