I am back at work 2 days a week, and my 3 month old will not take a bottle. Have been googling non-stop, and feel like we have tried everything. What worked for your baby??
posted by dil.emma to human relations (21 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
We have been trying for weeks to get our (exclusively breastfed) 3 month old daughter to drink breastmilk from a bottle. She just pushes it out with her tongue and gets mad. I started back to work last week, two 8 hour days a week, and she has barely taken an ounce each time I am gone. She is hungry and screaming, which is really stressing me and her Dad out.
Dad stays home with her while I work, and has resorted to feeding her with a medicine syringe. She swallows some milk, but mostly spits it out. I have tasted the milk, and it is fine, I don't think there is a lipase or storage issue, as it is usually freshly pumped breastmilk.
Things we have tried:
* About 8 different bottles and teats (Nuk, Mam, Tomee Tippee, cheap store brands and a few others)
* Cold milk, room temp, heated
* Different positions in the house, and different ways of holding baby, including the swing, and walking/bouncing baby, taking her outside to distract her, trying in a dark, quiet room to reduce stimulation
* Soft spout sippy cup
* Formula in the bottle
* Having other people try to feed her (Nana, Aunt, Uncle)
* Having me feed her, and obviously since I am at work, me completely out of the house
Nothing so far has worked. Of the bottles we have tried, we have had the most success with the Nuk orthodontic, and Mam anti-colic bottles and teats. I just purchased latex Nuk teats, as the only pacifier she would tolerate for brief periods was latex (but we have not tried the paci in weeks), but the latex teats were met with as much reluctance as everything else.
I am considering purchasing the Breastflow bottle, as I have read a lot of success stories for it, but am leery of spending even more money on something she will probably immediately reject - she probably owns more bottles than the average bottlefed baby. Also, we are not sure if we should keep trying different bottles/teats, or just pick one and persevere.
She is a healthy weight, and I know she won't starve to death over 8 hours, but at the end of the day the baby, her dad and myself are just overwrought and exhausted. We are trying not to make it a battle, backing off when she gets upset and calming her down before trying again, but while I am at work eventually she is too hungry to calm easily.
If possible I would rather avoid commuting home on my lunchbreak, as it would add an extra hour at least to my day, and we also have a 4 year old who we need to focus on in the evening and get fed and in bed by a reasonable hour.
I am just hoping somebody here might suggest something that worked for their child, that we haven't tried yet and will magically work for ours.