Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Two Months and Advice Needed

Today Westin is two months old! He had his 2 month shots today and it was not as bad as I thought it would be. Of course I cried before, during and after but he only cried about 30 seconds. Poor baby!! It is just so sad they have to have those. :) He has been sleeping pretty much all afternoon. Everything else was great and he now weighs 10lbs 12oz. My baby is getting big!

Here are some pictures from the past week. Last night we had Fam Night at our house and Westin was worn out. He fell right to sleep on Jason's shoulder.


Zach wanted to hold Westin. I love Zach's "cheeeeeeeeeeese!!!!" face.

He has been really smiling a lot lately. Even though I try, I realize I will not be able to capture each one on film. :)

CJ, Cody's friend, put together Westin's exersaucer. It is for Westin's older friends who come to visit. :) Cody thought he should be the first to sit in it though. Haha

Last Sunday was his first time to go to church! We were going to wait until he got his shots but he is getting dedicated this coming Sunday and we thought we needed a trial run. :) He did great! Cody had to take him out about half way through because he was getting a little fussy.

This is one of my favorite outfits so I snapped a few pics of him in it.

This one cracks me up because even though he is sliding down, he still cannot take his eyes off the fan. Haha

Okay, I need your help!! Remember how I said he took a bottle perfectly at 4 weeks old? Well, I guess I just thought he liked it so we didn't try again until 7 weeks and he fought us the whole time. He eventually took half of it but I had to nurse him afterwards. We have tried 4 different bottles (Born Free, Avent, Evenflo and Medela) and he just screams the whole time and will not take it. I still want to nurse him primarily but it would be nice to be able to leave him once in awhile for longer than 2.5 hours. Do any of you have any advice for me? Thank you!!

77 comments:

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Awe, he is so cute!

Sarah Robbins said...

My girlfriend's little one was the same way- BUT, she would drink from a sippy type cup? It took a lot longer, but she would drink that way. Hey, it is great that you are not having problems nursing, though! That's a huge blessing!

Melissa said...

*First time commenter, long time reader. :) Nice to "meet" you!


This doesn't sound to me like nipple confusion. It sounds more like he might have negative associations with bottles. Maybe he gets gassier/fussier when he's fed with a bottle, or perhaps he doesn't like how he's held when he takes a bottle. You might try having whomever feeds him hold him the same way you do when you nurse. It might also be that he will not take a bottle with you anywhere near him. If he can smell, see, or hear you he is probably less likely to take a bottle over the "real thing." That was the case with my son. Good luck and keep up posted! I love mommy posts!

Nichole said...

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3934805 These are the bottles that we are using for our new little one... they look a little more like the real thing and so I hope switching back an forward will be easy. I went to a breastfeeding and pumping class at my hospital and they said that mom shoud not be involved in the bottle feedings because the baby doesn't understand why mom is not nursing. They should know you for nursing and you should leave the room when someone else gives the bottle. Also, they said that if you plan to nurse you should always (no matter what age the baby is) use the stage one nipple so that the baby has to work for the milk like when they nurse. Otherwise the milk comes out too easily and they get lazy. You can contact local laeche women for help. There may be more help on their website. http://www.llli.org/ good luck! (I am getting ready to "practice" the bottle so I can go back to work in a few weeks) :-(

julie & joe said...

Many companies have a bottle that is similar to breast feeding http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=535825&parentCategoryId=85181&categoryId=85208. I recommend to mom's who are trying to adjust their child to bring to my child care programs that they practice with this type of bottle once a day so their child is able to take a bottle when they need to. Most mom's have dad try the bottle feeding because dad or another caregiver is most likely to use the bottle.

Ruth said...

Oh, that's is a tough one. I have nursed our 5 girls. Our two year old did something similar and unfortunately we never did get her to take a bottle. Our pediatrician said sometimes baby's just want the real thing. He advised us if we had to leave her for a longer period to nurse really well before hand and immediately on return....we never left for to long, but she didn't starve.

Sassy In The South said...

Westin is such a doll!!!

Kimberly said...

Shannon - he has gotten so big! you look great!

Bananas and Damask Interiors said...

Hi Shannon,

He's precious. As a mother of two, I used the Avent bottles, but I used them with the wide nipple tops. They make normal ones and wide ones, the wider ones being specifically for nursed babies. There are also different flow speeds (If you have a bigger sized bottle, it is probably a faster flow).
He will probably take a bottle from anyone else quicker than from you. You may even have to be out of the room.
If you really want to make this work, you'll need to keep practicing. He's at the age that he may try to have a big opinion about this and be stubborn. I would try to give him a bottle feeding 1 time every other day until he's fine with it and then keep it up once a week to "maintain."
Some babies don't like breast milk from the bottle, but will take formula from the bottle. Enfamil (yellow can) makes one that is very good...especially if you only leave occasionally.

I'm sure you're a great mommy. Blessings on your sweet family!

Anna

Annie said...

Oh, Shannon! He is such a doll! SO precious!

Some advice on the bottle- try a bottle before he is REALLY hungry... when it's time to eat, (my babies were every 2 hours on the dot) they WANT TO EAT RIGHT THEN! Any change messes them up and frustrates them, so try a bottle about 30 minutes before his next 'meal-time' and since he wont be starving, he can take his time and get used to it... just keep trying, he will get used to it...That's all I've got... :)
Good Luck!!!

Karen said...

He is such a little doll:) I think he might just not take a bottle with you around. He knows you are there and prefers it right from the tap:) Good luck, I had one of "those":)

Caitlin said...

Hi! I've been following your blog for a few weeks now and your baby is so sweet! I love his name too!

I had the same problem with my baby. He HATED the bottle. I solely breastfed him for 12 weeks, but he had to go to daycare after that. I tried every bottle imaginable but he hated all of them. Then we tried these bottle from Burlington Coat Factory (that's the ONLY place I have seen them.) They are called breastflow and they are by the brand "The first years." He loved it! I would highly recommend them,

Also, my lactation consultant told me that the baby will hardly ever take a bottle from his mother, because he knows her smell, and knows that she's there, so he knows he doesn't have to take the bottle and he can have the "real thing." I would leave for work and Cohen would take a bottle for his daddy. Sometimes they had to walk outside for a little bit to get away from the mommy smell. Once he went to daycare, he still fought the bottle sometimes but after a few days he was totally fine. It does get frustrating sometimes because as moms we need a break but we feel like we can't leave because we don't want our babies to starve! Good luck and I hope you find a bottle Westin will love!

Felicia said...

I had the same bottle problem with my first, so with #2 I tried to give him a bottle every few days so he would stay used to both the bottle and nursing. It worked, but I thought it was a huge pain to do both (still pumping to keep up my milk supply). With #3 I ended up just nursing only because it was easier.

Good luck!

Andrea said...

We've used Dr. Browns bottles and never had an issue with her going back and forth from breast to bottle. Maybe try those. Hope that helps!

Caitlin said...

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here is the link for those bottles

Alex and Jill said...

Well I'm happy to hear I'm not the only one that cries at shot-time. :) That baby boy of yours is SO CUTE!! I love the pics.

Amelia breastfed and took bottles without a problem. We use the classic playtex bottles with drop-in liners. Love them and they are easy to clean. Good luck! :)

Jennifer Lynette said...

I had to go to a lactation specialist because I couldn't breastfeed. she told me to use Breastflow bottle by The First Years - it's the most like the breast & encourages the same position of their mouth & tongue. It's patented. =)

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3393698

Westin is so adorable! I love looking at his pictures

Amanda McLemore said...

I've never commented, but have been reading for a long time. I just couldn't resist trying to help another new mommy in need.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Tommee Tippee bottles. My baby girl is 5 months and gets bottles on occasion...she takes these ones like a champ.

Good Luck!

Shelby said...

Keep giving it to him a few times a week.. it will be worth it in the long run. I don't think the bottle type matters all that much.

Jessica said...

Not sure if he gets a binky. But if he uses a Nuk binky they make a nuk bottle. My son took to those bottle quicker because the nipples are the same as the ones from his pacifier. A lot of the different binky brands make bottles too!

Meredith said...

I almost entirely nursed my son (and still do before bed...he'll be 2 in a couple months). The only type of bottle we ever tried was Dr. Brown's, and we never had any problems. The design is one of the best for not causing gas. This is a no-brainer but easy to forget about: are you using the right size/age nipple (0-3 mo)?

Gwen Toliver said...

Honestly, I would just stick with nursing! (I've nursed all 7 of our babies exclusively and it was well worth it) Especially if that's what he prefers - trust me - he'll start to go longer than 2.5 hrs very soon. In my mind nursing is much more convenient and so very sweet.

Missy in Texas said...

It is pretty common for breast fed babies. All three of mine did the same, initially would take the occasional bottle and then eventually they figured out that "Mommy" was a lot better! I tried every bottle nipple to no avail.
Wish I had some better advice to you. Good luck.. and your son is a cutie patootie!

Katie said...

He is so precious! Bless his heart! Look at that sweet smile.

As for the bottle thing...Amelia never had a bit of trouble...but now, Jack...well it took him a while to like bottles. I think it's a boy thing, haha! Those boys love their mommas. That's what a lot of my other mommy friends have told me. I bet it's nothing to do really with the bottle or nipple, probably just that it's not YOU. We did find that Jack Jack preferred the brown nipples as opposed to the silicone ones...they kinda have that skin-like feeling, less plastic-y...just a theory. I think if you just keep offering him a bottle here and there, I think he will catch on. When you (or whoever) feeds him the bottle, maybe try walking around or moving just a little bit (rocking even?) as a super-slight distraction while he is sucking a bottle. Good luck! :o) Can't wait to see his dedication pictures! (TAKE LOTS! hehe) Kisses to Baby W!!

Sheaffer, Chris, Scout, and baby Carter said...

I had the same problem with my little fella...but he ended up taking Nuk bottles like a champ. The nipple is VERY different than most bottles out there. It was VERY much like his pacifier. He took it the first time and never looked back. They are super cheap so they are definitely worth a try. I think you can get them at Target and Walgreens.

The Adventures of Baby Bond said...

My daughter was the exact same! She finally gave in to Dr. Brown's bottles.

The Photo Goo said...

Love the pics. I can't believe he's almost doubled his birth weight. I need to get CJ a hard time :)

Have Cody give him the bottle when you're not in the room and see what he does. Babies can smell their mamas and prefer that over bottles. Harrison was the same way.

Vanessa said...

I don't know much about babies Shannon but I would just keep trying. I was done nursing Luna when she was about 4 months old and before she was just fine with any bottle brand pretty much. It really helps when someone else can feed your baby. Good luck! Vanessa

Anonymous said...

I had the same problem, I would only drink regular milk so that is what I had along with vitamins etc. Till about age 16months then I got of the vitamins.

Heather L. said...

Love the pictures! He is too cute!!!

I hesitate to tell you this, but my youngest baby NEVER would take a bottle after the first month or so. Once he developed his own little "attitude" he would only nurse. I am still nursing him and he's 14 months old! We tried every bottle and he would never take any of them. Since Westin is so little, I'd just keep giving him the bottle maybe even once a day, just to get him used to it. I didn't give Carter a bottle for a few weeks and that was when he decided that he wasn't going to use it anymore.

Good luck!

Kim said...

Brown rubber nipples like the old fashioned kind ... it is all that worked with my nursing babies and it especially helped for them to not suck too fast and get too much. The smallest ones you can find will work best.

Even if I used the nurser/bottles with the drop-in liners I would still use the brown rubber ones instead of the clear ones.

Good luck!

Karen said...

Could he be any cuter? Have you seen the Adiri nurser bottles. Babies R Us carries them. They are shaped like the breast. Also, I used the Born-Free wide nipples. I had a couple of smaller bottles that had the small nipples and my LO would never take them. Are you putting breast milk in the bottle? Keep trying, he will eventually get it. I would wait until you know he will eat, but no so hungry that he fights it. Oh, the shots. I hate to tell you that he will probably have shots at every visit until age 2. It's heartbreaking. I don't enjoy it either. I also wanted to share with you about my favorite baby books. Baby 411 and Toddler 411. They are nice companions to the what to expect books. Blessings!

Alyson said...

Long time lurker here as well!

I had this problem with both of my babies and we found that the Adiri Nursers worked great! They *really* look and feel like the "real thing"!!! We got ours right at Babies R Us. They can be pricey, but since I didn't need to use them that often we rotated a few.

Neither of my girls would take a bottle if I was in a 5 mile radius! LOL:) Keep trying and have a family member give the bottle and eventually he should take it.

Congrats on the cutie!!!

The Lambert's said...

I used Playtex nurser bottles with the plastic inserts. I nursed only for 2wks because it was such a nightmare for me and I mostly pumped and she took to those really well. Good luck! My little girl is a week older than Westin :)

Steph said...

I love checking up on your blog! :) I have an eleven month old today...it goes by so quickly! We use the Dr. Brown bottles and they are WONDERFUL!! Hope that helps :) Your sweet little man is precious!

Tabitha and Kelly said...

I love your blog. It is just so refreshing! We used playtex drop-in nursers and it REALLY helped with gas and switching back and forth from nursing to bottle. My cousing had the same issues with her daughter. She switched to the playtex nursers and used a medium flow nipple - it fixed the problem right up. Good luck.

Brittany said...

There is a bottle at Babies R Us... I can't remember the name, but, it is formed more like a real nipple, with two pieces for the baby to suck through. Rhett did really well with that kind. I don't remember it being a well-known brand. It was purple if that helps at all. I hope that gets easier for you! He is a cutie!

Corrie said...

Hey Shannon,
You don't know me, but I know you...ha ha. I've been following your blog for probably a year.

My first daughter would not take ANY bottle for the first 6 months and it did end up being sort of a ball and chain routine. :) My encouragement is that though it feels binding, it goes faster than it seems. I wish I could tell you how to remedy the problem, but honey, we tried EVERYTHING! I think people that kept her for me for a few hours probably tried putting syrup on the nipple!!! It was a trial, but she grew up so fast!!
Just keep doing what you are doing...try introducing it every couple weeks. He will take it one of these days, I promise!!
You're doing a great job and he is so beautiful!
Blessings,
Corrie

Honey, Does This Blog Make Me Look Fat? said...

He is so cute!

Try using different bottle nipples. Each of my children liked different styles. Hope this helps!

Harris - Party of 3 said...

I agree with several of the comments, unfortunately I think you need to "excuse" yourself from his presence. My baby boy (5 months old) has done great with the born free bottles. He progressed through the different phases of nipples earlier than than they said though. Maybe he is having a hard time sucking through the size nipple you are using.
That made a huge difference for my son. He is 5 months old and we are already using phase 3 (6+ months) nipples and he is much happier. I would also try giving him Mylicon before feeding incase he is inhaling a little air while sucking. These small changes made a world of difference in our lives. Good luck!

Mom2One said...

Westin is an absolute doll! Crazy how time flies! I had the same problem with my little man taking a bottle. A friend of mine told me about a bottle called "breast flow" It was a LIFESAVER for us! You may find it your local Target store. I had to order a starter pack from Target.com however. It's about $15 for the set. I, like you, had tried just about everything on the market and was about to give up. Good luck!!!

HeathahLee said...

He is so cute, Shannon! I know I've said that before, but he is! : )

Kiddo refused to latch on, but he was also picky about which bottles he liked. We landed on the Playtex bottles with the drop in liners and loved them. LOVED them.

You just have to use trial and error to find what's best for Westin. But think of the lessons you'll learn along the way! : )

Sharon said...

Maybe the type of nipple - latex vs. silicone. My friend's baby prefered one over the other. It could also be the flow of the nipple? I nursed and pumped. Lucily my son did not have any problems, as I went back to work, so he needed to take a bottle. I used Platex bottles. It could be the fact that if you are around when you are trying the bottle (he might be smelling you.) Good Luck!

Rae said...

My son did the exact same thing. Make sure the milk is warmed (like yours is :)) and keep giving him the bottle. You will regret it if you stop trying. Have your husband give it to him if you can and leave the room. He will always prefer you if given the choice. So don't give him the option. In time, he will take it like a champ. Good luck!

Darlene said...

Looks like you have ALL kinds of great advice. Westin is ADORABLE and he is getting sooooo big. You look wonderful!♥

Sara said...

Does he take a paci? If so, I found that if I had Bryce suck on the paci for a minute and then take it out and replace it quickly with the bottle he would eat it without fussing.

Reynie said...

First off, that little baby smile is just adorable! But you already knew that, didn't you!

It might not be the bottle or nipple itself, but as some suggested, it's not Momma! My only recommendation is the positioning. Try putting him in a bouncy seat and then face him while you try to give him the bottle. He can then see you directly and you can smile and interact with him while you try to give it to him. Maybe just seeing your face better will distract him enough that he takes the bottle. Also, the vibrations that most bouncy seats have might help relax him a little. Just an idea. Best of luck to you!

Luv2Shop said...

I don't know nothing bout feeding no babies... HaHa! But I can tell you my daughter only used the Dr. Brown bottles and they worked well. Best of Luck...He's precious!!

The Wilson's said...

First I must say that Westin is such a handsome little guy:)

As for the bottle, I'm assuming your giving him breast milk. I'm a working momma, so my breastfed baby (almost 11 months) has to take a couple of bottles during the work days. We tried a few bottles, and Playtex Nursers work the best for us. No nipple confusion and the flow is perfect for him. My baby is no picky when it comes to warm/cold milk. But, you may want to try warming his bottles??? Good luck!

Lindsey @ Harpersville Home said...

He's so cute!!! I know what you mean about wanting to be able to have the baby take a bottle, just in case or for when you need to be away! Our daughter is 4 1/2 months now but she had to bottle feed only for about 10 weeks because she was having a rough time nursing. Despite that, after we had breastfeeding down pat she refused to take a bottle again! Even of breastmilk. I eventually had to put formula in the bottle,and after a few attempts with that she decided to oblige! It's like she refused to take the good stuff from anything but me! :) Eventually I got her to take either from the bottle.

So, even if you don't want to try formula, you may try making it a totally different experience than nursing. Maybe your husband or a friend could try. It took us like 3 or 4 days of persistent trying from me, my husband and another female friend. That way he knows that's just a different kind of feeding, and he might be more inclined to take it from other people as well, not just from you. You'll get him to take it soon! Just stick with it! :) Enjoy your little man!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Here's my advice: You can't be the one to give him the bottle. At least not until he gets used to having a bottle on a somewhat regular basis. He knows you have the "good stuff", and he wants that instead, so have Cody or someone else give him a bottle when you're together. I really don't think it's the bottle type that would be the problem, unless the milk flow is too fast & choking him...it's probably just that it's "not momma"! So, just keep trying & it will happen!! :) Give it quite a few times before he doesn't fuss anymore too. Most every baby does this & it all works out!

Anonymous said...

Hi Shannon! I'm a "lurker", but i've been reading your blog for a while now! I have a 10 week old daughter at home, so i've enjoyed seeing how Westin is growing too! : ) I am breastfeeding as well, and she will take a bottle from anyone but me. Since she associates me with the breast, she simply won't take it. I'm not sure if you're giving him the bottle or not, but that tip helped me! We use Dr. Browns bottles and she has taken them like a champ. They are more expensive but well worth it! They reduce gas and are similar to the breast! Good luck!

The Stokes Family said...

My little girl would get fussy as well and it ended up that the nipple would be clogged or the flow was too slow. When I was breastfeeding I had a large supply so she got it pretty fast, and when she wasn't getting it as fast from the bottle she got very fussy. We went through all the bottles as well, and we ended up like the Playtex drop ins. Good luck!!

Karisa said...

*Been reading for a long time, but first time to comment...Love Love Love your blog and congrats on your adorable son*

My husband would give our daughter her bottle before bed {I could get a jump on sleep that way}. He would hold her like I did when nursing her and had some daddy-daughter bonding time. She would take a bottle from him and others, but not me till around 8 months. By then, we had her on a longer feeding schedule so it wasnt too tough to work things around her feedings. She was a gassier after bottles, so we carried her like a football {thought my arm would break off;)}, and sat her upright afterwards. Try the Dr. Browns bottles, they were the only ones that our daughter would take.

Samye said...

My kids would only take the cheap-o bottles from walmart. Good luck!

j3k said...

He is gorgeous. I had 4 kids and nursed all of them and taught them all how to take a bottle as well. My trick was to give them the bottle once every other day and wait until they were at their hungriest. If they are hungry enough they will eat. I used evenflo with the bags. I continued to nurse all my kids until they were 1 and they took a bottle as a supplement without a problem. He may fight you the first few times but if he is really hungry when you try and feed him then he will take it. Good luck.
Marie

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

My fourth would never take a bottle and went straight to a sippy cup that practically poured out after he was a little over a year old.

My other three could be left and we would use the Playtex nursers with the plastic liners. They were the original bottles that seem to have been around forever that were supposed to be most like mom. They worked for us. I usually was not the one who gave the bottle so there was no confusion.

The Pelhams said...

I am not the norm. My 2 youngest girls never even took a bottle. I stayed home and nursed them for a year and there was just never a need to do a bottle, and when we tried, they were the same way, they fought it and it was much easier to do it. I had a 3 1/2-4 hour window. As he gets older, he will be able to go longer in between feedings.
First, are you trying to give him the bottle or Cody? Sometimes because he knows your smell and warmth he won't take it from you. If you haven't tried it, have Cody give him the bottle and you not even be in the room where he can smell you. Go in the other room and pump or do laundry or something. If that doesn't work, than don't sweat it. You can plan your day and outings around his feedings, it will become the norm, it did for me. I couldn't stand to be away for more than a couple hours anyway!! I missed them too much!

Pamela said...

Again just adorable Shannon! Best advice is to just keep trying and eventually he will give in.

Anonymous said...

I could only get my babies to take playtex after nursing primarily.

Sara said...

He looks like a good eater...just like my Westynn. Mine too was primarily breastfed, but I wanted him to take a bottle for the same reason, that I needed a break. I finally asked my dr. about getting him to take a bottle and his suggestion was to NOT nurse him until he takes a bottle and that it could be up to 12 hours before he does so. It wasn't going to hurt him though. I also used the playtex nurser, drop ins. I had to squeeze the bottom of the bag to force the milk out, until he would drink it. There was much resistance, but he did finally give in. Now, just two weeks later he is strictly on the bottle (he is 9 months) and it is even nice that Dad can put him to bed now. Best of luck with it and you have one ADORABLE little boy!

sweethomealagirl said...

Just keep offering him the bottle, maybe even once a day, at the same time each day. One of my boys did that too, and it just took a little coaxing. He did best for others, and when he was really hungry. I wouldn't worry about trying many different types of nipples; my picky child liked smaller, rounder nipples best, but eventually didn't care!

Don't know that I have commented since he was born, but that sweet Westin is a cutie :)

The Kinards! said...

I just wanted to tell you that your little man is too cute! :) And you look great! CONGRATS on your new baby boy!!

The Brewers said...

What a great problem to have! But I know it's frustrating, too. Ava never would nurse. She was just too lazy I guess! We used medela at first, and had major gas issues. Then we switched to Dr. Browns and have never looked back! Also, you might try increasing your nipple size. I know he's only 2 months, and the packages say 3 months, but my pedeitrician said that is just the "suggestion." And Cari (O'Dell) Calhoun said that her baby Lincoln took his bottle better and faster after they increased the nipple size. If Westin is used to a good flow from you, he might now be frustrated with the flow of the bottle. Good luck! He is a doll!!!

kanishk said...

he has gotten so big! you look great!
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Karen said...

We had trouble with bottles too. She took the bottle easy in the beginning too like Westin but started to reject it shortly there after. We came to find that we weren't warming up the bottle enough. She was pretty picky about the breast milk temperature in the beginning but is more laid back about it now at four months. We have always used Dr. Browns bottles and have had no issues with them they are great and no leaks! Good luck!

Wyn said...

Hey I have read your blog for so long but don't think I have ever commented! Sorry about that! Anyway I have a little girl who has just turned 1 and a 4 week old boy and have found the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles absolutely fantastic (although I am from the UK and don't know if you can get these in the US, could always try ebay?). Ava took to them really well and although Lucas has only had 2 bottles so far he too has had no problems and hardly seem to notice anything was different. I do make a point for a while to not be the person giving the bottle as many others have said they often get confused. upset as to why you're not feeding them yourself but after as Ava got older and I switched to combination feeding she took a bottle from me just fine.

Good Luck!

Becky said...

Connor just had his 2 month check up too. He needed Tylenol infant drops, but all of them have been recalled EVERYWHERE and I didn't want him to have the shots without medicine. Connor loves the Dr. Brown bottles...they have lots of parts but they work well. They are so interested in the lights and fans right now! And that first smile almost made me cry! It's so wonderful watching them take in the world.

Nash Family said...

Hi- I found your blog as a link from someone else's and saw this post. I went through the same thing with my daughter. She loved the bottle at first and then QUIT. I ended up having to quit my job because she would refuse to eat for 12 hours while I was gone. We tried tons of bottles, sippy cups, etc., but she was determined to breastfeed only. And so we did for 7 1/2 months until one day she decided she didn't want to nurse anymore. Now she's a bottle only girl. I know that doesn't help you resolve the issue, but just know you're not alone. It's tough being totally tied down, but they are so worth it.

Anna said...

I breastfed both of my babies and when I pumped (if I was going to be away or wanted a bottle to carry in the car, etc.) I always used the Playtex Nurser bottles - they came recommended from a fellow breastfeeding mom. We found them to be wonderful for going back and forth between the breast and bottle. The drop in bags "contract" like the breast does...give them a try if you haven't!

Heather said...

He looks just like Cody!!! What a cutie!

Grande Family said...

so i never read other blogs, but some how saw yours... and no i did not read all 71 comments, so you may have already been sent this, but when trying to introduce the bottle you need to leave the house :) at some point he will take it... even if it takes a couple of tries, but if he smells you, and he can if you are home, it will not work... you can just go outside and read or work in the yard ;) but whatever you do, go out of the house! we bought all the $$$ bottles and ended up with just the plain ol' Gerber cheap bottles :) hope you have a great mothers day!!

Debra said...

I had the same problem with my first two kids and gave up....of course kicking ourselves months later when we really wanted the kid to take a bottle! With our third (who is 7 weeks old) my husband tries to give her a bottle almost every night, so she will continue to take it. It is a pain b/c I have to pump, but worth it if it gives us a little flexibility. We have been using the MAM BPA Free bottles with some success.

Good luck!

Emily said...

We have been struggling with the same thing for the past 6 weeks...we tried Dr. Browns (they make a premie nipple that seemed to work for a few weeks!), Adiri, Lionheart, Playtex, Avent, Nuk...lets just say we have spent an insane amount of money on bottles (I am back at work 2days/week so we had to figure something out!). Finally, FINALLY! we tried the BornFree bottles and for whatever reason- he likes them. Try switching nipple sizes, wear one of your husbands shirts to sleep and have him wear it while he gives him the bottle, warm it up during the feeding, have him walk around while he feeds him...good luck!!

Tiger's Momma said...

My little boy was the same way...it turns out that my husband had to be the one to give him the bottles. If he smelled me or the breast milk, he wouldn't want the bottle. Also I used playtex drop ins...he liked the nipple on it. We did it like one bottle a week a first...and then added...etc. Hope it helps. Pray over him too. :) Sounds crazy, but it works! God bless.

Shannon and Kole said...

I have a 6 week old and have been primarily breastfeeding, but we give her one bottle a day. We use the Tommee Tippee bottles that you can get at babies r us and she does really well. I'm not sure if anyone else recommended them, but they are the number one bottle in the UK for breast and bottle feeding babies. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I went through the same thing with my daughter. Here's my advice....Warm that bottle! 98.6 degrees to be exact!