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#1 Sakorsha


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Posted 24 February 2011 - 07:10 PM

Kiara will be 8.5 months when I got back to work full-time and so far we've had no luck with getting her to take a bottle. She is on solids, but not overly interested in them at the moment.

If she won't take formula is this ok? Will solids be enough for her over the day (approx 9 hours)? I will still be feeding her in the morning, prob when we get home and then before bed.

Also, what can I expect with my supply? I'll still be needing to feed her on the weekends but I'm wondering if my supply will drop too much for me to do this.

Anyone dealt with this issue before? What did you do? Any tips/advice?

ETA: We've tried various teats/sippy cups/etc and she just chews on them and gets the milk all over herself. We've also tried EBM with the same results.
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Posted 24 February 2011 - 07:45 PM

I don't have any advice sorry, but can you 'practice' the bottle with water etc?

My bub is almost 10 months old and he didn't take a bottle for ages. I almost cry when I think about how much EBM went down the gurgler whilst we tried biggrin.gif . I found once he got into the water stage, I'd offer that and he got better at taking a bottle, without the stress of wasting EBM/formula.

Sorry, not much help but perhaps just offering her bottles more often so she can get the hang of it?

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 09:10 PM

Hey Sakorsha smile.gif

You've probably already thought of this, but what about a regular cup? Or a straw top sippy? Magmag make a great straw cup. We just taught ruby to use a straw using banana smoothie wink.gif it was pretty motivating!

In terms of going that long without a milkfeed ... I guess I'd be worried about dehydration, since I guess that means she won't take water from a bottle or zippy either? Especially if she's not really into solids. Or she may reverse cycle and fast during the day, and want to feed all night - no good for a working mama!

Maybe your DC centre would have suggestions? I bet you're not the first person with this issue!
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Posted 24 February 2011 - 09:26 PM

I don't know if you saw my post recently about Eddie's bottle refusal? Once he's over his bug, we're going to start on a campaign, because otherwise all my work that I've accepted for the coming months is going to be impossible.

A friend sent me a link to his blog post about making his baby take a bottle when she was around 5 (she'd never managed to have one since). They gave her a good feed in the morning, then the mum went out, and he spent all day persevering with her, each feed she'd get a few gulps in and then protest mightily, and finally by the last feed of the day she had 1/2 a bottle. After that day, she resisted a little bit, but basically would gulp it down in the end, and very soon she was happily doing it.

It may not work for everyone, but I think we're going to try something similar.

Have you tried all the normal tricks like different positions to hold her, and wrapping the bottle in a piece of your worn clothing?
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Posted 25 February 2011 - 07:05 AM

Hattie refused (still does refuse) to take a bottle from me and it took daycare close to 3 months to get her to take a decent amount out of a bottle.

She just did not want to take it and for ages would only have about 30-40mls of EBM but did eventually take to it (until I changed her for formula and she started refusing it again rolleyes.gif ) They tried all sorts of tricks and we swapped teats a few times until we found the best one for her. She also took ages to get the hang of soilds so she'd have a morning feed at 7am, maybe 10-20ml of EBM in the morning and no soilds and that would be it until I fed her around 1-2pm. She surived but she's stubbon, winning the bottle battle was more important to her than eating wink.gif

Most other babies at daycare took to it much quicker though, she's just a fuss pot so you'll hopefully have more luck with Kiara. One mum can't get her son to take it at home but he happily has it at daycare. I actually stopped trying to get her to have the bottle at home and let daycare sort it out since I figured that was the environment she was going to drink it in so she might as well learn there.

Supply wise I was pumping so while I missed a feed in the morning (DC is in my building so I feed her in the afternoon), I'd express a feed after work instead. When she dropped an afternoon feed (the one straight after DC) my supply dropped enough that expressing became too hard but I don't have any dramas feeding her. She has dropped her morning bottle at DC but still gets that feed on weekends and I don't have any problems having enough milk.

Does she drink water? That will help keep her hydrated if she's not taking a bottle during the day. Another thing I did was feed her at DC when I picked her up if she's had a really bad day. It made the car ride home much easier and meant it was a bit further away from dinner so she's eat more if it.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:58 PM

I'm in such a different position now. I'm trying to think of ways to wean her off the bottle laugh.gif.

She loves her bottles now and uses them for comfort so despite the fact that I had planned on weaning her much earlier than 2yo, she's still on them. I'm not stressing too much as she's still eating well etc, but it will be nice to see the end of them.

And as for my BF supply back then, it didn't take long to disappear sad.gif. We stopped our BF'ing journey at 10.5 months which was earlier than I had wanted. But she didn't seem to mind.
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