Babes who won't take bottles ...

My son refuses to take a bottle. We've tried over 10 different nipples and he just plain refuses them all.

Any advice for what we can do? I am going back to work when he's 9 months. He's only 3 1/2 now but just thinking long term.

I'm a little disappointed since this means zero sleepovers and no life for me until he's off the boob.

 23 Sep 2011 2:24 PM
 23 Apr 2009
The only thing that helped my dd was time. She refused the bottle until a few days ago, so almost 5 months. I`d keep trying.

 23 Sep 2011 2:28 PM
 6 Apr 2011
We went out last night for 4 1/2 hours. I had fed him before we left and he refused his bottle before bed so just went to sleep without it. I woke him up when we got home and just fed him but it would be nice not to have to worry if we want go out for a few hours.

I think we will try during the day when he's not tired and try every other day.

It's just frustrating especially since we have a wedding in a month that I'd like to enjoy (it's my brother).

 23 Sep 2011 2:29 PM
 25 Oct 2007
Time for us, too. Around 5.5 months I just kept giving her a bottle (the annoying part was the pumped milk that kept getting wasted!), and eventually she figured it out. Before she actually didn't know she was supposed to suck on it and she'd just bite it.

Also, by 9 months you might be able to bypass bottles altogether and just give milk in a sippy or regular cup.

 23 Sep 2011 3:02 PM
 28 May 2006
 Mount Real
Raving Lunatic
ODS was a bottle refuser.

What helped for us was introducing a sippy cup, which we did at 5.5-6 months. He would drink anything from the sippy, including BM. It was my life saver!

It's also what we sent to DC(he started when he was 10 months old). ODS has never actually drank from a bottle.

 23 Sep 2011 3:22 PM
 16 Dec 2005
 Ottawa, ON
Tell me about it! DS doesn't take a bottle and I have a wedding to go to in 2 weeks.. looks like we're taking him with us now. tongue Not exactly what I wanted but what can you do? He's taking a sippy now but won't drink enough for a full feeding yet. Hopefully in a few months we'll be able to get out for dates without babies again. In the grand scheme of things, it's really a short time, and I figure that one day I'll long for the days when he needed me 24/7. smile

 23 Sep 2011 4:15 PM
 12 Sep 2007
 Winnipeg, Manitoba
WB Postaholic
Time worked for us as well when it came to taking it from me anyways. She's taken them since Day 1 from other people. Now at 7 months she will take them from me even while sitting with me

 23 Sep 2011 7:21 PM
 28 Aug 2007
 Vancouver, BC
I know how frustrating this can be. My ODD refused the bottle for a few months. She took it ititially when I couldn't latch her and would pump but then after a few months she finally did latch and refused the bottle. We were pretty determined, so every after noon I pumped a few ounces and my DH tried giving it to her. It took about a month but eventually she took some. I just wanted her to take enough so that I could go out if need be.

Welcome DD #2 and same thing happens. We're still in the bottle boot camp phase though. Sometimes she'll take an ounce and others she won't. We're going to keep trying. I think eventually they will take it or will go onto a sippy cup.

Good luck! Oh and the bottles that my YDD is taking a bit from is the Platex drop-ins. ODD seemed to prefer the Dr. Browns. Good luck!

 23 Sep 2011 8:23 PM
 3 Jan 2010
 Ottawa, ON
Same thing around here. DS will take a bottle but only drink about 2oz and then decide he doesn't want it anymore! He used to drink the whole thing but has just started not to want it. I don't know what to do!! Keep trying though and hopefully he'll eventually take it.

 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
 30 Apr 2012
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