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Bottle rejection panic

  1. Kitkat

    apricot / 325 posts

    @LCTBQE: honestly, I decided on it because it was cheap and not a lot of parts to wash. He seemed to hate all bottles equally, so I figured sticking with one would limit the confusion.

    PS-apparently I didn’t start a thread on this, because I can’t find it...I must’ve just read a ton of old ones.


    nectarine / 2461 posts

    @ShootingStar: thank you, this is so reassuring, I always appreciate your posts yep, my son who is Lily's age would drink freaking *anything* from a bottle with vigor. so why was feeding her formula in the beginning a mistake? I thought I had tried everything but actually have not tried walking/bouncing while feeding her, so I will give that a shot tomorrow. and yeah, wish it wasn't the case, but I have much more success with the bottle than anyone else (NOT helpful, haha). what bottle did Lily like the best?

    @periwinklebee: I know, I know.. it's not cool. thanks for the moral support

    @bhbee: @LBee: @cam: yes, it seems like mood and the *exact . fucking. right. * hunger level are key here. god, where is the eye roll emoji on this thing. unfortunately when she gets too hungry, she becomes frantic (probably her genetic disposition coming from me, poor kid) and then just shuts down and absolutely refuses the bottle. or at least this is what has happened the few times I've left for the day--it goes downhill and gets worse and worse.

    @pachamama: yes, it does seem that way!! I'm super not into old wives tales and stuff, but in the HB threads and in all the other articles/threads I've read, girls are predominant for sure. weird.

    @DesertDreams88: yep, this makes total sense on the pumping. my son was never that into nursing, total bottle-monster, and after I returned to work I almost was EP with him. it was kind of a pain but nothing close to this shit


    nectarine / 2461 posts

    @Kitkat: hahaha on the equal opportunity hating. maybe you hallucinated the thread from being stressed out

  4. yerpie110

    nectarine / 2771 posts

    @LCTBQE: Dd2 has always loved doing whatever her big sis doing, from day 1, seriously! She showed signs of interest in food much earlier than Dd1 - she was always trying to steal dd1 snacks and I swear I caught her drooling a few times watching her sister eat. I was actually the one who broached it with the ped. She was a good eater from the start, and thankfully remains that way. Sidenote - dd2 never took a paci either. No fake nipples for her! You'll make it to the other side of this, too, and be able to help another mama someday in the future!

  5. Kitkat

    apricot / 325 posts

    @LCTBQE: lol probably! I will say though that once he got on board with bottles, he was not picky as which one he would take...and pretty much every transition since then has been a breeze - bottles to sippy/straw cups, breastmilk to whole milk, weaning, etc, so hopefully once you’re over this hurdle it’s smooth sailing!

  6. mrswin

    nectarine / 2433 posts

    @LCTBQE: Sorry you didn’t have any luck with the latex nipples - DD was not a fan of the silicone ones of any kinds and never really took a paci either.
    I thought of one more thing that made a difference which was going up to a to a level 2 nipple. I had a really over active let down so DD was used to milk just kind of flowing into her mouth without having to work for it too hard so when we initially tried bottles she was pissed that the flow was so slow/she had to work for her milk! Babies are very particular little beings!

  7. ShootingStar

    coconut / 8472 posts

    @LCTBQE: Aww thanks 😊. Feeding her formula from the bottle when 2.5m old was a mistake because she wasn’t used to it and hated the taste. So when I tried to feed her a bottle again she had a bad association with it and probably assumed it would taste bad.

  8. codeitall

    clementine / 873 posts

    @LCTBQE: She started taking sippy cups around 7 months, but it was a long process. Every day when I picked her up they'd tell me 'she drank a whole oz!' but it took her a few weeks to start drinking 3-4 oz.

    Honestly, she didn't do badly at daycare, she had a blast watching the other kids, had favorite toys and took naps well she just didn't like bottles haha


    nectarine / 2461 posts

    Update for anyone who cares/needs a success story on bottle refusal: after a LOT of me stressing out and effort and baby refusal and on and on, my little boo started daycare right after she turned 4 months and literally zero problems taking the bottle there from the first day. She drinks a lot less than my son (like 10~oz when he was drinking 16) but it's enough to keep her comfortable, and she's starting to take a little more. Such a relief !! Thank you for all the support and suggestions, it was so helpful.

  10. Jess1483

    nectarine / 2641 posts

    @LCTBQE: hooray!!

  11. Anagram

    eggplant / 11716 posts

    @LCTBQE: yay!

  12. LindsayInNY

    bananas / 9229 posts

    @LCTBQE: I’m in the same boat. DD2 is starting daycare on Monday and no interest in bottles or pacifiers. I’ll still be home so at least I can start with shorter days, if necessary and she’s not eating. Going to read over these comments though!

  13. LCTBQE

    nectarine / 2461 posts

    @LindsayInNY: ugh it's so stressful, sorry to hear you're going through it but you're clearly not alone from what I could tell there were basically three camps: 1) just had to find the right bottle/temperature, 2) babies didn't like it but figured it out once at daycare and got on board either entirely or well enough, and 3) babies who never got on board and moms had to move heaven and earth to get them fed. I am really hoping you're also in camp 2. Have you tried the Lansinoh mOmma or the Comotomo? those two seem to be the most commonly accepted by stubborn EBF babies, our girl uses Comotomo and likes her milk very very warm. Also want to encourage you about the pacis-- once our girl took to the bottle at daycare, our babysitter was able to get her to take a paci with no problem at all, whereas before she hated them. Now she loves them but doesn't have a crazy attachment, but such a good tool for putting her to sleep or when she's fussy--it would have made early days SO much easier if she had taken one back then. Anyway, never too late Let me know how it goes, I'm rooting for you guys.


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