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Refusing bottle. Love Wedge +2 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Waterloo, Ontario 44310 posts
13th Mar '13

My son has been having 2 oz of formula at night, recommended by his pedi. For the past two nights now he's been refusing it. He's 6 months and has been having one bottle a day for about a month now. Is it normal for babies to do that? Every other feeding he's BF and we haven't started solids yet. My daughter was FF from birth so I'm kind of winging it as I go along.



TIA!

C.xox-mama Due October 22; 1 child; 1 angel baby; St Thomas, Ontario 1365 posts
13th Mar '13

sometimes my EBF DD Wont even take a bottle of BM, maybe it's that he knows you're they one giving it to him, but he also knows you're the one with BM. Try letting someone else do it maybe that'll help? :) Good luck!!

EpicThunderCat! 1 child; Oregon 9400 posts
13th Mar '13

Just wondering but why did your doctor recommend formula at night? Was your babe losing weight/percentile? If this is the case you can give more hindmilk(its the milk with all of the fats in it)



Some breastfed babies just don't like bottles and if your little one seems healthy I wouldn't worry about it personally mama.

Love Wedge +2 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Waterloo, Ontario 44310 posts
14th Mar '13
Quoting EpicThunderCat!:" Just wondering but why did your doctor recommend formula at night? Was your babe losing weight/percentile? ... [snip!] ... Some breastfed babies just don't like bottles and if your little one seems healthy I wouldn't worry about it personally mama."

Originally it was to get his weight up. I'd tried a lot of other options and nothing seemed to work (he'd gained 1 oz in two weeks) so I wasn't sure what else to do.



Today I'm going to try giving him milk in a bottle to see if it's the bottle itself or just the formula.



We also see his pedi today but on February 13 he was 11 lbs and on March 6 was 12.5, so I'm not really worried about his weight gain now.



As long as he keeps gaining weight (35 week preemie, 4 lbs at birth) then hopefully I can stop giving him any bottles at all.

EpicThunderCat! 1 child; Oregon 9400 posts
14th Mar '13
Quoting Love Wedge +2:" Originally it was to get his weight up. I'd tried a lot of other options and nothing seemed to work (he'd ... [snip!] ... As long as he keeps gaining weight (35 week preemie, 4 lbs at birth) then hopefully I can stop giving him any bottles at all."


Well I would assume since he is 6mo now, as long as he isn't losing you shouldn't worry. Some babies just gain really slow. Muy son slowed down a ton after the 6mo mark but he was healthy. He went from the 90th percentile to the 15th by his 12mo birthday but he was never lethargic our out of it and seemed fine. Idk.



I almost feel like doctors put way to much stress on babies when it comes to growth. Plus, all those percentile charts they use were taken from formula fed infants. Not breastfed ones.

Love Wedge +2 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Waterloo, Ontario 44310 posts
14th Mar '13
Quoting EpicThunderCat!:" Well I would assume since he is 6mo now, as long as he isn't losing you shouldn't worry. Some babies ... [snip!] ... when it comes to growth. Plus, all those percentile charts they use were taken from formula fed infants. Not breastfed ones. "

He's under the third percentile, even for his corrected age. She's more concerned about his curve than she is the actual weight. I see her in like an hour so hopefully she's happy with his gain.

EpicThunderCat! 1 child; Oregon 9400 posts
14th Mar '13
Quoting Love Wedge +2:" He's under the third percentile, even for his corrected age. She's more concerned about his curve than she is the actual weight. I see her in like an hour so hopefully she's happy with his gain."


Oh, yeah I heard they worry a lot about any child under around 5%. I hope it all works out. It sounds like you are doing everything right. How often is he feeding? You could also try pumping for a minute before each feed and then latch to make sure he gets more hindmilk. :]

Love Wedge +2 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Waterloo, Ontario 44310 posts
14th Mar '13
Quoting EpicThunderCat!:" Oh, yeah I heard they worry a lot about any child under around 5%. I hope it all works out. It sounds ... [snip!] ... is he feeding? You could also try pumping for a minute before each feed and then latch to make sure he gets more hindmilk. :]"

Usually every 2 hours or so. Sometimes longer if we're out somewhere.

EpicThunderCat! 1 child; Oregon 9400 posts
14th Mar '13
Quoting Love Wedge +2:" Usually every 2 hours or so. Sometimes longer if we're out somewhere."


Hmm, have you tried latching in between feedings to see if that helps with weight gain? However, if you are ok with what you are doing now then don't overstress of course. :] Breastfeeding can be really demanding sometimes.

Love Wedge +2 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Waterloo, Ontario 44310 posts
14th Mar '13
Quoting EpicThunderCat!:" Hmm, have you tried latching in between feedings to see if that helps with weight gain? However, if ... [snip!] ... if you are ok with what you are doing now then don't overstress of course. :] Breastfeeding can be really demanding sometimes. "

I actually just posted another topic about cereals and oatmeal, but I kind of touch on the subject of him throwing up quite a lot. I feel like feeding him more would make him throw up more :?



I never thought BF would be so complicated!