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At what stage will a bottle be accepted ??

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newterritories Sat 07-Apr-18 22:06:24

Have been giving ds a bottle feed of expressed milk once a day since 4 weeks old.... I say a bottle feed but he barely takes any not even half an oz now
Once took 2oz but that seems to have been a one off-will he ever get the hang of it

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QueenofmyPrinces Sun 08-Apr-18 06:57:37

How old is he now?
Maybe you need to try more than once a day in order to get him used to it?

I breast fed my first son who never took a bottle and would only drink from a cup at 10 months old.

My current baby is 7.5 months old and hasn’t drank from a bottle despite me trying a few times a day, practically every day for the last 4-5 months.

pimlicolife Sun 08-Apr-18 07:03:26

My 8 month old never did.

Ullupullu Sun 08-Apr-18 07:06:26

My first born never did. With my second we started from 8 weeks, dad did all the bottles so no confusion or expectation of milk-from-mum. Baby took only very little for a couple of weeks and then boom, suddenly started taking a full feed. Just keep at it once a day, low pressure, eventually baby will should get it. And don't stop once established.

Happygolucky009 Sun 08-Apr-18 07:07:00

Find a longer squishy type teat, do it when he is sleepy and take yourself out of sight, be consistent and do it once as day and see how you get on 🙋

Lindorballs Sun 08-Apr-18 07:09:51

Things to try - is the milk warm enough? They are used to getting milk at pretty much body temp. Try different types of bottles - different teats can feel different to babies some are supposed to mimic breastfeeding better than others
Try getting different people to give the bottle. Sometimes dad’s have more success because they can smell milk on you and will root for the breast.
Timing can be key - you want him hungry enough to want feeding but not so hungry that he’s getting really upset and angry.
If it is important to you that he takes the bottle then I would say to be persistent trying different things. You may also feel it’s not worth the hassle and you can just progress him straight on to cups at a later date.

AddictiveCereal Sun 08-Apr-18 07:11:46

Some babies will easily switch to bottles and some are much more difficult to persuade. My DS2 refused a bottle until about 7 months.

Have you tried different brands of bottles? I got MAM bottles in the end and DS liked them - but he never took any others I tried like Avent, tomee tipee, Nuk etc.

Raines100 Sun 08-Apr-18 07:41:26

6 months for DD. I time did it so the switch from breast to bottle coincided with weaning. Worked for us!

Raines100 Sun 08-Apr-18 07:41:50


PotteringAlong Sun 08-Apr-18 08:09:12

Maybe never.

newterritories Sun 08-Apr-18 13:39:00

12 weeks

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newterritories Sun 08-Apr-18 13:41:17

We tried minbie and he could not get the hang of it
MAM seem to be the best by far but he’s just not that interested although doesn’t get upset
I may try the milk a bit warmer then perhaps it’s too cool

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Lazypuppy Mon 09-Apr-18 22:43:58

We started at 2 weeks and have never had an issue, baby switches between bottle and breast easy.

We use MAM bottles and teats.

cheshiremama89 Mon 09-Apr-18 22:51:17

My 9 weeks old DS will not take a bottle at all.

I'm almost at breaking point with it sad

KIT days start next month and returning to work in September.

- Different bottles/people/places/formula/breast milk

JJ82 Sun 15-Apr-18 20:35:03

Have you checked the taste of the milk? My first never drank more than a few mouthfuls from a bottle and I only realised after several months that it was because I had high lipase levels in my milk and it tasted horrible after being stored. He ended up having formula from a cup at nursery because the expressed milk put him off bottles forever!

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