Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Anon | 2009/04/13

Q.

Baby refusing bottle

My 8 week old daughter refuses to take a bottle. I have been breastfeeding her but would like to stop now. She gags every time you put the teat in her mouth and I' ve tried giving her water instead of milk from the bottle. I' ve even tried someone else feeding her but that doesn' t work either
How on earth will I get her off my breast?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your baby is feeding well on the breast, so why do you want to stop breastfeeding her?She is only 8 weeks old and is benefiting greatly from being breast fed She absolutely refuses to suck a bottle so this is not the answer now.Keep on breastfeeding your baby at least until she is 4 months old and then you can try her on a bottle again- if that is the way you would prefer to feed her then.

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