(Closed) introduced bottle, didn’t go well

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2561 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would continue to try the bottle for a few feedings, but you might need to try a different type of bottle if you continue to have trouble, also you might have someone else try to give him the bottle when you are not present, because sometimes babies get silly and don’t take the bottle from mom because they know they can do better (ie get the breast), but when that is their only option will take it just fine.

Post # 4
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I don’t have much advice on this but like the pp I have heard that sometimes a baby will take a bottle better from dad or someone other than mom because they don’t see any other choice. I’ve also heard good things about the Playtex Ventaire Wide bottles being good for babies that switch between bottle and breast. Good Luck!

Post # 5
801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

A lot of what I read said don’t wait to introduce a bottle until they are starving hungry and giving feed-me cues. Do it when they are content but could eat anyway.  Maybe an hour or hour and half after nursing try the bottle.  Also, have your husband or someone else give the bottle rather than you.  If you are doing it in the beginning they can smell the milk and know mom is warm and right there and that’s the milk they want rather than the bottle.  Make sure he is flanging his lips around the base of the nipple on the bottle much as he does when nursing.  It will take a few tries sometimes and whomever is giving the bottle may get frustrated but make sure he latches as similar as possible around the bottle as he would on you.  We were watching 16 and pregnant last night and I pointed out to my husband the baby feeding on the bottle and how different that baby holds/sucks on the nipple than a breastfed baby does.

I will say, we went through three different kinds of bottles before we found one that our little boy ate from well.  We ended up using the Born Free glass bottles (I’m sure the plastic would have worked fine too but I like glass better since it doesn’t absorb taste and smell).  We introduced a bottle to our LO at 6 weeks (one per day, usually the evening meal before bath so it wasn’t the last feeding before being put down for the night) and I haven’t had any trouble with his latch afterward.  We tried the Breastflow bottles, mimijumi, and finally Born Free.  Like I said, we personally had success with the last one.

In regard to pacifiers my guy was the same way – he wasn’t taking one, no way no how.  I had a friend recommend the MAM pacifiers to me and lo and behold, he will take that kind.  It’s similar to bottles, they will have a preference for what they suck on and how it feels in their mouth.

Post # 6
5110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

Keep trying they will take to it. It just takes so adjusting naturally. What kind of bottles do you have? There are some different ones that are supposed to feel and pull just like a breast. I will look at home and see what they are called the name is escaping me.

Post # 7
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We had a really hard time with this.  There are probably some threads around here that detail my experience.

Couple of things that worked (though she’s never really taken a bottle well… she prefers to drink from a glass).  1) MAM bottles and nipples.  She liked the shape and feel better 2) Going outside and distracting her while she takes the bottle. 3) Only having partner DG do the bottles.  She still won’t take one from me. 4) patience.  It took nearly a month before she’d even take an ounce or two.

This was a baby girl who knew exactly what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to tell us!

Post # 8
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We are using the Mimi Jumi Very Hungry bottles because they are so similar to the breast. My son takes them perfectly fine and I like them a lot because they are very easy to clean. We also had some Dr. Browns bottles and he hated them and behaved exactly the way your baby did. If you buy any of the Mimi Jumi’s, they offer 3 different flow rates for their nipples, so make sure you get the right one for your baby’s age.

Post # 10
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

I really suggest having your husband handle the bottle feedings.  You should be out of the room if not out of the house.  I nannied for a little girl for years in college and her mother used to always complain that she wouldn’t take a bottle.  But as soon as mom was gone the baby took the bottle from me NO PROBLEM.  Babies are unlikely to take a bottle from their mothers because they KNOW that there is a better option right there in front of them.

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