Post # 1
My daughter is 9 months old and she is a little madam. She has always been Formula fed but has never been a great feeder.
The past few weeks im starting to get really stressed out at bottle time. She fights them like crazy. She will not let me hold her to feed her but will not drink a bottle sitting up and point blankly refuses to hold her own.
I have tried cups, beakers, different teats to no avail.
She is only consuming around 10oz a day if that. I have tried reducing the amount of solids she has but she still will not drink formula.
I have tried giving a small amount of cows milk but she wont drink this either.
Should i give a vitamin supplement now shes not drinking any where near enough.
She will eat yoghurt, cheese and i do make up her cereals with formula or whole milk but shes doesnt eat a huge quantity of solids either. She is only in the 20th percentile for weight anyway so i worry about her losing weight.
Should i not worry so much and just increase her solids as i suppose that is the goal anyway by 12 months.
Post # 3
@ChocolateLime: *waves* Hi fellow April mama! Sorry she’s giving you such a fit about eating :/
We only switched to formula in the past month and a half or so, so I don’t have any specific advice. Should you maybe ask your pediatrician? I’m sure she’s not the first kiddo they’ve ever seen who has done this, they may have better suggestions for you.
I do have my own 9 month old rant though…
Will someone, ANYONE, please tell my Tiny Tyrant to SLEEP THROUGH THE FRIGGIN NIGHT AGAIN? Where, oh where, did my great sleeper go? 4am does NOT mean party time. I know she’s been getting teeth, but FOR REALZ GO BACK TO SLEEEEEEEP!
Post # 4
@DaneLady: Hiiii *waves back*
Thats that 9 month sleep regression kicking in for her i would have thought. We seem to be coming to the end of it now thank goodness!
Its so frustrating. It feels like i am constantly calling the health visitor lately but its worrying. Health Visitors here are a bit hit and miss really. Might take her to be weighed to see if shes fallen off her percentile line. I resorted to spoon feeding her formula this afternoon. Was a nightmare but at least she took in some nutrients.
I wish she would learn to hold her own bottle or something as i think its the being held thing she doesnt like.
I know the aim is to get them to give up bottles so maybe is houl persevere with cups instead and relax a little on the bottle feedings.
Sheesh and your about to do it all again!!
Post # 5
I only breastfeed my now 18 mo, but I’ve often heard about stuff like that. The most common advice was to offer formula while baby was relaxed and calm, like before a nap, or right after she wakes from a nap, when she wakes in the morning, before night of even in her bath! Whatever works haha.
Also, have you tried letting her lie down and you hold the bottle for her, without holding her?
Lastly, maybe she’d like a bottle change? I know they do some different type that you can use starting at 9 mo. Here are some link so that you can see what I’m talking about :
Post # 6
@nousdeux: Thank you. We do have a few different types of bottles with hard and silicone spouts but she will only drink water from them. As soon as i offer milk or formula she puts up a fight.
Havent tried feeding her in the bath so will try that. Have tried feeding after a nap, before a nap, before food, after food but nope.
I try to have her lay in my lap so im not holding her and tried today propped on the floor with a pillow under her head but she just wants to roll about and burys her face in my lap. I just think shes doesnt like formula any more
Post # 7
Have you talked to your Pediatrician about it? Unfortunately I don’t have any advice, but good luck.
Post # 8
@ChocolateLime: @DaneLady: April mamas!
H needs to sleep through the damn night, too, but he’s never been a good sleeper. So it’s situation normal here. :-/
So, regarding the formula intake…have you tried a straw cup? Some babies don’t do well with sippies, but will take a straw cup.
Post # 9
@ChocolateLime: I see. Here where I livr, at 9 mo you can switch a baby to 3.25% regular milk, as long as baby eats a variety of food. If you’re feeling good about that, maybe you could try it. I did introduce 3.25% milk around 9 mo, and gave it to him cold instead of warm, it went pretty well.
Hope this helps!
Post # 10
@nousdeux: Yes i think i am going to try and introduce whole milk. I know most babies seem to prefer whole milk to formula as its more creamy, however my DD suffers from reflux so is on a special thick formula already and normal milk seems very watery to her i guess.
I will certainly try a straw cup. My boss mentioned this to me last night funnily enough. i have a pack of straws in the cupboard so will see if she can suck through one of those before i go and buy one.
Post # 11
My little man, who is 9 months old right now, stopped using a bottle during the day around 5/6 months. He started using a straw sippy cup because he was so nosy and knew a bottle would put him to sleep….maybe try a straw? I don’t know…I’m sorry mama! I hope it gets better for you!
Post # 12
@ChocolateLime: the straw cups for babes are a lot easier than real straws. My guy could drink from one of those months before a real straw (he is now 14 months). Also, grab a couple different straw cups, and try them yourself. Some are much harder than others.
My little guy had the opposite problem, and only wanted to bf instead of eating solids. He fell off the weight charts, but is doing better now. Sorry I have no advice. Except, could you try a temperature change? My guy only likes whole milk lukewarm. just a thought.
Post # 13
@ChocolateLime: See if you can find Lollacups. The straw is weighted at the bottom. They’re pretty cool.