my son wouldn't take the bottle either. I also tried an 'avent' cup & found that because it was a 'non-spill' cup the mechanism in top made it hard for him to get the water/milk etc out. So, I removed this until he had the idea that he had to "suck" to get the liquid out. Once he had the idea I replaced the 'non spill' mechanism & he is now happily drinking from his cup & very proud of himself also!!
Hope this helps.
Nome, QLD, 4yr old girl, 9 mth old boy.
I've read in some baby books (Baby Love is a wonderful book) that some breastfed babies just won't drink out of a bottle as they are so different to the breast. It was suggested in this book if having problems go directly onto a cup, but at 5 months she may wear more than she drinks.
As you will start introducing solids at 6 months of age, the breastfeeding will wean abit and she may be more inclined to accept a bottle if she is really hungry then.
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Louise, Brisbane Qld. Mum to Ella and Luca
My little boy was so hungry he grabbed the bottle and put it in his mouth himself the first time it was offered and he was 4 months at the time. We were very lucky. At 6 months old now he is almost holding it by himself (the water bottle he does hold himself and loves to do it). A friend of mine had this problem and she used to start her baby on the breast and then slip the bottle teat into the side of her baby's mouth and then pull out the breast and he would keep sucking. It took a while but it did work. I have heard trying different teats might work. Some feel better or more real than others. Does he use a dummy? You could try to find a teat the same as her dummy and she might be happy to suck that. Maybe expresssing a little milk or squeezing a little formula out onto the teat and rubbing it onto the teat might help too. I'm sorry I can't be of any more help. I hope these help.
Stick with it and let me know how you go...
It was very comforting reading your response! I am returning to work next year but am hoping to pick up a few days casual work from mid - October but it all depends on my little darling and how much she will drink from a cup. I am beginning to feel pressured. However, she will take about 30ml at the moment and I am attepting to slowly increase the amounts. I will let you know if this works...
my beautiful 7 month old boy is also refusing the bottle, he seems to far prefer the breast (what boy doesn't!). Like you guys I have tried different teats and formulas etc and have had some success with diluted prune juice and the tommee tipee ortho teat. Having said that he is taking about a quarter of the bottle but hasn't emptied it yet.
Unfortunately, I don't have much to add but wanted to say thanks to everyone for adding their bit, it makes a huge difference to know that I'm not doing something wrong and I think Jazz you are right - our little darlings are the bosses already!
NSW, DS 31 Jan 2003, DD 15 Aug 2006
I had the same problem with my 4mth old boy. He used to suck ok on the bottle, but spit out the formula. I was advised by a child health nurse to go 'cold turkey' with him for 2 days straight, i.e complete formula feeding & no topping up on breastmilk (only water), after trying a bottle each day for about 3 weeks. I spent a couple of days with my Mum who fed him the bottle. She distracted him by singing to him and he took 100mls each feed!! I stayed out of sight while she fed him. He still fussed and carried on, but Mum persisted with him. I did still breastfeed him-but only the first feed in the morning and the last feed at night. He now takes 2 bottles a day, and is taking almost all of the 200mls of formula. I used the tommee tippee ortho teat which was the same shape as his dummy, and sometimes while feeding (when he was spitting out the formula) slip in the dummy for a few seconds and then switch back. He also seems to take the formula sucessfully from everyone else but me. (he still tries to search for the breast, while I'm feeding him)
I can now go back to work part time, very relieved.
My beautiful girl also would not take the bottle. We were advised not to try until breastfeeding was well established - about 8 weeks. Tried every day for about a month and then a couple of times a week until about 6 months. It was very frustrating. I could not be away from her for more than a few hours at a time...
Then at 8 months, she was refusing the breast and we were both getting very annoyed at each other... I dumped her on the ground, made her a bottle of formula and she drank the lot! I don't know what happened. I also have a cupboard full of every brand bottle, teat and cup and she drinks out of the original Avent.
She is now totally weaned and I have some sort of a life back. It is very nice to sleep on my tummy again and not to have to wear maternity bras!!!
Summer, VIC, 7month old daughter (Eden)