Posted by: JessieB | 2006/11/06


12 weeks and refuses the bottle

Hi There,

My little girl has started to refuse the bottle. It started about a week ago.

She drinks between 500 - 650ml per day (but more towards the 500ml side of the scale). I was told that she should be drinking 800ml per day based on her current weight of 5kgs (160ml per kg body weight). Naturally I am quite stressed as this is way off.

She has been exclusively bottle fed since 6 weeks. I took her to the doc last week as it was getting a bit much - she screams for food, I then feed her and either she fights the bottle, screams some more or falls asleep. He checked her ears, nose, throat etc and all seemed fine, so didn't really have a solution for me.

At first I thought I could have been the bottles (I have Dr Browns bottles which apparently are quite good, but tried a NUK bottle, which I got free from Discovery and an AVENT bottle which a friend lent me, but the same happens with these).

She did put on some weight last week - 150g, but her usual is about 300g. (she was 2.5kg at birth)

What else could I try, or should I stick it out for another week? I keep on thinking that when she was breastfed, I didn't know how much she was getting and she was fine!

Thanks very much. I look forward to hearing from you.


Expert's Reply



She is taking enough fluid per day at present and her weight gain is good. Don't force her to drink she will only fall asleep when she has had enough.

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