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I've got an almost 6 week old baby who's been constantly on the boob (I really hope she starts spacing out these feedings). Well today my sister-in-law gave her a bottle while I pumped in another room. She was not happy with the bottle and cried almost the whole time. My SIL switched bottles (different brands) because she wouldn't take the first one. Then she just didn't seem to get it that she should suck. Eventually she took it down but had to be held for a while. I'm freaked out because I didn't have this problem with my first dd. Did I wait too long? Did I miss out on the window of offering a bottle?<br><br>
I nursed my older dd for 15 months and went back to work at 8 weeks. So you would think I know what to do but I feel like a newbie...
 

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My daughter was also resistant to bottles when I went back to work. Another BFing mommy at my daughter's daycare recommended the Breastflow bottles by The First Years (I think you can get them on Amazon.com or at a local Babies R Us) They are really neat because they have a double layer nipple that allows the baby to "nurse" the bottle instead of sucking like they do on a regular bottle. It is the ONLY bottle my DD will take and she never experienced any nipple confusion. They are a little more of a pain to wash because there are two nipples, but to me it is worth it. Hope that helps.
 

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We're kind of in the same boat...our DD refuses all bottles (well, all the BPA-free bottles and even a special Medela one from the hospital lactation consultants). Not quite as big a problem as OP's since I work at home. Our pediatrician warned us that if we didn't get her to take one before 3 months, she probably wouldn't. And here we are at 3 months, and despite trying daily since she was 6 weeks (when the ped said it would be a good time to start), this little girl just loves the breast! According to our pediatrician, the ideal window for introducing the bottle is 6 weeks to 3 months. She also suggested trying daily and giving a bottle daily to keep her in practice. For us, though, it didn't work.<br><br>
I'm trying to count myself lucky that she's so good at BFing...we haven't had any problems at all, other than a bit of oversupply. The only reason I wanted to try to get her to take a bottle of pumped milk was so that my mom could watch her for a few hours while we went to the Tom Waits concert this weekend. Oh, well. Anyone want a Tom Waits ticket?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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I'd try again tomorrow. Mine struggled with her first few bottles - she didn't fuss as much as yours, from the sounds of it, but she didn't seem to get it. She kept giving these "what's that for mom?" looks to DP. She still takes her time before she latches on to the bottle, but once she sorts things out she'll take it contentedly. She still likes the breast better (even though the breast tries to simultaneously crush, suffocate and drown her - I have enormous breasts and a fast let-down). She ok with the bottle though, she just needs extra cuddles after. I don't think I'd want to leave her with anyone who wouldn't do that for her, anyhow. DP gives her a daily bottle, and my mom gave her one last week.<br><br>
DD is 6.5 weeks old.
 
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