Bottle-refusing EBF baby at nursery. When should I start panicking?

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6 month old DS has been going to nursery three half-days a week for about a month now. He is absolutely refusing to feed there - EBM from bottle or cup. He hasn't the slightest interest in solids either, so no chance of making up the milk-deficit that way. He'll be there for four hours outright refusing feeds in any form, where normally he'll feed hourly when he's at home with me, so he feeds like a demon when I pick him up. We practice at every opportunity with his bottles at home (refuses, although he did used to take them, albeit reluctantly - I have tried every strategy that MN and the rest of the Internet can throw up). I've bought the same cup that the nursery are trying with him. I'll be going back to work full time at the beginning of Feb, and am planning to very gradually increase his hours at nursery until then, but while he's on hunger strike, I obviously can't do that.

Has anyone else had a feed-refuser at nursery, and if so, how long did it take yours to finally feed??

nickelrocketgoBooooooom Sat 17-Nov-12 12:32:27

the tongue tie might help. you have to do little tongue moving exercises afterwards so it doesn't re-heal.

but yes, your BLW experiences sound totally normal. it's exactly what DD did! grin

nickelrocketgoBooooooom Sat 17-Nov-12 12:34:35

if he's clamping his mouth shut, hes telling you he doesn't want it.
just take it away and try again later.

even if you're spoonfeeding him you shouldn't be forcing it into a clamped shut mouth.

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