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I need my 11 week old daughter to take a bottle of EBM as I have to return to work a few hours a week. She simply refuses at the moment, I’ve tried different bottles and also had my mum and husband try to fed her as well. Would appreciate some helpful tips on how to get my baby to take a bottle. Thanks

Posted by Jodie, 18/08/13

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  • Hope some of the advice below helped.

  • did you end up having any luck?

  • Did you have luck with the bottle in the end?

  • We used the Avent bottles and never had a problem.

  • Good luck, mine wouldn’t take the bottle

  • You might have to find a teat that she likes

  • How did you end up going?

  • I have seen some bottle teats recently that are new to the market, they mimic the breast better than other bottle teats on the market. I cant remember the brand but a well known one.

  • What did you end up doing?

  • Good luck and hope by now she has taken the bottle

  • try leaving bub with someone while you go out for a couple of hours and see if she’ll take the bottle if you’re not there at all. You can stay close to home so you can get there asap if she becomes too distressed.

  • If u persist u will succeed. It jus takes time

  • I have heard of babies who don’t ever take a bottle, they are happy with breast. I think keep trying different bottles and teats. My sister in law used to work and leave her baby, and never would take a bottle, as soon as she arrived back, she feed him. Good luck.

  • this can be costly, you will need to experiment and see what is best for bub! avent were one of the more costly but worked a dream for my daughter. good luck

  • I had the same issue with my baby girl not long ago at that age. She is 6 1/2 months now and has at least 1 bottle a day.. I tired all different bottles, dad feeding her as well as my mum with no luck.

    Finally I was recommended the Pigeon slim neck bottle with the perstalitic teat (it is more like the breast nipple). I breast fed her first thing in the morning and after she woke from her first sleep I offered her the bottle for about 10 mins which she refused. I kept her busy until her next sleep which I knew she would not settle for, being hungry. I got her up and she took the bottle and drank the whole lot.

    I started using formula because I was sick of wasting expressed milk. Sometimes they get confused with expressed milk from a bottle as well.

    Once taking a bottle you should give at least 1 a day and then reintroduce the expressed milk as well.

    Good luck it is so frustrating.

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