Bottle Refusal: Tips & Tricks
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TIPS FOR BOTTLE REFUSAL (in no particular order)
- Many babies are more sensitive to the temperature of milk – make sure the milk is at least room temp if not warmer (close to body temp)
- Try a slow flow nipple. If your baby is used to a fast flow or very efficient at breast, try a faster flow nipple.
Freeze breastmilk, let it thaw to slushie type consistency then
spoon feed it to the baby. Sometimes the new texture and temperature
will help overcome baby's refusal.
Freeze breastmilk in an ice cube tray, pop out one cube and put it
one of those mesh baby feeders and then give it to baby to
gnaw on. Baby won't actually get a ton of nutrition but it might make
parents feel better emotionally.
- Soak the bottle nipple in mother's milk so that the taste and smell of mother's milk is on the nipple.
Have her use a take-off from systematic desensitization technique:
Have a bottle with a tiny bit of water or breastmilk in it available for
baby to play with at all times. Take it in the bathtub, tuck it in the
carrier when baby is traveling, etc. (not as a source of food but to
become a familiar object.) Snuggle the bottle in with mom and baby when
mom is feeding at the breast (so baby starts to associate the bottle
with the comfort and happiness of breastfeeding) . When baby has had
time to adjust to the bottle in a happy context, use the under-the-arm
technique (look at this page on lowmilksupply. org:
http://www.lowmilks upply.org/ bottles.shtml
<http://www.lowmilks upply.org/ bottles.shtml> ) to feed baby only the
last little bit of a feeding when he's mostly full, sleepy and content.
The whole point of this idea is to change baby's associations regarding
the bottle from negative to positive.
- Finger Feed with syringe and tube – WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY!
- Try using a nipple shield while nursing
- Dream feed
- Bottle feed while bouncing baby on exercise ball
- Rule out high lipase. Learn more at http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milkstorage/lipase-expressedmilk/