breastfed baby refusing bottles :(



Breast is best so they say, well i am a believer of all the health benefits both breastfed babies and their mums gain through nursing however not much is widely discussed in areas of nipple and teat confusion/rejection.

I was under the care of wonderful midwives almost 6 months ago when i had my beautiful 2nd princess. I had already decided i was going to breastfeed and combine with formula but after much encouragement from midwives and health visitor who explained if i wanted my baby to enjoy the full benefits of breastfeeding i would have to do it exclusively. I only gave her formula whilst i was waiting for my milk to come properly during the first 3 days of her birth. i would nurse her and top up with cow and gate and when that run  out i topped her up with sma and she took all without any problems. Another reason why i had to top her up was she was slightly jaundiced so i was advised to feed her a lot in order to help flush it out of her system. ..but that is another story for another day.

When we arrived home from the hospital she only took 1 bottle and so for the past 5 months plus all she has been breastfed exclusively and it has been so easy as i have not ha to do any sterilising,washing bottles etc..i have not even even expressed as i am on maternity leave. Another good thing about nursing is that i have saved so much money as i have not purchased formula. It has really been a dream but for the past 2 months i have been thinking of introducing a couple of bottles per day to my baby so that i can be free to do other things as breastfeeding is becoming so time consuming and she is getting bigger i am feeling the strain more now as i am eating like a horse and drinking water like fish. I am constantly hungry and thirsty and on top of that i have to keep up with my 3 year old daughter who also needs my attention.

I tried giving 2nd princess  a bottle 4 weeks ago and she refused it. I planned it so well, I gave her aptamil first milk in a tommee tippee closer to nature bottle but unfortunately it did not go according to plan. She refused it and the more i tried to give her the more she cried. She would not even suckle she just bit the teat and whenever any milk touched her tongue she would gag. This young lady of mine is just too smart because she is quite happy to drink water from the same bottle.

The next day i tried giving her milk in her tommee tippee first cup as she really loves that cup and often uses it to sooth her gums when drinking water however she also refused the milk from it and gagged until she almost puked.  I went checked all over the web to see any useful tips and many mother and baby websites such as babycentre and la leche league mention its quite normal for a baby to refuse formula milk from mum as they already associate mum with breast milk and most importantly babies can smell mum/mum’s milk up to 15 feet away so its no wonder my princess is being fussy. To make things easier they suggest getting someone else to feed the baby. I did get my husband to feed her while i took my 3 year old to the park 1 week ago but she refused it and became impatient so in the end he called me to hurry home to feed her so my quality time at the park with 1st princess was cut short. I have spoken to other mums who recommend i try a different bottle and a different brand of milk so i shall give it and a go and by the Grace of God i am sure all will go well.  Do not get me wrong, i do not regret nursing my baby and i think it is a privilege as some mums are unable to breastfeed or simply do not get the opportunity to because of pressures to return to work so soon after giving birth however i feel if had the opportunity to rewind the situation i would definitely give her a bottle maybe 1 every other day just so she can be familiar with it but i cannot rewind so i will just enjoy the journey as God blesses me with wisdom so that i can find a solution.

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