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how can i get my 3 month old on the bottle??

i've gone back to work full time and it's been tough with feeding her (abigail). she doesn't want anything but the boob! we're trying to get her on the bottle so while i'm at work my mom or sister can feed her without her throwing a fit! we've tried every nipple out there. the ones shaped like a nipple, the ones for colicky babies, the ones that feel like a nipple.. again, if it's out there, we've tried it! i've even bought a nipple guard for her to get used to the bottle nipple and she doesn't want anything to do with it! she will gag herself before she takes anything else! she won't even take a bottle with breast milk in it! HELP! i've tried karo syrup on the nipple, sugar water, you name it, again, i've tried it! i'm all out of ideas!

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Asked by MissAbigail24 at 11:28 PM on Nov. 24, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Are YOU the one giving them to her? More often than not, they won't take a bottle if Mom is even IN the house, let alone the one feeding her from the bottle. The boob is so much better!
    Your best bet is to have your mom or sister (or SO) feed her while you go run an errand, or meet a friend for lunch. She may have to be pretty hungry to take the bottle (DS was that way). Tell them to be prepared for a screaming baby before she finally relents. That's what DH had to go through when I went back to work. DS would get SO hungry, even though DH would try to feed him at the early cues. DS would try to hold out for the boob. Eventually he would get hungry enough to take the bottle. Have your mom or sister call you once the baby has been fed so you can go home. Do not go home until she has had the bottle.
    Try not to fret too much. This is a VERY common issue. The boob is warm and snuggly and smells like mommy!

    Answer by musicpisces at 11:35 PM on Nov. 24, 2010

  • My DS is the same way. She throws a fit at daycare but eventually she gets hungry enough for the bottle. I just use Avent bottles that are nothing like the boob and she is starting to take them just fine. Of course the minute we walk in the door from daycare she wants a boob in her mouth regardless if she just ate. Its a comfort thing on top of being a food source. Also try sleeping with the blanket they swaddle with or can lay across for the feedings, it may help if she can smell you! Good luck an don't forget to pump at work...laws now require employers to provide a place other than a bathroom and supply you with all the breaks you need as long as it has more than 50 employees!!

    Answer by andria82 at 11:43 PM on Nov. 24, 2010

  • We gave up on bottles. DD gets a sippy cup when I'm away. Started that at 3.5 months. She isn't happy about it, but she will get something to eat while I'm away.

    Answer by ecodani at 12:16 AM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • Try a sippy cup or open cup, even syringe feeding. My dd will not take a bottle at all no matter how hungry she is, but she takes a sippy just fine and has since she was 4 months old. She might not eat a full belly's worth at one go, but she would take an ounce at a time and until your LO gets used to it they can just offer 1 oz at a time until she''ll take more. Now at 10 months old she is finally taking enough from a sippy to get a full belly. Good luck!

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 1:01 AM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • First, please don't use Karo again. It carries a slight risk for botulism poisoning in infants. You can try a sippy cup, as suggested, or syringe feeds, or finger long are you away when you go to work? Is there a possibility of either you going to her to nurse during a lunch break, or of her being brought to you during a break to nurse? It's just an idea, one that many moms don't think of, and if you live close enough to your job, it could be a possibility.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 10:31 AM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • My son would go to a bottle, he started on a sippy cup at 4 months and he would only take breast milk cold in it. He nursed until he was 1 years old. If she doesn't drink much during your work time she will make up for it when you are home. Call home before you do your last pumping to she if she took a lot so you know how much to pump.

    Answer by pbilotti at 3:14 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

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