Baby feeding help needed urgently!!

(6 Posts)
Mrsunders86 Tue 28-Jun-16 14:52:46

Hi,

I'm back at work in a week and a half and my little boy is breastfed and will not take a bottle/sippy cup or open cup of any description..he literally clamps his little mouth shut..if I do manage to get a teat in his mouth he gags really bad and won't suck. Also tried baby led weaning as I know he still will get the majority of his calories from milk but I figured at least if he was eating a little bit it would help..he puts food near his mouth and sometimes licks it but that's as far as we can get. Tried puréed food on a spoon, clamps his mouth shut. Ive tried different people feeding him, I've tried giving him the spoon, letting him hold the cup, all sorts. I haven't got a clue what to do..I'll be dropping him at nursery at 8am and picking him up at 5.30 so I desperately need a solution as I can't leave him knowing he won't eat or drink any milk for the whole day. I asked my gp and he just said withhold the boob, he won't starve himself (not easy when you've got a screaming hungry baby!) any suggestions at all?? I'm in a panic! He is 6.5 months thanks

Dixiechick17 Tue 28-Jun-16 15:07:11

When my DD went to nursery at six months she refused the bottle all day, I breastfed her before nursery and as soon as I picked her up, I then offered a bottle on every feed, it took about six weeks but she finally took it. Every baby is different though,have you tried a doidy cup at all? Also are you offering formula or expressed milk? I had to mix both together initially, 70%bm 30% formula.

Dixiechick17 Tue 28-Jun-16 15:08:23

Her eating also improved at nursery as sr would see the other babies eating.

IamChipmunk Fri 01-Jul-16 06:13:44

My ds was ebf and a bottle refuse he went full time to nursery at 7 months. I expressed milk and it took him 3 days to decide he would have a bottle.

I would try that first before considering 'withholding'

I continued to bf at other times when he was with me.

Also you might find his eating picks up a bit once he goes, as PP have said.

Flossiesmummy Fri 01-Jul-16 06:19:50

I tried getting my Dd all snuggled up on me, skin to skin but with bra on. When she started asking/rooting for milk, then I'd try and pop the bottle in her mouth. Mixed success to be honest, but it was the only thing that semi-worked in the beginning.

PurpleCrazyHorse Fri 01-Jul-16 06:23:32

DS is 1 yo and also won't suck on a beaker/cup. At a bit of a loss as we're running a kid's camp in a few weeks and he'll be being looked after for a couple of sessions a day.

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