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Hi and thanks for listening. My daugter is about 7 weeks old and I am supposed to return to work in two weeks. She has been breastfed only. For about two weeks now my husband and I have tried to give her a bottle of my milk at least once a night--but she refuses it. I have tried EVERY bottle out there. She screams and cries. I think that we are tramatizing her!!! I am only going to be working 4 times a week, 4 hours a shift from 10PM-2AM so she only needs one feeding--but how? If I try to feed her from a cup, spoon or dropper she screams. Maybe I could nurse her and feed her some rice right before I leave and pray that she doesn't wake up to eat while I am gone? But she is SO little to have rice. I am lost on what to do. I have to go back to work, only for about 4 months to get caught up on bills. HELP! Any ideas would be VERY appreciated.
 

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Who is giving her the bottle, you or DH? You should really have DH do it since Mila associates you with the breast. Sounds like you are both doing it right now. That's the only advice I have since I'm still 5 or so weeks away from delivering my first. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> (Oh, and you are right. 7 weeks is WAY to early for rice...)<br><br>
Good Luck!!!!
 

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Here is a helpful link<br><a href="http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/bottle.html" target="_blank">www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/bottle.html</a><br><br>
Just a few suggestions:try having someone other than you offer the bottle,offer the milk warm,offer with baby facing out or in motion(such as walking,rocking,or in a bouncy seat),or offer a soft spout sippy.
 

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Try looking at<br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com</a><br>
they can answer just about any bf question!<br><br>
And you are right, that's way too early for the rice, she could choke.
 

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We had this problem too...<br><br>
Some quick ideas:<br><br>
try facing her out, rather than holding in a nursing position. if necessary, have dh walk around with her right before to "distract" her before putting the bottle in her mouth. try warming the nipple as well as the milk. you should not even be in the house while he's giving the bottle. if you dd uses a paci, see if you can find a nipple with a similar shape.<br><br>
good luck!
 

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We had this same problem with DS starting when he was about 7 weeks. I was going to say many of the same things that other people said, but I won't repeat. The truth is that I don't know which of the MANY things we tried actually did the trick, but DS is bottle feeding while I"m gone now. Here's one more trick we learned from a lactation consultant: put you finger in your baby's mouth to get her to suck (sorry I don't remember if you have a boy or a girl). Once she starts sucking, remove your finger and give her the bottle. She will probably suck. When she stops sucking and starts crying, try the finger again.<br><br>
Good luck!!<br><br>
Katie
 

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thanks every one for the good advice!!! I will be trying all weekend, I guess we will see what happens. : )
 

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Another option is to use a dental syringe. It's a syringe with a slim, flexible tube on the end. Let DD suck on a finger, slide the tube alongside the finger, and gently squirt in tiny amounts as she sucks.<br><br>
Our peds office gave us one, and it comes in handy because our DD is very particular about taking a bottle, as well.
 

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The only thing that I can add is this:<br>
I know you said that you tried all kinds of bottles but if you haven't given this one a try you might want to<br><a href="http://www.adiri.com/" target="_blank">www.adiri.com/</a> The adiri looks like a breast and I have personally known two women in your situation who the adiri work for.<br>
Best of luck!
 
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