I need tips on how to get my daughter to take a bottle, and how to stretch out her feedings!!?

My daughter is 18wks old and she refuses to take a bottle. I've tried the ventaires by platex,nuk by gerber,and elan evenflo bottles(it came with the pump). I've also tried to place b****t milk on the n****e. She plays around with the n****e and sometimes she'll take a couple of sips. Then she'll have a fit and start pushing the bottle out of her mouth. I'm trying to prepare her for daycare(in the event that I find a job soon). I'm also worried because I've gotten two conflicting requests from two doctors(in the same practice). One wants me to continue to feed her on que, and the other wants me to stretch her feedings out to atleast three hours (because she weighs 17lbs 1oz). Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do?

Asked By: mone'smom - 7/25/2007
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I had this problem too. Wait until your baby is very hungry. Do not feed her for at least 3 hrs. Then feed her breastmilk with a dropper. If she is hungry, she will take it. The next day, do it again. On the third day, put some drops of milk on the bottle n****e and see if she will suck it. Do not try to bottle... More
Answered By: Skip's Girl - 7/29/2007
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Answered By: sagigi_1 - 7/25/2007
some babies refuse a bottle from there mother. My niece did. When my sister tried to offer her a bottle she would refuse but her husband could. Maybe you could try it just leave the room and see how she does. I was always told to let babies eat when they're hungry. my son was a little chuncky but he gor slimmer as soon... More
Answered By: meresmith1015 - 7/25/2007
right now, i am trying to get my 15 week old son to take the bottle because i am going back to school at the end of next month. and we are having NO luck. we've tried all of the bottles too. the one we've had the most luck with is the playtex nurser (with the disposable bags). he sticks the n****e out with his tongue... More
Answered By: jezikah_leigh - 7/25/2007
What about giving her formula? Has the dr. suggested that? Maybe she doesnt want the breastmilk from the bottle....that could be the case.....I'm sure your pediatrician or even your obgyn has samples of formula you could try... More
Answered By: mrsjmpjedi - 7/25/2007
I'm sorry I can't help with the bottle problem, as mine were all the same, which meant I couldn't leave them until they were old enough to drink from a cup... More
Answered By: trinity20kau - 7/25/2007
Most babies won't take a bottle from mom, try leaving her with someone. But realistically she may not take one until she has to, and she may never take one you may have to have the daycare cupfeed her... More
Answered By: mystic_eye_cda - 7/25/2007
Here are a few suggestions. Have someone else give her the bottle. This way she will not by trying to latch on and getting frustrated. Also, try feeding her skin to skin. She is used to this close contact, and may feel more secure right next to you. This one may sound really weird, but it works. Try getting a silicone... More
Answered By: mommy12406 - 7/25/2007
Have you tried having someone else feed her the bottle, that's what we had to do - my daughter would not take a bottle from me, I couldn't even be in the room when my husband was feeding it to her. We tried different bottles and my daughter would only drink from the NUK one's, which you've mentioned your daughter didn'... More
Answered By: tracey - 7/25/2007
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