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kimtia

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Monday, May 4th 2009, 1:12am

Bells- Advice please

My SIL is breastfeeding, very well may I add.

We are trying to get her on the bottle, obviously expressed milk but she just won't take the bottle. My SIL wants to go out with friends for a meal but can't and Dad wants to get involved but can't .....we have tried:

Breast in and then bottle when she wasnt looking - no luck she can't be tricked.
New house so change of enviroment - no luck
I put her to sleep so she didn't see Mummy and I was there when she woke again no mummy and then bottle- no luck
Nipple shields to get used to the material and then bottle - no luck
She screams, we calm her and then try - no luck
We have let her cry for up to 20 mins - no luck
Tried when she wasn't hungry - no luck
Tried when she was starving - no luck
We have even hidden the bottle so she doesn't see it - no luck
Mum's tried - no luck
Dad's tried - no luck
I've tried - no luck

Its like she doesn't know what to do with it, then she realises takes a gulp and then screams. She just hates a bottle.

We really have tried everything - ANY suggestions!!

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Monday, May 4th 2009, 8:03am

Hi Kim

I have this problem with my lo, and all I want is to go have my hair done lol!!!

Sorry no advice at all but will be interested to see what replies you get

Good luck

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Monday, May 4th 2009, 8:09am

Found this for you ladies
http://www.breastfeeding-basics.com/html…g_bottles.shtml Not an FZ endorsed link and it talks about dummies for a bit, but the bottle feeding stuff in about halfway down. Hope it helps.





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Monday, May 4th 2009, 4:41pm

The link that MrsJ gave you has pretty much covered any advice I'd give. The one thing it doesn't mention is perseverance. It 'could' take a month of trying bottles every day before her baby finally accepts it. It would be useful and probably more effective if that became Dad's job and if he continued to try every day.

You don't say how old your sister's baby is, I assume she's over a month old as younger babies tend to take to bottles better. If the baby is over 4-5 months then I would suggest skipping the bottles altogether, sitting baby up and trying her with a cheap sippy cup. No valves or expensive gimmicks, just one of the ones with holes so that tiny amounts of liquid can come out without sucking. This would be to make the feeding experience as different as possible to breastfeeding. She obviously can't be kidded into thinking it's a breast so let her sit up, make it a game, remain smiley and see if you get her to have little drinks.





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Monday, May 4th 2009, 6:34pm

Thanks Bells.

Baby is 3 months old, Mum is going to leave it for another couple of weeks and try again.

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Monday, May 4th 2009, 6:42pm

Just thought i'd add this link:
http://www.breastflow.co.uk/ NOT FZ ENDORSED
Might be worth a try with these as the milk doesn't just flow out and has to 'let down'.

Probably wont make a difference though if the problem is that baby wont suck anything other than the nipple to start with!




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Monday, May 4th 2009, 7:16pm

Hi

I couldn't get my LO to take a bottle, we did try the bottles that Michelle mentioned, although she wouldn't drink from them, I think we came the closest we could to getting her to take a bottle, so they could be worth a try.

It's worth keep trying though, a friends baby intially took a bottle and then wouldn't, but went back to bottles eventually.

Good luck to your SIL

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Monday, May 4th 2009, 7:34pm

Three out of my group of friends had a mare with theirs taking bottles after breastfeeding. Those bottles were the only ones that worked for all 3 lo's ( after trying every other one on the market ). They're expensive though - I think they said about £12 in Mothercare.


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Monday, May 4th 2009, 9:00pm

My lo will use a sippy cup....for water and diluted juice, but not milk.

Might have a look at those bottles ready for our next attack when DP has time off work next month
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