BOTTLE TO BREASTFED BABY
My son just turned 5 months old. I am breastfeeding, however,
I have been trying for weeks to get him to take a bottle of my
breast milk. I have tried three different nipples hoping he would
take one. No such luck. I have had others try to give him the
bottle with no success. How can I get my 5 month old to now take
Getting an older baby to take a bottle can be challenging. Babies
often get pretty set in their ways after the early weeks of nursing,
and may decide that milk is supposed to come out of breasts, not
bottles, and they just won't accept a substitute for the real
Will he take
juice from a bottle? Some babies will accept juice but not milk,
and if he will, then you can try adding a tiny bit of milk to
the juice (maybe 1 tsp to an ounce of juice) and then gradually
increase the amount of milk until he learns to accept the taste.
Are you in
a situation where he absolutely has to take supplemental feedings
regularly? For example, are you returning to work or going on
a trip without him? If not, then that kind of takes the pressure
off a little bit.
Bottles and Pacifiers to a Breastfed Baby" may have some tips
on getting him to take a bottle, but at this age, you might have
more luck at offering him a cup. Many babies this age are very
interested in cup feeding, and are more likely to accept it than
a bottle because they associate sucking with breastfeeding, but
not cup feeding. I would try offering him breastmilk in a cup,
and if he refuses that too, I would try the juice trick.
and patience, I'm sure you'll get him to accept supplemental feedings
of milk from someone other than you. It sounds like he is a smart
young man who knows what he wants, and isn't willing to settle
for anything else, (you really can't blame him for figuring out
that "breast is best"!) but I'm sure he'll come around eventually.
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