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“Hi MoM.┬áJust wondering if any mums out there have experience with bottle refusal? My baby is now 14 weeks old and I am getting very frustrated. I have tried all sorts of bottles, formula, expressed breast milk. Some days she will take about 100mls, other day she will flat out refuse. I think it is going to be a matter of consistency and persistence but just wondering if anyone else had some helpful insight.

Posted by anon, 19/5/2013

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  • Perseverance and persistence are the key words here. Bub will not starve herself, she will get hungry enough to eventually suck from the bottle. I hope you got it all sorted

  • If baby is breastfed and the breastfeeding mother tries to give the bottle they might refuse in preference for the boob, often helps if the breastfeeder is not home when the bottle is given or in another room

  • hope you got it solved

  • Persistence it key. My little one would only take the pigeon wide neck bottles and refused all others.

  • keep going dont give up ..

  • ok my friend told me that if you go long enough she will be so hungry that she will have to take the bottle. Haven’t tried this method myself but hope it goes well for u

  • I hope you have found something that bub has taken to.

  • Hope you got the advice you were looking for.

  • There is a new brand of teat out though I cant remember the brand, but it is supposed to be the closest to mimmicking the breast-might be pigeon, tommee Tippee or maybe Avent.

  • I hope that you have found something by now

  • I had a huge problem with bottle refusal, I swapped bottles from Avent to Closer to Nature and that seemed to help! Good luck :)

  • I would talk to your child health nurse or gp

  • Maybe try getting somebody else to feed her and see if she takes the bottle for someone else when you’re not in the room

  • Mine would not take a bottle with a normal nipple. I had to wean her from the breast at 7 months as we were going travelling overseas and I needed to be able to have someone else feed her for me. She flat out refused it all – then I tried a sippy cup (the NUK brand with the soft, clear spout) she just loved it. Haven’t looked back.

  • Ur right its persistence. If they r hungry they will hv to take it

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