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Stopped taking bottle


My wife returned to work part time, so we are doing bottled breast milk for some feedings.  Last week was her first shift and everything went well. Our daughter took the bottles and both baby and dad survived.  Ever since that day, however, she doesn’t want to take the bottle anymore.  We never had trouble before, but suddenly she has a complete aversion to the bottle.  Yesterday, mom worked about 7 hours and our daughter wouldn’t take a bottle the entire time.  We tried 3 different nipples and she just would fuss and cry.  I saw you had a section on your website with that for a 4 month old, but our daughter is just 13 weeks and too young to transition to solids.  We are going to try to mix nursing and bottles- Nurse one side then have dad give a bottle for the second half of the feeding so she isn’t screaming-- for the next few feedings, but I just wondered if you had any other ideas. 

I think you are on the right track. Clearly, she has the ability to take the bottle, but she prefers to nurse.

I agree that I would try a variety of bottles, nipples (types and flow rates) and have different people try to feed her. Often nursing infants will refuse to take bottles from their mothers but will do better with others. Recently, I have seen a few nursing infants who preferred to be bottle fed by their mother. I also like your idea of mixing the nursing and bottle feeding. Try to feed her at different times - when she is not very hungry verses when she is super hungry.

I would also try to encourage the use of a pacifier. If she finds comfort in a “paci” maybe she will do better with a pacifier-like bottle nipple.

The key here is persistence. Practice makes perfect. Let me know how she does. Hang in there!


Written June 2015 by
Gregory Gordon MD, Orlando Pediatrician






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