Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Jacqui | 2010/01/13


URGENT-Baby refuses expressed milk from bottle at Creche


i need urgent advice

My baby is nearly 4 and half months old now and has been exclusively breastfed. I am trying to continue feeding her until she is at least a year old.

Today she started creche for the first time and i sent expressed breast milk for the 2 feeds i will miss with her but i got a call that she was refusing to drink it even though they could see she was hungry. As i am still at home this week, i wanted to send her to creche now so i would know if there were any problems with her and then be available to the creche.

The milk i sent was defrosted breastmilk and eventually she only drank 25mls of it at about 12:00. Her last proper feed was at 07:30 this morning with me, and then she should have fed again at about 10:30 but cried, then slept and had a bit at 12:00.

The usual feed at10:30, i expressed for her for tomorrow, but then took that fresh milk to the creche for her and she still wasn' t interested. i thought she may not like the defrosted milk after it was frozen as i know for a fact she will drink fresh, unfrozen milk from an AVENT bottle as i gave that the day before to check if she will be ok with it for creche. She won' t drink anything and i know for a fact she doesn' t drink formula at all.

what can i do to get her to take her feeds at creche? i am desperate as i struggle as it is to express milk for her andi really can' t waste anymore milk.

please help!

thank you

Expert's Reply



It would probably be best to direct this question to our breaast feeding forum on Health24.In the meantime perhaps our regular Paediatric forum members will have some advice for you.

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Posted by: wills | 2010/01/18

My friend had the same problem, which made me bottlefeed expressed milk as well as give a formula feed at least every second day, for my baby to get used to it. I use Tommee Tippee bottles and teets. They say, it is the best bottles to alternate between breast and bottle. It might also help to let someone else try and feed your baby with a bottle while you are present, as it can be that she won' t take a feed from someone else. Good luck, I can imagine how frustrating it is.

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Posted by: Beth | 2010/01/14

My dear it' s bcos of the tity of the breast.He can differentiate between the two I had the same problem with my boy.Go find the softest tity u can find and stop breastfeeding at night so he can get used to the bottle.Gud luk

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Posted by: r | 2010/01/13

Maybe she doesnt like the bottles. Maybe find a bottle with a dummy that imitates the breast, there are so many products out there. Good luck!

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