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#1 of 13 Old 07-28-2006, 08:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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The little girl (2.5 months) that I'll be watching soon refuses all bottles. Her mommy has gotten every size and shape and brand on the market. She bought the boob shaped one. She's tried preemies and newborns, toddlers and all the different flow rates. She's given the bottle herself twice and it worked like a charm. Addison (the baby) won't take a bottle at all from her dad, and once took a bottle from her grandmother while mom was out at the grocery store. I went over and tried several different bottles, walked around the house, the yard, put her in a sling, put the bottle where my boob was, etc. Nothing. She played with the nipple, but would not latch on. She was a pretty good "lapper" so when I go over the next time, I'll take a cup and maybe a finger feeder. What else are we forgetting? This mom is not very "crunchy", otherwise, I'd offer to nurse the baby for her. Mom is only working part time. 1 four hour day and 2 eight hour days. I don't beleive a baby will starve itself, and I've told the mom about reverse cycling too. Thoughts? Suggestions? Stories?
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: LOL, well that was profound! I can't beleive I never thought of that!

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my babe is 4 months and still refuses all bottles... when we have too, she will finger feed but i wish i had someone to bf her because I can't go anywhere without her yet....
my lactation consultant told us to try a cup...
You mentioned every technique imaginable.
way to go on your efforts.
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I have heard that wrapping the bottle in an article of the mother's clothing helps--it might help you if the baby will take a bottle from the mom but not from you.
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Not too much experience with this, but I'd say either try a sippy cup, or maybe finger-feed her with a syringe, or tube, or something like that.

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Finger feed, cup or maybe syringe. MAYBE a sippy cup.... maybe spoon feed her just a little as needed? Maybe with one of those medicine spoons?

(you might offer to nurse kind of jokingly and see what mom says...)

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Is the baby content otherwise, or is she upset the whole time the mom is gone? I am just trying to figure out how to deal with my own baby won't take a bottle issue.

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My almost 6-month old would never get the hang of a bottle the couple of times we tried. (We gave up trying, since we didn't really have a "reason" for her to need one.) One weekend when she was 3 or so months, though, I did a workshop and daddy got her to take enough milk from a syringe to keep her content. Give that a try!
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Is it possible for mom to leave work and come nurse or you bring baby to her to nurse during the day a few times.
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Dh used a rubber-coated spoon to get bm in ds1 who would never take a bottle. We introduced a cup quite early too (4mo?), but the spoon was most successful early on. Yes, it is a sloooooow process. We also tried many nipples, bottles, etc. Dd didn't take a bottle either, but I was home with her until she was 8mo and she was well into cups by then. (The syringe idea sounds quicker than the spoon though.)

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If the baby gets really upset or something and wont take milk any other way, just nurse her and dont tell the mom. I know that sounds bad, but if you know you are healthy and the baby is hungry....I definately think it would be a heck of a lot less damaging to just give her a boob than to let her scream. But if the mom is only going to be gone a few hours at a time, the baby shouldnt starve. My dd wouldnt take a bottle either...she would spend 8 hours in daycare and not drink a drop, but she made up for it when I would have her. My 10 month old also refused the bottle up until recently, now she is fine with it. Babies are funny like that sometimes

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If the baby gets really upset or something and wont take milk any other way, just nurse her and dont tell the mom. I know that sounds bad, but if you know you are healthy and the baby is hungry....
I just couldn't not respond to this. I REALLY hope you are joking.

I would seriously hurt anyone who breastfed my baby and then on top of that "hid" it from me. It's one thing if both parties are okay with it, quite another the way you are suggesting it.

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