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Flossy78 Tue 09-Aug-11 05:20:29

My 14 week old DD is a serial bottle refuser. We were advised by midwives not to introduce a bottle until bf'ing was well established at around 6 weeks. We dutifully did this but it was too late! DD knew what she wanted and it wasn't a bottle. We've tried everything, different bottles, teats, positions, times, person feeding, etc. All to no avail. I've heard some babies never take a bottle but instead take milk from a sippy cup. I think DD may be too young to use one yet but would appreciate any advice on if, when & how we could try introducing one. Thanks grin)

shuckleberryfinn Tue 09-Aug-11 08:23:55

you can cup feed a newborn, I have. Recently, even though she takes bottles, I have cup fed her, she's about 18 weeks. There are you tube videos showing you how.

HarrietJones Tue 09-Aug-11 08:54:42

Dd3 refused bottles but used a doody cup from 4m. She's not great with it now(10m ) but that's more due to lack of practice.

kellieb7 Tue 09-Aug-11 20:16:01

My DD had a cup from birth as she had an iron supplement, and to start with a small cup was better (I used a medicine cup), I have now moved onto a doidy cup and DD (7.5 months) can independantly use it although it can sometimes get a little messy. Practice and consistentcy is the best bit of advice I can give you. Also if you do try now, try to ensure the LO is lapping the liquid (if that makes sense) as she don't want to be just pouring it in. HTH x

dreamfeeder Tue 09-Aug-11 20:21:24

HV's all talk rubbish. midwives in differnet areas of the country tell mums differet things about length of time before introducing a bottle. I was told wait for 2.5 weeks. My stepsister, in a different area, was given a bottle for her baby she fully intended (and did) to breastfeed the day he was born as he was early and small. My DD has never taken a bottle (now 11 months). She was ok with a doidy cup- then i stopped practicing so not so hot now, and after 6 months of patience uses a sippy cup, and can drink through a straw.
I'D TRY A SIPPY CUP- I was advised a free-flow one as its hard to drink through the non-spill ones by a fellow mum, but my DD has always been able to do either (if she fancied it...)

Flossy78 Thu 11-Aug-11 11:13:17

Thanks for all the advice guys. Will try all suggestions smile x

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