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This is a tricky one and usually not easily resolved without some serious, persistent effort by you and your partner/grand mother/ or significant other person! Expect some crying and opposition from your wee boy and choose a day when you and those assisting you can give you plenty of time.
The first thing is using the right teat. I have found the "nuk" rubber latex anti colic 6-18mths size (if your baby boy is a strapping lad!) works well. Use 0- 6mths size if your baby has a small mouth. You can make the hole larger with a hot needle and hold the teat in the baby's mouth and gently squeeze the milk into his mouth as he is held firmly and quietly by someone other than yourself. Only offer him a small feed to begin with. You can always give him more milk once he is accepting the bottle . It also helps to have him lightly clad, wrap him and feed him while he is sleepy and for the person feeding him to stand and move their weight from one foot to the other in a dark or dimly lit room. Do not show any anxiety or stress. You might like to use quiet music or sing his favourite little nursery rhymes while the feed is in progress. Persist in holding the teat in his mouth even though he is protesting for 10 to 20 minutes. Do not breast feed him after this session. Put baby back to sleep rock or soothe him in his cot until he is calm and repeat the process every hour until he takes the teat. He will eventually get it. I usually suggest starting first thing in the morning when baby is hungry and in my experience by the afternoon he will be taking good feeds of expressed milk from the bottle.
Good Luck I hope these tips are of some help to you.
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Monday, 18 October 2010 1:36 a.m.
i have 3 1/2 mth old boy who is still breastfeed an have had to leave him with my mother a few times an was not keen on the bottle either. one of my friens sugested that i try tommee tippee closer to nature bottles/teats. they are also anit colic an come in a different size for their age. my son took to these very well. an i found he took them better when he was hungery an relaxed, an when it wasnt me that was feeding him.
hope this helps
Thursday, 16 September 2010 10:16 a.m.
My girl is 4 months now and I started her on a bottle when she was 2 months, I agree the NUK teet is the best, she is used to her bottle now but still prefers these. The first few times I tried her on a bottle i only offered about 40mls when she was sleepy though i held her in a position similar to how i did with breast feeding. After a couple of days she refused to have the breast again.
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