the bottle problem

We have a problem. And I would LOVE love LOVE to find a solution. I am a fixer. Olivia Pope is my idol. And I sort of am most definitely kind of stubborn. 

The problem is a three month old who will not take a bottle. He has taken a bottle in the past, which makes this ever more frustrating. From birth till about 8 weeks on occasion he would drink from a bottle. He would practically waterboard himself. And then all of a sudden.... No. He wouldn't. My sister was able to get him to take a bottle once when it counted and for that I am eternally grateful. But since then? Nope. If we are lucky he will chew on it and maybe drink a half an ounce but then he will move on. That's if we are lucky. Cover your ears if we are not.

We have read articles all over the internets. Here, here, here, and here. And more. 

We have tried this bottle. And that bottle. And this one too. We have tried a sippy cup. 

We have fed in the same position as if he would be eating on his preferred side of mom. We have tried a totally different position. We have tried feeding in a carrier and reaching around from behind so the feeder is a mystery.

I have tried. My sister has tried. Matt and my mother have tried. I have been in the room. I have been within sight. I have been in a totally different area of the house. I have left the house. 

I let Letty try to feed him. 

We have tried every single morning. We have tried every single feeding. 

And yet we are failures. Kelsey suggested we try a nipple shield and while I was digging my heals in refusing to buy anything to get him to take a bottle I think I'll have to try that. She is a veteran mom and I don't know why I fight it. She is probably right. Any other suggestions?



  1. i'm not gonna lie - i read nipple shield and i picture something that combines super powers with a boob. and maybe that's what it is. regardless - i wish you luck! that stubborn one. dom, not just you - you shall find a way!

  2. I don't have advice credentials on this one! But I pray that a solution is found quickly.

  3. I've got precisely zero. Aria took a bottle from the get go being in the nicu and all. When we got home dad would feed her a bottle for his morning baby shift. Then I stopped pumping around two months and Aria never took a bottle again. We were leashed together, or scheduled outings in three hour spurts. But, really we weren't apart much. Boobs are just more fun than bottles I suppose. Ask any guy.

  4. I feel so bad for you. I couldn't imagine how stressful it must be. He just loves his mommy! Have you guys tried wrapping the bottle in one of your shirts/nursing bras. Sometimes just the sent and softness can be comforting. Another thing I have heard (I can't promise it would work, but if you have the same blanket or burp cloth that you place on his chest when you feed can create the routine and that could be worth a shot. Sometimes he just needs Mommy close. I have a feeling Dom is going to be your little shadow as he grows! Good luck!

  5. Sorry, I have no ideas for you either. I am totally with Kerri on the whole nipple shield super power thing though. Oh, and I must say that I had to cover my mouth to conceal the squeal of glee that was coming out when I saw Letty trying to fed Dom. Priceless.

  6. Oh man I hope the shield works!!! I feel so much pressure! LOL. But really I just need it to work for your sake. I have told you how Pierce and Avalon didn't take bottles, and it was rough to always be on call. We have yet to give Odette a bottle, but I'm thinking of we are going to try, it better be soon. I'm nervous. Haha!

  7. I'm not sure how Rob got Soph to finally take it.. He reckoned that she just needed to realize there was milk there and then she was sold. But who knows, my friend told me "sometimes babies just hate things and you have to keep trying" but it sounds like you have been trying all of the things. I guess good luck! Xo


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