Wednesday, November 10, 2010

No Bottle for Baby!?! Help!

by Mama G

This is a plea for help!  If it does not work, I may never be able to leave my son for more than 3 hours at a time!  (And the thought of that makes me very stressed – Mama needs some time out with the girls.)

The problem is four and half month old Baby C has stopped taking a bottle.   He’ll take the plastic nipple into his mouth, take 3 or 4 sucks, and then realize it’s not the real thing.   This is when he lets his displeasure be known by writhing, flailing and all-out screaming.

It wasn’t always this way.  Baby C had his first bottle at 3 weeks old, courtesy of his dad.  I had done all sorts of reading about breastfeeding and bottles before Baby C’s big brother was born, and 3 weeks old seemed like the magic number.  Not too early so as to cause any nipple confusion, but not too late, when the baby has become more set in his ways.  It worked like a charm the first time, so we figured why change anything the second time around.  Unlike his big brother, who was somewhat reluctant to take the bottle at first, Baby C took to it right away.  I did some pumping each day, my husband did a bottle each night, and I felt a huge weight off my shoulders.

Then life got in the way.  With a highly active 20-month old and a newborn, there just wasn’t much time for pumping.  It was just easier to breastfeed than bottle feed.  Somehow, one bottle a day became one bottle every other day and then one bottle a week.  Without really noticing, suddenly it had been several weeks since Baby C’s last bottle.

Now I am desperate to re-introduce the bottle.  Any other mom’s out there who’ve had success at this?  Please share your story.  I’m ready to try anything at this point!

The other option is to forgo the bottle altogether and go straight to a cup.  My toddler’s sippy cups just seem so big though, and I am having a hard time imagining how that would work.  If you started your baby on a sippy cup early, do you have any recommendations for brand or type?

I’ve got dinner with the girls on the calendar for December 11th and would like to have peace of mind that Baby C will get some milk, from any source except my boob, if needed!


  1. We found switching to Breastflow bottles helped...also making sure that bottle feedings were distinctly different from nursing: keeping baby upright, not in a location where we nursed, etc. has a lot of helpful hints. Good luck! You deserve that night out(and many more)!

  2. I had the same issue...we tried different bottles, different people etc...and nothing worked....until I discovered this...I would prepare a bottle and bring it with me to my feeding and after a minute or two, would slip it into Baby A's first she noticed and wouldnt want it..but gradually she took to it...and we got her back on the bottle.

  3. I'm pretty sure I could've written this exact post myself, complete with the exact same age Ava would take the bottle, and when she stopped. I just wrote an article for Pampers on it, if that helps:

    I wish I had better advice for you, other than keep trying! One day, with no change in reason, she just took it again! Hang in there - sorry!!!

  4. My son's been only bottle feeding since 4 weeks old. At four and a half months this bottle refusal also happened for us! I somehow figured he might be teething and tried giving him a COLD (straight from the fridge) bottle and it worked!!.... Then at 6 months he did it again, this time he just was getting distracted by everything so I found the only thing that would keep him focused was having the TV on, ideally cartoons - Sponge Bob in particular seemed to work the best. He'd just stair at the TV while drinking.

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