Posted by: ccb | 2004/10/27


breast to bottle

i cannot get my 4 month old to take to a bottle, i have tried a feeding cup, two types and a mormail teat, she refuses... with expressed milk, and water. i am going back to work and need her to take to it really soon...?? help please...

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I hope some of the other mother's can give advice too, but it is normal for child to refuse the bottle initially. If they are really hungry and offered no alternative they will take the bottle.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/10/28

Don't worry about her taking the bottle. She will eventually take it. Just offer it often but don't force the issue.

Remember that at this age, some babies are already going through the night without food, so if she refuses a bottle all day, she won't be in danger (like a baby under 8 weeks would).
She will however make up for it by breast feeding more often when you are home from work. She won't refuse it forever, just for a day or two, when she will eventually take it.

Also remember that whether she takes the bottle or not she is going to want extra breast time and cuddles from you, and so will wake more often during the night for the first while that you are back at work until she gets used to the new pattern.

I suggest you contact a lactation consultant for advise on this. You will find one for your area listed in the back of the baby magazines (Your Baby, Baby and Me, Living and Loving etc). She is an expert on human breast feeding and gives all sorts of advice on expressing and storing milk for baby while you're at work, getting baby to take a bottle for when you're at work etc.

Good luck. Its awful going back to work, and I know you won't believe me now, but after just two or three days both you and baby will have adjusted to it. Its actually quite nice to be around adults for the day - though this of course brings a whole lot of guilt with it (doesn't everything?).

Just remember that your best gift to your baby is a well balanced mother!! And if that means going to work, then thats what it means.

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