- Refusing bottles?
- March 17th, 2008
My son is almost six weeks old, and just over the past four days he's begun resisting taking breast milk from a bottle. We began giving him one bottle of expressed breast milk a day when he was four weeks old -- my husband gives it to him each morning, while I pump. He took to the bottle so easily at first.
Brief back story...the pediatrician had us give him supplements of formula at only four days, because he lost over 10% of his body weight w/in the first four days of life and he was jaundiced. My milk was delayed coming in, I was told it was probably because of the fact that I had a c-section. We were able to stop supplementing him w/ formula after a few days, and continued supplementing w/ expressed breast milk until he regained his birth weight at 2 weeks. At four weeks we reintroduced the bottle because I have to return to work at the end of April and we'd been warned to start offering bottles between 4 and 6 weeks, or he may not take them at all.
So, suddenly my son's been resisting bottles -- crying when it's offered, and even pushing it out w/ his tongue. I know he's hungry, he's rooting, and will eagerly take the breast when offered. So it's not that we're trying to feed him when he's not hungry.
My question is, has anyone else in this community encountered the same thing, and if so, how did you work through it? Is it worth buying a bunch of different bottles and nipples to see if there's one that he'd take (we're using Avent bottles currently, and have since we first had to offer supplemental formula or breast milk in his first week). Or should we keep offering the ones we have, in hopes that if we're consistent this phase will pass? Not offering bottles isn't an option, unfortunately. I have to go back to work. I don't want to, but have to. =(
Edited 3-19-08: I can't thank everyone enough for thier advice & support! I'm glad I found this community. I purchased some of the BreastFlow bottles yesterday afternoon, and my husband offered one to my son this morning while I hid in another room. He took that bottle without a fuss! I was so relieved I could have cried. Thank you all so much!