Q: My 5-month-old baby is breastfed and takes a bottle with pumped milk, however unexpectedly she’s refusing the bottle. What can I do?
My Baby Refuses the Bottle
A: Like many phases babies and children go through, this too shall pass. Declining the bottle is typical and not a problem, unless you turn it into a control problem in between you and your baby.
The best thing to do is continue with your routine feeding regimen, including offering your baby a bottle at the regular times. She may resist, but don’t become disappointed (she’ll notice your stress) or give up by nursing her. In some cases breastfed babies refuse to take a bottle from Mama since they understand she has something better. If this seems to be the case, ask your spouse or a grandparent to take over bottle feedings till the stage passes (you might have to leave the room, or even your house, for a while during these times). Have your partner or relative deal her the bottle by first letting a couple of drops of milk fall onto her lips and into her mouth so she recognizes the breast milk. Then stroke her lips with the nipple until she opens her mouth broad, as if to nurse. If she secures her mouth shut, don’t attempt to require the nipple in between her pursed lips– this is a battle you are ensured to lose.
You ought to likewise consider the bottle nipple you’re utilizing. At this age, babies have actually frequently become so proficient at breastfeeding and have actually established such a strong suck that they become annoyed with the newborn nipples they used to take voluntarily. Try changing to a nipple for babies 6 months and up.
If, after attempting whatever, your baby still staunchly chooses not to take a bottle from anybody, then don’t attempt to require her. Take the bottle away and provide it once again every half-hour till she consumes. Babies can be stubborn and she might hold out for an hour or more, once she gets hungry, she’ll take her bottle. If this is difficult to do, remind yourself that a healthy baby will not starve herself.