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EB 8 month old baby won't take any milk in nursery(12 Posts)
Hello, my 8 month old EB baby started nursery and is refusing to take a bottle completely there (started 2 months ago and seems otherwise settled). She's there full time from 8am to 7pm (I know.. long hours ... ) and breastfeeds a few times when she gets home and then at least 4 times during the night. She's good with solids and is finally drinking some water from a cup, but not much.
My question is, how worried should I be???
The nursery has tried everything but she just won't take the milk. I'm exhausted from all the night feeding but continue to do it worried that otherwise she would get no milk and/or dehydrate. Anyone has been in a similar situation?
Any other working mums of EB bottle refusing babies out there? This must be such a common issue but I can't find any support or shared experiences on this... Any mum out there that managed to overcome this issue? p.s. tried all bottles and cups in the market... thinking about getting one of those squishy spoons now... Think my nursery wants to kill me by now.... they're sympathetic but not very helpful and keeps saying she's fine... though they're not the ones waking up all night long.... anyone???
Did you not introduce a bottle before she started?
She will be fine with just water there and reverse cycling with her feeds with you. Knackering for you of course.
My DD was the same. In the end she just had water at nursery from a spouted cup (though I see you've tried various cups) and I accepted the extra feeds when she was home.
She used to have a really long nap at nursery and I kept her up later at night so that I got time with her.
My dd never took milk from any source but me. I went back to work when she was 7 months I think, shorter hours (7-3). My Mum could just about get her to take some expressed milk from a spoon but the childminder didn't have time with other mindees to look after. She did take water from a sippy cup and loved chewing cucumber stick and fruit so she stayed hydrated. But once we got home she basically fed for the whole evening and we co slept so most of the night too. I'm sorry i never fiund a solution, obviously the bigger they get the less reliant on milk they are. Having her in bed with me where she could basically help herself was the only way I got through it
My DD was the same and has never drunk cows milk or any milk since we weaned from BF at 15 months. She wouldn't drink expressed milk either. Instead at 9/10 months my DD reverse-cycled feeding at 7pm, 11pm, 4am and 7am. She drank only water ate nursery but ate yoghurt and cheese daily. By 15 months she dropped all the feeds and slept through the night. It was hard at the time, but she was also a very high maintenance baby and we just managed to keep going as long as she needed this. She is now a happy, healthy and high maintenance 8 year old!
I have a six month old who looks to be going down this route. I'll be back at work in 4 months, and it's actually heartening to know it's doable (knackering but doable) if she continues to refuse the bottle.
We had to put off me retuning to work as DS wouldn't drink from a bottle and wouldn't eat at 6 months. By 9 months it mattered less - he had fromage frais or banana at nursery when the other babies had milk and water in a free flow tippy cup, and then milk at home with me.
Ds2 did this, except he was at home with dh rather than at nursery. He also had a big feed morning and when I got home, and for a while fed through the night.
The night feeds calmed down as he got older and took more solids. He was fine hydration-wise during the day with water on demand.
Oh mine won't either, don't worry too much. My first started nursery at 7.5 months and never once took a bottle. My second is following in his footsteps.
I just make sure they shovel the food in. You say your DC can sip water from a cup - that's the main thing!
DS used to reverse cycle and feed a load at night, but thankfully DD seems able too feed a load before bed and then not bother me too much.
I bf my first for 12 months btw whilst back at work full time and plan to do the same this time, so don't think it needs to be the end of end!
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