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Help - trying to drop breastfeeds with a bottle refuser

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fruitandbarley Mon 17-Mar-14 11:15:22

I am going back to work soon and my daughter is 7.5 months old and ebf.
I was hoping to try and swap the daytime feeds for a bottle and keep on the bedtime feed but not having much luck.
She's always refused a bottle, apart from once when she was about 6 weeks and I'd managed to express a bit and she took it off my husband whilst I was shopping.
We are currently trying with just replacing the morning feed and my husband giving it her as he gets her up and does breakfast every morning but she's not interested. Then once he's gone to work she screams and scratches, sucks any bit of my exposed flesh and does everything to get down my top and is very upset until I give in.
Any advice anyone??

Chocolateteabag Thu 20-Mar-14 02:42:13

Try a sippy cup as she's older than 6 months? Or a Doidy cup

Tommy Tippee Closer to Nature seem to be the bottle which are best accepted (reading the threads on here when my DS2 wouldn't take one at 8 weeks) but at 7.5 months may be better to get her onto a cup and miss out bottle completely (you'd have to wean her off them eventually)

MoominsYonisAreScary Thu 20-Mar-14 02:56:07

Ive had the same thing although luckily not going back to work as hes 13 months now and the only thing he will take is a sippy cup.

He will not give up the first bf of the day either so ive had to try the cup after bf him first thing. It works better when im not around so maybe try one day when your other half is off and you can bf first thing then pass baby to him for the morning

FrumiousBandersnatch Thu 20-Mar-14 10:43:55

Will she take water from a sippy cup at mealtimes? I would ditch the bottle and focus your attentions on the cup - if recommend the nuk soft spout cup.

Are you giving ebm? If you're willing to try formula this may help, and you could buy a few cartons to see if she prefers one in particular.

JenniMoo Thu 20-Mar-14 10:48:57

I found both mine preferred straw cups. Superdrug do a cheapy one that's good for a try.

leedy Thu 20-Mar-14 12:29:52

Would you be able to express in work at all, at least for a while? If you could, then you wouldn't need to drop feeds beforehand while you're actually there with her, and then she could get used to the cup initially as something that she just gets in nursery/childminder/while mum's not there.

Also recommend the Nuk soft spout sippy.

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