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tbg Wed 22-Jul-09 14:35:34

my daughter,almost 6 months is point blank refusing bottles and beakers. tried 6 sorts so far and tried ebm and formula and different people. was taking 1 bottle per day until 4 and a half months when got cold and then stopped. she will starve herself for up to 16 hrs. i am going back to work very reluctantly on monday 2 and a half days a week. any suggestions? getting desperate and tried clare byam-cook's book-does anyone have her contact details. thanks

tiktok Wed 22-Jul-09 17:07:07

www.nct.org.uk/info-centre/decisions/view-6

Some ideas on that link, tbg.

"Experiment with different teats. Sometimes softening the teat with boiling water helps (but allow it to cool before putting it in your baby’s mouth). Some babies will only accept a bottle when it is obviously not a breastfeed. You could try not heating the milk or holding your baby in a different position from the one you usually feed in. You could also ask another person, such as your partner or your childminder, to give the bottle. Your baby will not expect them to breastfeed and may be more willing to accept a bottle from them. Let your baby play with the bottle and try to avoid any fights! Once your baby starts to make a huge fuss, or to show distress, then forget about persuasion – just leave it for a few days and try again then. Or think about using a cup. Your baby may manage a cup far more easily – and a baby of five months or so onwards can practise holding their own spouted cup. If it’s formula she dislikes, she may prefer expressed breastmilk."

smudgersmum Sat 25-Jul-09 08:56:26

I'm having the same problem for the last month we've had a terrible battle trying to get ds to have bottle feeds during the day, tried different bottles,teats, making holes in the teats, my mum, my dh, everything and was really upset at having to go back to work - ds is 4 months ... yesterday I was lent a friends breastflow bottle by first years... and he had two full bottles with no fuss at all. I'm not sure if this is a fluke or not yet - so am going to try again today, saves buying one until i know for sure. everyone just kept telling me to stick with one and keep trying and it did seem to be getting there i have to admit, but with this bottle yesteday he was straight on and drank the lot! its very breast like!!

KingRolo Sat 25-Jul-09 09:02:56

You may have tried this already but if not it might be worth a go, I did find it worked well for my DD when she was refusing everything else.

Doidy cup

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