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7 Month Old refusing bottle, dummy, food, syringe... EVERYTHING

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LollyPloppins Tue 07-Jan-20 18:35:46


I need help. I’m at my wits end with my 7 month old baby.

I’m a second time mum, had no problems at all with my eldest. Baby number two is very different. Despite doing everything the same way.

He’s 7 months old and refuses to take a bottle or dummy. I have tried every type of bottle and cup (at great expense), different times of day, different liquids (formula or expressed milk), different temperatures, tried other people doing it, car seat, high chair, warming the nipple, breast feeding and switching out. I just don’t know what to do.

He also refuses syringes (I’ve had to give him medicine with a previous chest infection and it’s hellish getting it into him), spoons too, he won’t eat anything and jams his mouth closed for everything including sweet and savoury. He doesn’t even like those strawberry wafers.

I’m supposed to be going back to work in seven weeks and am beside myself.

Worth noting he has a very small tongue tie, which doesn’t hinder his breast feeding but I do wonder if it effects his feeding.

Anyone in the same situation or have worked through anything similar?

Help me!

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JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 07-Jan-20 19:09:30

How is he with a cup OP?

My DS has tongue tie and really struggled with solids unless it was really moody purées. Does he like those?

LollyPloppins Tue 07-Jan-20 19:17:35

Hey @JiltedJohnsJulie, He doesn’t like cups either, have tried tommee tippee cups, doidy cup and a nuk cup so far.

I can’t get purées in, slams his mouth shut and if some goes in he cries and cries 😭

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JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 07-Jan-20 19:24:36

Sorry I meant smooth purées. Not really sure what moody purées are, well apart from your LOs face when you try and give them grin

I can't be much help as both of mine were bottle registers but there are sone good threads if you search the MN archive on bottle refusing.

I'd also talk to a BFC on one of the helplines. They should be able to help you come up with a return to work plan.

Have you though if talking to someone like Milk Matters or another Tongue Tue practitioner about his TT too? I know we were told ours was minimal but if affected DS eating solids until he was about one, he never slept and I mean for years and had speech therapy. None of which seemed very minimal to us.

dodecahedronandonandon Wed 08-Jan-20 09:34:17

I had a similar issue with one of my LOs. Sitting and sipping with them, so they saw me do it and after a couple of weeks started to copy, helped a lot. I also went through a ton of cups. The one that cracked it was the babycup 1st cup it's really small, which made sense when I saw her using it. Fingers crossed smile

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