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DS won't take expressed bottle. Help!!

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AnyFuckerWillDo Mon 28-Oct-13 22:48:32

For various reasons I would like my DS to be able to take an expressed bottle. My DD took an expressed bottle from 4 weeks without any bother.
Can anyone give me any tips, I've tried different times of the day, different brands of teat tommie tippee, avent, dr.brown. Different members of the family giving the bottle n nothing works. He just gets so upset n I have to go back to BF.
I adore BF and have no plans to stop until he's at least 6 months but the thought I'm not gonna get any help with feeding for the next 4/5 months is hmm.

fl0b0t Sun 17-Nov-13 00:13:36

We were told to choose one feed a day to show routine.

Liveinthepresent Thu 14-Nov-13 14:22:30

Hi islingtongirl yes I think that is the one - I haven't ordered a slower teat yet as not sure it is worth it

Interestingly as sausages says DH has had most success with cups so I may pursue that option first.

Does anyone have any advice on how often we should try and is he more or less likely to take it from me than DH?
I also read I think that he would be more likely to take it at night / after sleep - cant work out if this is worth the effort or whether he won't remember and still won't take it during the day.

sausages good to know the refusing isn't permanent.

sausagessausages Thu 14-Nov-13 14:13:07

I tried really hard with ds when he was a few months old. nothing. He did, however drink enough hopefully out of a little cup when I did my KIT days. I would try an open cup if none of the bottles are working, just make sure to have a bib/muslin handy!!

Weirdly though (especially given how much I used to worry) I randomly gave him a bottle a few weeks ago 'just to see' and he downed it. He is 8 months now.

Creamtea1 Thu 14-Nov-13 14:01:51

I tried the nuk again yesterday, no success - she had the teat in her mouth without crying but just screwed her face up and did nothing with it!
Only thing I haven't tried is breastflow bottles - they are expensive though and only on the Internet or some mothercare stores.

islingtongirl Thu 14-Nov-13 13:39:53

Watching with interest - living I am having the same problem with my 12 week old DD...just bought nuk bottle, first choice one with medium flow teat which it came with - is this the same as you got, and no success?

Liveinthepresent Thu 14-Nov-13 12:03:50

No success with NUK or Playtex here.
Starting to get really anxious as I have to leave DS with DH for KIT days at work in the next few weeks - which is hard enough without him not eating anything.
Where do I go from here - and does anyone know how often we need to keep trying?

AnyFuckerWillDo Mon 11-Nov-13 22:45:32

Thats the wide one so flow should be ok, maybe it's pooling because she hasnt quite got the knack of suckling it properly.

Liveinthepresent Mon 11-Nov-13 22:10:11

Thanks both - I am being really dim!!
I have this bottle -
It is latex but I think it's the wide one?
I am not sure the amazon wording is right as it seems the same on different bottles.
Have looked n NUK website but remain a bit baffled.

AnyFuckerWillDo Mon 11-Nov-13 21:15:42

Are you on the wide neck teat or the narrow one? The narrow 0-6 I've found just pours out of his mouth, the other is much better xx

Creamtea1 Mon 11-Nov-13 12:49:11

Hi liveinthepresent, you should try amazon for the latex teats - I think they also have them in mothercare if you have one near you. I know you can't get them in boots, tesco, sainsburys so don't bother looking there.
Other bottle I had some success with was a nuby one.

Liveinthepresent Sun 10-Nov-13 18:38:13

Ok any advice anyone.
Am panicking - we bought a NUK after reading this thread. DS took 2oz very happily as a night feed last night from DSis but won't have any of it today from DH.
DH says it is too fast - hence my other thread re teat sizes.
I have to leave him for a KIT day at work next week and don't know what to do next. Am feeling a bit helpless as obviously he is even less likely to take it from me than DH.
Does anyone know where I can get the smaller 'tea' teat ? Or do I try MAM or playtex instead.
If all else fails do we use a cup or something ??

Creamtea1 Fri 08-Nov-13 23:14:41

Hi AnyFucker (lol) - no had to call off the second attempt today as dd decided to projectile vom everywhere late this afternoon, just about round the time when I was going to get DH to try the decided not to traumatise her further! Rescheduled for tomorrow. She has actually been sleeping ok at night so still getting over the shock of that!

AnyFuckerWillDo Fri 08-Nov-13 22:12:49

Any luck cream tea?

I was going to get playtex too which were recommended....

Bought the 8oz NUK latex bottle and DS has refused it, it's thinner than the 4oz wide neck bottle.

joannalouise Fri 08-Nov-13 16:59:30

Having same problems with my 4 month old refusing bottle, left her for a few hours today to go to hairdressers and have lunch with a friend to find that she's gone 7 hours and took less than 1oz of ebm from a bottle. Will also be trying NUK bottles based on everyone's experience on here. HV has given me a doidy cup to try and have also been told breast flow bottles are quite successful too, so might order some of them as well as NUK. Feeling a bit down in the dumps about it as had to cancel going on a hen party tomorrow because of it! grin((

Babylonmoo Fri 08-Nov-13 10:13:17

We have the same issue. Baby is older though (16 weeks). Have tried TT, medella and Avent. Have ordered the NUK and will let you know.

NoisyBrain Thu 07-Nov-13 18:25:00

Sorry to hear it didn't go well. Hopefully a change of person will do the trick.

Creamtea1 Thu 07-Nov-13 08:48:08

Hi ladies, no success with the nuk for me BUT I had to give it myself as DH wasn't here so probably was a bad idea..will try again with DH later. Another BUT too...I don't know whether its a message to forget the bottle but dd slept 8.30 till 2.30 last night and then back down till 6.15 then down again till 7.45! I was in shock!

NoisyBrain Thu 07-Nov-13 04:03:22

We had another successful feed with the Nuk yesterday evening. Ds took 150 ml from my DP in two sittings, no fuss. He was smiling and gurgling away at him too in between, it was lovely.

It was the evening cluster feeding that drove me to try a bottle too. Ds still wants a bf less than 2 hours after his bottle but at least I've had a 3-4 hour break in the meantime.

fl0b0t Wed 06-Nov-13 23:00:26

So is everyone getting on with the nuk,? I was heavily advised to try the medula one which I have bought but he doesn't seem too keen after our first try today.

I agree with afwd-Yes bf is wonderful but if you have a fussy cluster feeder like I do (8 weeks old and spent the last three weeks cluster feeding all evening) you become desperate for a little freedom, and there's nothing wrong with that.

NoisyBrain Wed 06-Nov-13 00:35:05

Oops, hit post to soon. I was going to say that babies do like to keep us on our toes though and change the rules without telling us so I won't be complacent just yet!
I think the shape and hole position of the NUK teat is better for my ds, so it's possible the silicone one would be OK. I have some in the bottle pack I bought so we might try them further down the line.

Hope it goes well for you Creamtea andand here's to continued success for you AnyFucker (I like the user namename lol!)

NoisyBrain Wed 06-Nov-13 00:25:41

I really hope our LOs continue to be OK with this combo

AnyFuckerWillDo Tue 05-Nov-13 21:46:18

In a good while, maybe at 6 months when I'm weaning (he's only 8wks). My thinking is he have lots of foreign objects in his mouth then.

Mind you... I got so many different types of bottles / teat may keep having a try x

Creamtea1 Tue 05-Nov-13 21:19:40

Excellent noisy!!! I so hope it is as successful for me too! It hasn't arrived yet from amazon. Just a thought - if you continue to be ok with the latex teat are you going to try the silicone version as well? And same question to AnyFucker smile

AnyFuckerWillDo Tue 05-Nov-13 21:01:37


Congrats, it's huge isn't it. I've been expressing n giving DS every day now just so he gets and stays used to a teat.

I've been body pump tonight, it's great knowing I can leave the house n he won't be upset without me smile

NoisyBrain Tue 05-Nov-13 20:51:57

Oh. My. Word. DP has just tried DS with the NUK bottle and latex teat and he got into it straight away. He took around 3oz in half an hour, without a grumble. Not what the carton calls a 'full' feed for his weight, but this is huge progress smile

Here's hoping we continue in this vein.

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