If your baby is refusing his bottle, it could be to do with the milk or your baby. Once youвve worked out the reason, you should be able to help your baby enjoy his bottles again. Is the temperature of his milk right? Babies vary in how cold or warm they like their milk, with some preferring it
and others liking it at room temperature. Is the teat blocked? Test for this by turning the bottle upside down. It should drip quickly. Or it may be that your baby is ready for a teat with a larger hole and is getting frustrated. Is the formula out of date? Check the expiry date on the powder, and make sure it hasnвt been open for longer than the recommended time. Also check that the milk hasnвt acquired any smells from other things around the house, such as from perfume or onions. Is your baby unwell? Your baby may find it uncomfortable or painful to drink or eat if he has a, an or throat infection, or.
See your doctor if your think your baby has an that s putting him off his feed. Is he getting distracted during feeds? Even the TV or another child can be enough to take his mind off his bottle, so try to find a peaceful place to feed him. Is your baby too full for milk? If your baby has recently, it may be that heвs eating lots of and doesnвt have room for milk. Is he just uninterested? Your baby may be enjoying solid foods and has lost interest in milk. Donвt try to force your baby to take his bottle when heвs resisting. Try again later. Be assured that if he s thirsty, he will drink. If your baby s eating solids, it s best to give him his meal first, and then offer his milk half an hour later. If your baby still refuses, then give an extra course of something made with milk, such as cereal, yoghurt, rice pudding, custard, or a. At the end of the meal, see if your baby is thirsty by offering him a bottle or cup of cooled, boiled water.
Find out. I mentioned in yesterday that perhaps breastfeeding was going a little too well because Olive has been rejecting the bottle. Over the Christmas holiday, I exclusively breastfed her for 5 days, and when she was offered a bottle yesterday morning, she threw the biggest fit since she s been born! I d never seen actual tears roll down her face. It was pretty heartbreaking, and I had to nurse her to calm her down. You hear a lot about nipple confusion, and moms are advised not to introduce bottles too early until breastfeeding is well established, or baby may prefer the bottle over breast. I definitely think this is true for some moms, but I also know far more moms that have had the opposite problem they introduced a bottle too late and baby wanted nothing to do with it (it s suggested you introduce a bottle before 4 weeks of age).
I just never expected it to happen to me since Olive has had bottles continuously from birth! Once Olive rejected the bottle, I knew the first step to try was for me to not be in the room while someone else fed her. When she was offered a bottle at her next feeding, she was still very upset and I had to nurse her again. When she was offered a bottle at the feeding after that, she eventually took it with a little bit of coaxing and switching up positions. I then decided that we would bottle feed her in the daytime, and I would only nurse at night so she would know when to expect bottles. Up until that point, I had been taking a break in the middle of the day to nurse Olive. I nursed her the rest of the evening and last night, and this morning she was upset again when presented with a bottle, but since she s usually sleepy and relaxed in the mornings, she took that one with relatively little fussing.
I thought we were out of the woods, but I can hear her throwing another fit right now because she doesn t want her bottle (she did end up taking it). I m lucky that Olive didn t have a full out bottle rejection like some babies have. Some take weeks of trying different bottles and tips and tricks before they finally take a bottle some never take a bottle at all! Olive seems to be getting back on track with a little bit of crying and fussing. I think I m just going to have to be careful about not going as long as I did this past week without giving her a bottle. I don t mind breastfeeding her most of the time, but she has to be able to take a bottle or I can never be away from her for more than 3 hours at a time. I can t blame her for preferring breast over bottle though it s so warm, cozy and comforting! When did you first introduce a bottle to your baby? Did your baby ever reject the bottle?