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I'm new here - baby refusing bottle

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leafxx Sun 17-May-09 20:26:11

Hi everyone... I have been using another forum but recently it's not been as useful as it has in the past... so I hope you don't mind if I jump onboard here??

I have 1 daughter, Elise, and she's 13weeks old now. I was solely breastfeeding for the first couple of months but have been introducing more and more bottles, with the aim to stopping breastfeeding in a few weeks time. So she has been having bottles for at least 4 weeks now so I know she knows how to drink from them and BF too.... plus I know she likes the formula we use.

But last couple of days she's been fussing and getting agitated at tne bottles. She hasn't drank enough for these couple of days. I am topping up with boob sometimes but I don't think what she's getting from my breastfeeding is enough to make up for the amount she's missing out on... my milk supply has decreased as I've not been BF as much lately.

Why would she suddenly not want bottles? She seems ok generally, good mood, putting on weight, checked temperature all ok there, sleeping well etc etc

She is sucking her hand a LOT and putting anything she can grab in her mouth (at the mo thats just her bib or clothes thankfully)... does this mean anything?

Soz for long question but it's stressing me out a bit now!!

Thanks Lea xx

thisisyesterday Sun 17-May-09 20:28:52

sounds like she could be teething.
sometimes they do get fussy and don't want the bottle if their mouth hurts a bit.
woudl tie in with the sucking hands etc too

nannynz Sun 17-May-09 21:57:44

She may need the next teast size up. Or it could be just a stage so keep trying and it will pass.

BikeRunSki Sun 17-May-09 22:03:32

Have you tried Mam teats? They have worked in 4 out of 5 people I know who have had this problem.


leafxx Mon 18-May-09 08:31:04

Hi yes I'm already using Mam teats...
After the reply re teething I did some research and it sounds like its that. I didn't think it'd be that before as she's only just turned 3 mths, but apparently it can start this early.

Thanks for your help lea xx

beckynbump Mon 18-May-09 20:37:08

Oh I sympathise with you. I had the same idea of trying to use bottles with my milk with dd so i could go away for the weekend but then she hit 13 weeks old and from that point onwards she refused any form of bottle or milk (mine or formula). By about 14 weeks I gave up and breast fed her solely. I did try every bottle/teat under the sun and now have a wonderful collection of them!

I believe that at that age they start to become aware of what is around them and dd decided that she was not going to be fobbed off by anything other than me. (secretly felt pleased as I am not that keen on bottles anyway)

DD never did end up drinking formula, I fed her till 13 months then gradually exchanged breast milk for cows milk over the next couple of months. Still not using a bottle but amazingly enough she was very good at drinking from a cup from very early on. Good luck, but try not to get disheartened if it doesn't happen.

guetta Fri 26-Jun-09 14:30:41

Hi Lea,

My daughter is just starting to behave in the same way, she has just turned 13 weeks old and is drinking a lot less, sucking her hands, refusing the bottle and wanting the breast milk, (my milk has almost dried), I am worried about her as her nappies are not as wet as they used to be,

Could you tell me please how things went with your LO,


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