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How to convince a bottle refuser to accept a bottle?

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UnfortunateUsername Thu 28-Aug-14 20:17:19

I'm going for a medical test tomorrow and will unfortunately need to take something that will mean that I shouldn't breastfeed for 24 hours after. Dh is currently attempting to convince our four month old to take a bottle and it's not going well.

Any advice on how we can convince him?

Philippalc Thu 28-Aug-14 21:28:41

This link discusses diagnostic testing and breastfeeding if you needed to double check the time interval as I'm sure 24 hrs will feel like a very long time for you both. Perhaps dad could try hiding the bottle in some clothing/towel etc and try to make it as much like a breast feed as possible. It may well go very smoothly when you are not there. An experienced bottle feeder can sometimes manage. Otherwise you could try a doidy cup, sippy cup etc (baby must be awake and alert). I bet other mothers will have more ideas for you.

UnfortunateUsername Thu 28-Aug-14 22:35:52

Wow thanks for that link! I'll show that to them tomorrow as it's the contrast for an mri that I had been told was the issue. I am dreading it especially as I'll be his sole carer most of the afternoon once the hospital test is finished. That article implies I should to able to bf straight after though which would be great.

DPotter Thu 28-Aug-14 22:51:54

DD was a bottle refuser so we used a spoon at first and then moved on to a sippy cup. worked like a dream - although I'm sure someone will tell me it was wrong................................

UnfortunateUsername Thu 28-Aug-14 22:57:09

I did pick up a sippy cup just in case. How long did the transition from spoon to cup take?

DPotter Sun 31-Aug-14 23:27:26

Sorry for not getting back to you.
Transistion from spoon to sippy cup was quick - it was more 'we'll try the spoon. OK that worked lets buy a sippy cup tomorrow' and off we go.
DD started on a standard sippy cup and then we moved on to one with a flange thing to slow down the rate of consumption.
Hope it works for you. It certainly made things a lot easier for us
Hope the medical test went well!

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