What to do when Baby is refusing a bottle
Baby refusing the bottle? Take a step back.
- STEP 1 ____ Tilt your baby’s head. Just before you introduce the bottle, make sure that your baby’s head is tilted above his or her body to help avoid any choking, spitting up, or overfeeding.
- STEP 2 ____ Introduce the bottle nipple. Bring the nipple to your baby’s lips and, rather than pushing it into his or her mouth, allow Baby to engage on their own.
- STEP 3 ____ Keep the bottle at an angle. Tilt the bottle at an angle that fills the nipple only halfway. This will allow your baby to drink at his or her own pace.
- STEP 4 ____ Burp your baby during and after feedings. It may be helpful to burp your newborn about halfway through feedings to relieve any gassiness or belly discomfort they may feel from swallowing too much air.
- STEP 5 ____ When your baby starts turning his or her head away from the bottle, it means that he or she is no longer hungry and the feeding session is over.
Other ideas if your baby isn’t taking the bottle
Try different nipple and milk temperatures ____
Experiment with different nipple and milk temperatures if your baby won’t take a bottle. Try putting the nipple in the refrigerator to cool it down or run warm water over it. As your breast milk is lukewarm, the same bottle temperature is ideal for some babies. Others may prefer it room temperature or colder. Every baby is different and it may take a few tries to discover what your little one prefers.
Enjoy more skin-to-skin contact ____
Some breastfed babies prefer more skin-to-skin contact. Try letting your baby feed in just a diaper and in his or her favorite breastfeeding position during bottle feeding. On the other hand, some babies respond better to bottle feeding in a completely opposite position to when they are breastfeeding. If your baby is refusing a bottle, experiment with both approaches to see if one helps more than the other.
Remind Baby of Mommy ____
There will be times when someone else is feeding your baby, whether it be your partner or your child’s caretaker. If your baby is fussy during bottle feeding, it may help to wrap the bottle in something that smells like you, such as a piece of clothing or cloth. This could make it easier for your baby to feed during those times when he or she is away from Mommy.
Move around during feedings ____
Sometimes, all that’s needed to get your baby to take a bottle is a little gentle swaying, rocking or walking. The next time your baby cries during bottle feeding, try moving rhythmically to help calm them.
Choosing the right bottle for Baby
Glass baby bottles
If your breastfed baby won’t take a bottle, it could be that you haven’t found the right bottle or nipple. You could consider Philips Avent Natural or Glass baby bottle — its ultra-soft nipples resemble the breast to help make bottle feeding a more natural experience for you and your baby. The wide breast-shaped nipple also helps your baby achieve a natural latch, making it easy to combine breast and bottle feeding.
If your baby is fussy during bottle feedings, it may be helpful to try to relieve any gassiness or reflux that he or she may be experiencing. One option is this anti-colic bottle that has a unique AirFree vent to help reduce colic, gas and reflux. By keeping the nipple full of milk, rather than air, this bottle is designed to help your baby swallow less air as they feed.