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Baby bottle feeding problems

Suggested solutions to common bottle feeding problems, whether you ususually feed your baby formula milk or breastmilk.
If your baby does not take to a bottle you could try the following:
  • Get someone else to offer the bottle

  • Offer it at a time when your baby is neither starving hungry nor completely full

  • Feed your baby somewhere apart from where you usually sit, so that he does not assume that he will be getting a breastfeed

  • Offer the bottle in the dark, so he cannot see it

  • Warm the teat before offering it to him
  • Try different brands of teat
  • If he is old enough, (five or six months) use a spouted beaker rather than a bottle

  • If he is on solids, add breast milk or formula to his food so that he gets the goodness via another route

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Hi, my 6 week old has just started pushing the bottle away too, after only an ounce sometimes. Before she was eating 5 oz at a time, at the early evening feed she'd have 8oz! But now it can take 2 hours to feed her anything. Like others here she will push it away then cry still hungry then push it away again. I've suspected reflux from day 1 cause she arches her back a lot and cries and is very gassy, but my doctor won't listen to me and just dismisses it so we took it upon ourselves to give her infant gaviscon. It seemed to work for a while but now this bottle refusal has started I don't know what to do!
Do babies generally get fussy if they're just ill? Because she seems to be sleeping a lot more at the minute...
by Rhi1986 20th Jun 2013, 3:03pm
Hi guys, well aftr my 15 wk old was still refusing her bottle, I took her to hospital, where they found she had pneumonia,when they did further tests they found out she also has reflux, that is wat caused her not to drink her feeds as the acid was coming up hurting her:( and then going into her lungs causing the pneumonia, if only my gp had sent her in at 7 weeks old when she first started to refuse her bottles, we wouldn't have beenin that situation, she's on Zantac now to stop the acid and bact to be check again Monday!
by Cat9226 25th Jan 2012, 9:16am
this is for mcmug1030. my little man was the same and was diagnosed with a bad case of reflux. i was given baby gaviscon which did help. i would also recommend getting variable teets so the baby can control the flow of the milk and it reduces the amount of air so it goes into the bottle and not your babys tummy. i would love to say that all of the above stopped the crying but allas it did not but it certainly helped. The only thing i have found that allows me to feed my boy is placing him in his vibrating chair popping a dummy into his mouth and moving the back of the chair back and forth until he calms enough for me to pop the bottle into his mouth and feed him. what use to take an hour to feed him now takes 15 mins using this method. i have come to the conclusion that my little boy does not like to be fed out of anyone ones arms which was also contributing to the screaming.i know it sounds weird but it has worked for me and anything is worth a try. if this works for you you could take the chair to the daycare and ask them to feed her in that. x

by 1126 3rd Aug 2011, 9:23am
Hi my daughter is 12 week old, she was a good eater. But about 2 weeks ago, she just refused to eat. She'll drinks for the first oz, then pulls off, screams and arches her back, you need to battle her to feed the rest of the bottle. I now hold and the rock her until she calms down and half asleep, then she will take the rest in one shot. It can take an hour to feed her. She'll be going to daycare in 3 weeks, i am worried they would not have the time to feed here there. If anyone find anything that can help, please let me know, i am going to cry :(
by mcmug1030 13th Jul 2011, 10:02am
Hi All.
In answer to your question please try MAM bottles......I have recently been dreading every feed with my 4.5mth old son as he suddenly starting refusing his bottles. He was previously a good feeder and I was having to try entertaining/singing to him to get even a couple of onces in him. I use Tommee Tippee bottles with Aptimal and he has not had a problem till now. I suspected teething was the cause since he would cry in hunger but then not be able to drink and it was heartbreaking. I tried larger teats to no avail. The only feed he would take well was the 11pm feed as he was half asleep. BIG THANKS to Jem1j8d who suggested MAM bottles. I thought I would try them since the teats are free flowing and therefore your baby doesn't have to suck much to drink and therefore this doesn't upset his sore gums. I honestly thought anything was worth a try but did suspect this would be another £15 (for 3 bottles)down the drain, but they are brilliant he took all his milk and they also can be sterilised individually in the microwave for 3 mins when you add a little water in the bottom (see MAM instructions with your bottles). I am truly impressed and I hope this helps others.
by Lizzyloola 11th Mar 2011, 5:13pm
Hi everyone. I've been reading all your comments and I really feel for you all. I've been through this so I know how hard it is. My son is now 7.5 months old. He has the dreadful reflux! Since day 2, we knew there was a problem. He wouldn't stop crying, and it was terrible crying like he was in really bad pain. Most days, he would cry for about 10 hours and not sleep. He wouldn't even sleep in the car or in his pram while i took him for a walk. I also cried everyday, i just didn't understand what was happening. it took 10 weeks, many milk changes, different things such as colief, infacol etc etc until he was diagnosed with reflux. He was then put onto gaviscon and ranitidine. To be honest, we didn't see any major improvements even with the medication. he was still being sick, being very moany and crying lots. it was horrible. Finally at 6 months, i started to see a change in him. he seemed less moany and wasn't really crying much. Now at 7 months, he is great. he hardly moans or cries at all. he's still bringing up food and milk though unfortunately but our health visitor said this should stop by 12 months. Reflux is awful, we had a terrible time, but i does get better and it comes out of nowhere. I also need to mention that when he was about 4 months old, we also had problems with his bottle. As soon as the teat went into his mouth, he screamed the house down. The only way we could get him to feed in the end was walking around the room with him or taking him in the garden - it was horrific. He would arch his back too. And this went on for about 7 weeks. Then all of a sudden, it slowly stopped and he was taking his bottles again. We thought he was teething at the time but he still hasn't got any teeth now lol! For all of you who are going through this, i do feel really sorry for you. But i promise it gets better and you will also be able to say that too in the months to come.
by SunshineChelle 9th Feb 2011, 8:52am
Hi am in desperate need for help. My 4 months old son, who's on formula milk for 3 months, is suddenly totally refusing to have his bottle feed for 5 days now. I tried all the tricks managed to get him 60ml of milk per 24 hrs only. His doctor checked him thoroughly he is completely healthy. What to do any suggestions? Please
by farooha 17th Jan 2011, 2:48pm
Hi, it has been a huge relief to read that i am not the only 1 going through very stressful feeding times with my 13 wk old. My baby was taking between 2-4 oz up to 7 weeks then was taking 2 oz in 1 sitting & would occasionally finish a 4 oz bottle a while later. She has always got uptight at times during feeds but not as bad as the past few days where she screams as soon as u put he bottle to her mouth & tries to wriggle out of your arms & u can she her tongue moving like crazy. She is hungry for it by the behaviours she displays but just wont take it unless you really persist with her its heartbreaking. I have got her on the first Aptamil infant milk & using both Tommee Tippee bottles with ize 2 teats & Dr B rown bottles & she's same with both bottles.

From what many of u have said changing teats, milk etc makes no difference, DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY SOLUTIONS OR ADVICE as Im worried she's going to develop a phobia of feeding & its very distressing for myself & my partner.
by Bexta 20th Dec 2010, 9:20am
Hi I have got the exact same problem. My daughter is 15 weeks now and has been refusing the bottle 4 the last 6 weeks. The doctor has changed my daughters milk so many times she's been on gaviscon and now on rinitodine for reflux. I'm lucky if I can get 6 oz a day in her and during night are unbearable at times. She wants the bottle but it either hurts or she just cant be bothered to suck.
I decided 2 wean her on to food 3 weeks ago as it was getting to much and the doctor agreed but health visitor didn't. She has breakfast, lunch and tea and im gonna start her on yoghurt next week. She's happy and content during the day and still having a wet nappy, also using the word I hate (thrive) thats why im getting no help as (I was that desperate I asked them 2 hospitalize her) All I get not is you have to persevere and ride this tough time out. So if any1 has got through this with them taking the bottle let me know.

by vicandkids 1st Dec 2010, 12:13pm
HI all
I have had this exact same problem .
My daughter who is now almost 9 weeks old has only recently just stating taking 4oz feeds.
She has always been a fussy eater and we have tried 3 different formulas and 4 different teats , eventually we were diagnosed with reflux and have been prescribed the infant gaviscon.
Immediately after using that she seemed less fussy for a week but now it seems she has gone back o her old ways she is only having 3 oz at a time and plays with the bottle rather than sucking on it .
She does have a cold and is becoming quiet mucussy with it so i do wonder whether this can be playing a part in the troubles but im worried sick .
She just seems to gain weight slowly and isnt one of these babes that seem to thrive im at my witts end and just want her to take a bottle with out having a battle on my hands n e advice?
by lewlaysmummy 22nd Nov 2010, 3:35pm
My baby usually has 5oz of milk at feeding times and is 9 weeks old but just lately has been stopping at 2.5 then winding and pulling her hands to her mouth and refusing the bottle and crying what could this be
by schmem 5th Nov 2010, 5:03pm
My son is 12 weeks old and he has been taking between 5 and 6 oz since he was around 5 weeks without problem. He sleeps though the night (20:00-07:30) and is having a feed every 4 hours though the day, he is now on between 6-7 1/2 oz per feed

About 4 weeks ago he got really fussy with his bottle and didn't want to drink his bottle in mine or my partners arms, we just put it down to him being to hot as he would take his bottle laying in the mosses basket. About 3 weeks ago he started to take between 3 and 4 oz and start arching his back up as if he was in pain (he was still being burped and had no trouble bringing them up) me and my partner did some research on the internet and we put it down to reflux. We now have him on SMA stay down (purple tin) which is meant to help with reflux. It has done the trick and he is no longer arching his back up :-)

The only problem we have now is he gets to around 3-4 oz and doesn't want any more, he then generally tongues or nibbles the teat. Whilst smiling like a smart arse :-) We try burping him, leaving him for a few minutes, but in the end we have to hold the bottle in his mouth until he gives up and finishes the bottle, this is generally after a bit of a fight with him trying to push the bottle out with his tongue or pushing it away with his hands. Sometimes he gets really up tight. Pretty much this works 9 out off 10 times.

We did think it might have something to do with teething as he was sucking on his hands a lot, we did check but nothing is there and we can't feel anything either.

Is it normal for a baby to start wanting less milk, I'm worried that he will start losing weight?

Any information or help you could give me would be great, thanks in advance x
by sonia180208 11th Oct 2010, 9:27am
I had the same problem when my baby was 4 weeks old he screamed and just wouldnt take his bottle!!! Was back and forward to the doctors and hospital!!!
He was given gaviscon infant and renitine as the doctors said it was the same symptoms as heartburn! (reflux) he's getting abit better but he has very severe reflux! he's now 3 1/2 months and taking about 5 oz every 4 hours. It's extremly stressfull but it will get better!
by MussyandJenn 24th Sep 2010, 9:10am
My 4 month old has been teething for the past few weeks and has refused to take the bottle. We tried lots of brands and different flow rate teats andnothing worked. I've just bought Nuk bottles, which supposedly are very breastlike, and he took the whole lot straightaway- might be worth giving them a try?
by jojosmummy 2nd Sep 2010, 10:54am
Having the same problem with my 7 week old. Only feeding 2 ozs at most feeds where as he was taking 4/5 ozs about a month ago. Very distressing ! Can anyone let me know what worked for you ? Thanks
by nickye 1st Sep 2010, 10:06am
Im having the same problem with my 2month old as alot of the other posters, hes been drinking 120mls since 3 days after coming home from the hospital so he is a piggy,, for the last 2 weeks he has been drinking 60mls-80mls fine then if i stop to burp him he wont continue,he just fusses and turns his head and pushes the bottle out of his mouth.. i have also tried not buring but he seems to do the same thing after 80mls, also tried faster flow teats and different bottles, neither hepled!. he was also sleeping 4-6 hours at a time at night, now hes awake after feeding for one nd sleeping for two.. everyone seems to have the same problem. so im relieved a bit, can anyone give any advice, or the poeple who posted a while ago let us know if it passes nd how soon?. im going crazy!
by jess31 19th Aug 2010, 3:13pm
My baby is 15weeks old and has been refusing her bottle for almos 2 months now. The only way I get her to drink is just to keep trying. Some said that maybe she isn't hungry, but then we go up to 5 hours that she last had bottle. I tried other teets , milk ens but it doesnt work. Maybe it's just a phase but i'm hoping for it to go over quickly. The only time she doesn't refuse her bottle is during the night.
by Chantell1 12th Aug 2010, 10:30am
Hi, Does anyone have any information or experience on the use of probiotics to help with baby crying and colic? I have seen alot of press about Biogaia Probiotic drops and how good they are but they are not cheap so I'd like to know what people think before buying any.
by spitmk2 12th Aug 2010, 9:49am
i have had the same problems with my baby who is now 15 weeks old and the problem started at 4 weeks. i have found that using the brand of bottle by NUK with latex teats on seemed to solve the problem with a six month plus fast flow teat. i found that she did not like the feel of silicon in her mouth i also changed her milk from cow & gate to sma and she is now taking a 5oz feed 5 times a day quite well, i hope this is of help to some as i know how stressful this problem can be
by claire0882 11th Jun 2010, 5:39pm
hi everyone! im desperate in finding a solution on how to bottle feed my baby girl, she's 3 and half month and i've been breastfeeding her since she was born. she refuse to take the milk in a bottle even though she's very hungry. she rather went to sleep and wait for me to breastfeed her than to take the milk in a bottle. please advice, I've tried different kinds of teats. i've also pump my breast and put in a bottle but still it didn't work.. thank you!
by novelle 11th Jun 2010, 5:38pm
thank god for this forum, i have been crying for weeks because my baby just doesnt seem to want a bottle, was diagnosed with reflux and floppy larynx but seemed to be coping with feeds untill couple weeks ago when he just started refusing bottle, crying and squirming!! hv was no good and just told me to peserver, thot i was being a rubbish mum, and so alone. Have tried everything, but after reading all comments have decided to stop stressing and enjoy being his mum
by hooper01 14th May 2010, 5:41pm
My baby is 10 weeks old and i'm really having a hard time gettiing him to take the formula. When he was born i started him on formula because of difficulties with latching on with breast feeding. Eventually he latched on and its been breast milk since. This is my first baby and i really would like him to switch to the formula i sought of new to this and its becoming a bit fustrating. I've tried almost everything, i could really do with some help
by gabraj 14th May 2010, 5:03pm
We are going through the exact same problem with our 10 week old! She was drinking perfectly fine every 3 hours taking 100mls until a week ago she decided to make a fuss by kicking and screaming as soon as we put the bottle in her mouth! We tried changing the milk from Aptamil 1 to Aptamil 2, we even changed the teat to medium flow...We fed her lying on the sofa raised with a pillow which helped once! We tried singing to her and distracting her which also helped at one point...In the end my mother realised that because baby takes a soother she's become used to the teat and so refuses the bottle teat! So today i tricked her by giving her the soother when she cried for milk, she started sucking on it thinking it was milk and calmed down, i then slowly took it out and replaced it with the bottle! It was a miracle, she instantly started drinking! It has worked so far, let's hope she continues to drink like this otherwise it does get really stressful and upsetting to watch her cry!
by mairasmum 14th May 2010, 4:53pm
Our LO is now 25 weeks old and we seem to be going backwards instead of forwards. From around 3-4 weeks we were informed he had acid reflux. He was always ok during the day but when it came to evening time he screamed sore for 1-2 hours until he tired himself out. He was prescribed infant gaviscon and cow and gate thickener for milk. This was no help and the crying didnt seem to ease. It was the same thing, screaming, arching back, stomach pains, wind. The Hv then decided to change his formula around 8 weeks from aptimel to pepti junior incase he had a cows milk protein allergy. There seemed to be some subsidence in the screaming at night and the bottles slowly increased up 28oz or more a day around the 15 week mark. I wouldnt say things were perfect but feeding became a little easier though his fussiness on the bottle flared up again a few weeks later. We were again advised to change the milk to pepti to introduce lactose back into his diet. We have been at the doctors at least 20 times and he has now been prescribed omeprazole 10mg/5ml. He is taking 20mg per day stepped up from 5mg over the course of the last 4 weeks but has not got any better. His milk intake is gettin less and less and he has stopped sleepin thru the night. He takes some bottle and then the noises start in the belly and his face strains with pain. He has been taking sppon feeds at lunch and dinner but at 6 months old we know he still needs to take the milk, he doesnt have any bother taking the spoons feeds altho he is not taking a huge amount yet. We have been assured that this is not an allergy and the doctor stated that he cant seem to justify an allergy test. The only thing we are told from the paediatrition and GP is this is ACID REFLUX but yet he has never been given any tests. Pulling our hair out, it so hard to see your LO suffer and nobody any ideas left on how to help him. Ive lost all confidence in the NHS. We have been pretty much told to grin and bear it.
by tireddaddy 14th May 2010, 4:10pm
i am a working mom and i joined my office when she is 3 months old. Now she is 5 months old and still not taking bottle feed, she takes milk from spoon. A big problem for me and others. pl. suggest what to do
by akhilesh 14th May 2010, 3:24pm
Hi all, i've been searching the net for some answers on why my 9wk old is out of routine and only taking max 3-4oz in the day and then a massive 10+oz on an evening.....i've just read some of your comments and am now alot more at ease. We, like many of you started A on C&G 1st after breastfeeding for 5wks, he soon got colic and so moved onto the Comfort range. This has been great for the past 3 weeks but earlier in the week he was like a hungry baby, never satisfied, so i started adding the 1st C&G back into his feeds. This seems to be helping but then the past couple of days he doesnt even seem interested in taking full feeds. I was starting to stress about it, after reading books that warns of "snackers" and not wanting A to become a snacking baby really tried to get full feeds down him, now i reside myself to thinking that sometimes he may just not be hungry when the routine states he should be....... but trying to determine what cry distingushies what in baby-language.... am still learning i think.
by lora8511 14th May 2010, 3:17pm
We have just gone through the same as you all on here. our lil girl is 13 weeks now and at 11 weeks started to get really fussy when feeding. This was the start of things, as not much feed in day ment waking more in the night for feeds!! We changed teats,milk ect but nothing changed. HV said she mite by teething but i just didnt get that feeling. So after reading for answers i decided to STOP worring and stressing out (as this was showing to my baby) and LISTEN to her! I changed every thing back to how it was. Instead of watching the time for feeds, i waited for her to show me when. I started lying her on the sofa instead of holding her to feed, still keep eye contact but she seems calm and was not trying to fight me. i made sure that she got her full on naps as a tired baby will also fuss at the bottle. I really feel now looking at it this is all about a GROWTH SPURT, I know they say a baby will eat more during this time but who to say that they wont go the other way!! Just like us some people eat more when feeling low and some people will go off their food. It would be really interesting to hear from the people that posted on here earlier last year to see what the out come and their feelings on it all now is .
by Tracey198 10th Feb 2010, 5:03am
I have a similar problem with my 11 week old daughter. She was having 5/6oz every 4 hours and now we are struggling to get 3/4ozs in her. She takes the bottle well to start with but after 5 mins or so she will scream everytime you lie her back to be fed. Even after winding her and giving her a break so might eventually put it back in her mouth but will only chew the teat. We've gone to a faster flow teat which hasn't made any difference. Been to the doctors and they were no help so at my wits end now - anyone have any advice?
by niamh27 18th Jan 2010, 2:41pm
some babies might not like the feel of the bottle teat if it has already had a try of breast .. its said that the breast or the nipple is more that enough of milk for the baby therefore it may not take a bottle .. also its best to use bottle as the male or parnter or a different part of the family can also get a chance to get involved in getting used to the babies ways of drinking.
by ericoco 11th Jan 2010, 3:20pm
my grandson now 13 weeks old started to refuse his bottle or just take small amounts two weeks ago. he was very windy (trumping all the time) and very restless, he was on cow and gate (normal formular) but they have changed him to cow and gate COMFORT. this is for colic/constipation but bassically it has LESS LACTOSE in it. we were thinking he may be lactose intollerant.he has been on this milk for two days now. he is taking more in volumn, pooing more often( before it was only once a day if that). you need to use a teat with a larger hole as the milk is slighty thicker. hopefully things are improving but will let you know :-) i didnt realise this problem was so common. all of the other milks do a COMFORT formular too.
by janeap 14th Dec 2009, 9:35am
my baby girl is 3 months old and often cries witout any apparent reason. she is on bottle feed. i would like to know the detailed proposition as to how to handle the baby including her dietry routine and amount of intake. thanks
by chuni 19th Nov 2009, 9:13am
We've just been through something very similar. First-time parents with a 10 week old girl. She was bottle feeding very nicely up until a week or two ago, increasing her volumes gradually. Then she started to drop the amount she would take. We were worried she wasn't getting enough and so persevered with each feed - too much - and she ended up screaming. She just didn't want it. Same thing as described in the posts below - she pushed the teat out with her tongue, wriggled, turned head, screamed. We've just found out that our baby has oral thrush. This appears as a white layer in the mouth. It looks just like milky-mouth, but it doesn't rinse off. Our baby still had 'milky mouth' by the time her next feed came around. Oral thrush irritates the baby's mouth and makes her feel rubbish - hence the drop in feed size which eventually lead to real difficulty feeding as the thrush got worse. Our GP prescribed Nystatin and she's much better after just 24 hours. One other thing that might have been a factor in our case is she's also picked up a cold. This has only just turned into snotty mucous in the last couple of days, before that there wasn't much evidence of a cold really. Apparently an incoming cold can also cause a drop in appetite for a while. Hope our experience helps someone else out there.
by EviesDaddy 12th Oct 2009, 10:05am
Mummymil this is identical in every way to how my baby is acting. He has always been quite a greedy baby and eats his hands of before a feed he is so eager but at week 10 things are unbearable. the behaviour is exactly the same. Also C+G feed after 2 weeks of breast feeding ( failed ) and mixed feeding on bottle / expressed milk. At 10 weeks old he now cries about 5 seconds after giving him the bottle, as I bring him forward to wind him and then again as I bring him back onto my arm and then its goes round again. Like you at wits end and end up crying my eyes out esp during nbight feeds with the frustration of it it all feeling so helpless. Other times feeds and burps well but goes commatose during the feed and cant wake him even if there was an earthquake. Tried Infacol at around 4 weeks but everytime took 1 ounce and went into the commatose state to gave up everytime through fear of starvation! Been on TommeeTippee Slow Flow 1 teats since birth. Reflux also and possetting since 2 weeks. I have just read this thread back to the beginings and it seems there are so many of us all in the same boat. I felt so alone until now...
by mrswood1 19th Sep 2009, 5:24pm
We've been having an awful time with or now 10 week old and his feeding. I breast fed til 4 weeks and expressed a bit too but it wasn't for us, we then put him on cow&gate stage 1 which was great for about a week but he developed what I thought was colic and would scream everytime we fed him, it would take over an hour to get 4 oz into him!! Our doc advised we put him on sma lactose free milk which made no difference at all so we switched him to aptimil and the doctor prescribed gaviscon thinking the pain may have been reflux. This again was great for a week or 2 but the past 4 or 5 days on and off he has started really fussing, he'll take 2 oz and then wind then he just cries and wriggles for the rest of the feed, he pushes the teat put with his tongue, has started trying to knock the bottle away with his hands and shakes his head. I am at my wits end!!! I've even started trying him on a bit of baby rice as I'm worried he's not getting enough food! Has anyone else experienced this? I'm hoping he grows out of it soon.
by Mummymil 7th Sep 2009, 11:31am
I have been breast feeding my son for 11 weeks and when my son started getting colic i gave him some drops in expressed milk from a bottle as i struggled to express enough milk for every feed my husband would give him some drops in a formual feed at night to give me a break, He always took these feeds with no problem, when his colic strated getting better we just carried on giving him one bottle in the night, and once during the day when we were out, He has now started teething and will not take a bottle at all he will just chew it and cry. His grandparents are really looking forward to having him a couple of afternoons a week when he is 3 months and i was looking forward to a bit of me time but now i'm not sure what to do, please help
by LisaD28 7th Sep 2009, 11:30am
Dear autumnrain. Mabye its the flow of the nipple that is causing your twins to cry, Try using a slow flow. I had to use the drop ins with the silicone nipple. Sometimes its the type of bottle so try some different ones. is your baby;s on solids. try giving some baby apple sauce or pears to soften the poop. i never heard of colic causing contipation. also try getting them active like jumping in the jolly jumper. or jumparoo. someties the formula contains high iron, try a lower iron formula. baby may be having difficulty passing the formula. try these things and tell me if they work. I'll try and do some research and ask my friends. but be patient.
by Mommymeghan 6th Aug 2009, 9:39am
I have set of twins on the 13th they will be 4 months old...We are having issues she is constipated,they put her on (Kristalose) now its more diarrhea...but when she is trying to have bowel movements she gasps for air.. All the doctors around here are so easy to blame everything on colic...I dont think colic causes constipation and causes a baby to gasp for air ..she is a bottle fed baby and always took good to the bottle and now she really doesnt eat much and when i try to feed her she gulps and its loud ..then she starts crying like it hurts..I dont know what it could be cause we cant get any answers from any doc. Its always colic..Please Someone help if you are going thru the same thing ,Thanks
by autumnrainz 4th Aug 2009, 12:57pm
Hi there, I am a mum to 5 children ranging from 12 years to almost 6 months.
Mommymeghan and carolinemarbles, Please try not to fret too much (Believe me I know it's hard, my 2 year old still won't eat and was born 5 weeks early and lost 2 1/2 lb in 8 days when we had him from refusing to feed).
Assuming your babies have no undrlying medical conditions, were not premie babies and are not currently ill or teething and are gaining some weight ... everything should be ok.
If they sleep at night for more than 5 hours... they are getting enough through the day to sustain them. PLease try the following:
1.Don't feed your baby until they are very hungry. DONT leave them for more than 6 hours however.
2.try offering completely cooled milk or even cold(if you are thawing frozen breast milk (my youngest will only drink milk if it is cold on the inside of my wrist!)
3.Try offering from a beaker instead of bottle (not when she is over hungry)
4. Add all milk to your puree's or baby rice if all else fails but try and remember:
NO child will starve themselves. PLease hang in there!
Oh and you could also try putting the bottle teat over your nipple while giving a breast feed and getting them used to the bottle this way (again... i tried this and it worked with our 4 yr old daughter.)
by mummyto3boys2girls 8th Jul 2009, 9:14am
Hi. I have a 6 month old daughter and she has always been a nightmare to feed. At first she was a sleepy feeder, then possible reflux, then full of wind and now she just doesn't seem that bothered about milk and will only have it when she is so exhausted (she won't nap) she wants something to comfort her to sleep. We're now trying to wean but of course all the advice assumes you have a baby who consistently takes full feeds, not one who pleases herself as to how much or how often. I spend my entire day dealing with bottles/milk and now purees. I don't think anyone can appreciate how hard it is to have a poor feeder until they've had to do it themselves.
by carolinemarbles 26th Jun 2009, 9:00am
I can't believe there are so many other parents with the same problem but no solution. Our beautiful baby girl of 3 months was drinking bottle fine until about 2months and then starting fussing, wriggling, shaking her head and crying when it is time to feed. It is so exhausting. I look at other mothers and how easy there feeding is, Have tried different bottles and teats but she will only sort of take the ones she is used too. Does anyone know why this is happening?
by katiesmom 14th May 2009, 9:41am
We also have same problem with my daughter!....13 weeks old now and was feeding really well until about 2 weeks ago when she has started shaking head and crying etc as many of you have described!......I have been reading through this and it seems most people are going through the same thing yet no one has posted a possible soloution or cause??........can someone please help as HV unhelpful!!!....Thank you
by Samstar 11th May 2009, 11:38am
Hi everyone. I am looking for the same solution as Zoryan, can anyone please advise what to do when the baby fusses over the bottle.

BL (deseperatley looking for a solution)
by bl 8th May 2009, 9:53am
Hi everyone. Zoryan did you get any advice on the fussing over the bottles? It sounds so similar to my 10 week old baby, who Im certain is teething. The last week or so she has been screaming and wriggling, arching her back while Im trying to feed her, but shes hungry. Tried mam bottles and different teats but its not helping. She was drinking 6/7oz each feed, 4 times a day, then sleeping from 8pm til 8am but now I struggle to get 3/4oz into her. I have noticed a few parents have the same problem at around the same age, does anyone have any advice????? Thanks
by lolmac 20th Apr 2009, 9:30am
Hi everyone, my 5 month old daughter has been having the occasional formula bottle since she was 3 weeks old and never had a problem, but for the last month she goes from loving the bottle to hateing the bottle back to loving it and so on, she is mainly breastfed but i have to wean her onto the bottle full time due to work and study, i am also going away with my hubby for 5 nights in 4 weeks time. Does anyone have any helpfull advice for me?
by jess6009 14th Apr 2009, 12:45pm
Hi, did anyone get any help with this? My baby is now 9 weeks old. She was 6 weeks old when she completely gave up on breastfeeding and had been absolutely fine with bottles until 3 days ago when she started opening her mouth, screaming, struggling, pushing away from me and the bottle, etc. The health visitor suggested moving onto medium flow teats which seemed like a sensible solution but it hasn't helped at all. It now takes an hour and a half of 5mls at a time then winding to get anything in her. But she is desperately hungry and wants the bottle as soon as she has pushed it out of her mouth. Any help?
by karengoodlad 9th Apr 2009, 9:26am
My little boy is 13 weeks old and about a week ago started fussing when I fed him his bottle, I thought it might be that he needed new teats so switched to the medium flow ones, but he's still cries and turns his head away from the bottle and doesn't seem to want it at all even though he seems hungry, I'm not sure whether or not he's teething but he is dribbling a lot and wants to chew my hands and his own fingers a lot so not sure whether ir's just that his gums hurt and that's why he doesn't want his bottle. Does anyone else have this problem???
by zoryan 10th Mar 2009, 8:49am
hi my 6 wk old little boy will sometimes have his bottle ok but a majority of the time he just spits the milk out, its as though he doesnt suck and swallow the milk but keeps it in his mouth then spits it out. the health visitor told me to try variable flow teats but this made things 10 times worse so i have gone back to the slow flow teats. its very frustrating as u dont no how much of the milk he is drinking and he then wants more an hour later which again is hard going. i dont no what to do to help him can any one suggest anything????
by loopylys26 2nd Mar 2009, 9:25am
Never joined one of these discussions but feeling a bit low and wondering if you can help! Have lovely 12 week old babe who was bottle fed from day one (cant breast feed for various reasons to expressed for 6 weeks until I swapped to bottle feeding). She was fine on bottle from day one (Avent) - but then developed Colic so I swapped to Dr Browns which helped a little I guess. She has always been a bit more whingy than my other two - but recently she has started throwing up the majortiy of her feeds and is now refusing the bottle. Its very distressing as I can only get around a couple of ounces in her at any one go - and that is always with some distress from both her and me. She was taking around 5 ounces every three hours 4 weeks ago so I really dont understand why.....Doc said it might be reflux so I have had her on gaviscon infant for last 10 days but she is kicking up more of a fuss than ever (though being sick slightly less) so as of tonight I have changed formula (sma to aptimel) changed bottle (Dr Brownd to Tommy Tippee) and left out gaviscon! I am at my wits end as she is loosing weight and she is only small babe anyway.
DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY ADVICE? And please dont tell me to stop swapping things around as I am desperate and just trying to find something that works!
by Phoebe74 2nd Feb 2009, 10:44am
Hi guys!
I pleaded a few weeks ago for advice on how i can get my baby to take the bottle. My husband and I spent 8 agonising days to get our 4 months old to take a bottle and we lost. it was also a very distressing time for the LO. Then I had an argument with my hubby and stormed off for some fresh air. On the way, decided to buy all sorts of bottle i could find. We had already spent a little fortune of Timmee Toppees, Advent, Breasflows... etc. After a few days of baby not having any bottle, i decided to try again and gave him one of the new bottles i had bought. HE TOOK IT STRAIGHT AWAY!! I could not believe my eyes!! its been over a week now and the LO only has formula (Aptamil) in his bottle. I only breast feed at night What a relief for my hubby and I!! The bottle in question is called MAM Bottle.It is sold in large Boots store or Mothercare. i realised that baby was not taking the other bottles cause their teats were no spill teats. so baby had to suck really hard to get some milk. he hated it. The MAM bottle teats are free flow. so when it is turned upside down, the milk flows freely. Baby does not have to suck hard and he has a constant flow of milk. he takes his bottle without any fuss. And he used to vomit when i was giving him Cow & Gate or SMA formula. but he tolerates Aptamil very well and also likes the taste because Aptamil tastes more like breast milk. it also has more breast milk properties than the other formula milks. I give him one serving of baby rice at lunch and dinner topped up with about 120 mls of formula milk and he is so much more settled at night. If Your LO is constipated try giving him about 50mls of luke warm boiled water evryday (Doctor's advice). It works! Well, parents who are still pulling their hair, I hope that my experience will help you too. Good Luck..
by Jem1j8d 27th Jan 2009, 8:56am
hi guys, i just thought i would say that i don't think it's a major problem if they are taking less than they used to, as long as they aren't losing weight and are still generally healthy. It may have been that they were going through a growth spurt and no longer need as much, or it may be that babies who are being spoon fed no longer need as much milk as they did before, all these things can add to babies needing less, and the person with the 7 month old, your baby will be getting nutrients from the spoon feeds as well as the milk. If anyone is really worried about their babies, i would suggest chatting to your health visitors or a health professional ;)
by jetthejinx 20th Jan 2009, 9:31am
Hi my baby is 12 weeks old. He is on SMA Gold formula milk. He used to drink 6 bottles of 4 oz of milk a day but now he has 5 oz but has cut down to only 3 or 4 bottles a day. He has his last feed at 2am and then he won't have another until 12pm or 1pm. Is that normal? What do i do?
by Henariaz 19th Jan 2009, 9:51am
D4N1- I'm having the same issue with my 3 1/2 month old. She will eat around 2 1/2 ounces when she used to eat around 4 ounces. She started that right after we got back from vacation. Have you found anything out? I'm stressed out and worried about her. Does anyone have any ideas?
by jscourtney 15th Jan 2009, 5:33pm
I also have a 4 month old son who has previously been very good with his bottles. All of a sudden he shakes his head and pushes his bottle away, this only happens between 9>30am and 6pm. His night time feeds are great. He really fuses with his day time bottles and im lucky to get him to take half a bottle before a screaming match happens. Please help, I dont understand why this is happening?
by d4n1 7th Jan 2009, 8:51am
I would like to hear the suggestions that some of you are getting cause my 4 month old baby is always rejetting the bottle all of the sudden. She used to take and drank her bottles very good but now she sakes her head, moves it away with her hands and fuses. Why would she do that all of the sudden? Please give me some suggestions.
jdja mom
by Newmom25 5th Jan 2009, 9:20am
my baby is four months plus but still refuses the bottle when he is fed with milk, but he love to take water from it and i wonder why? Am concerned because i feel he is not as big as he should be you know weighing 8.4 kg and all. Do you think he could still get used to it in the end?
by hassy 26th Nov 2008, 9:11am
My little boy is 7 months old and is going off his formula milk, he only seems to drink about 12 oz a day split into 3 bottles. He doesn't seem interested at all, is this ok as im worried hes not getting enough iron and vitamins?
by bingowings 18th Nov 2008, 8:39am
my daughter is 2 mths old. i started mixed feeding her a couple of weeks back. all was well but of late she fusses during breast feeding-first few minutes are fine but after about 10 mins of feeding she starts fussing,shaking her head and is visibly agitated-can any one help?
by sudarshana 13th Nov 2008, 9:32am
I followed the Gina regime (but not strictly) pretty much from day 1 - was breast feeding and giving always 1 bottle a day at late evening feed, plus on occasion other days. all went well until 10-12 weeks when we started having intermitten "bottle protests" where she would be hungry but scream and cry - we perserved and eventually she got better and now takes breast & bottle with no stress. SO dont give up they can take both they just need to learn they have to take both! she is now 6months and sleeping 7-7 so we cant complain.
by JulesHawk 10th Nov 2008, 9:48am
My 3 month old has started doing exactlly the same - shaking his head and refusing to eat. he now knows his hands can join in the battle too! Any suggestions?
by PWhitelaw 20th Oct 2008, 10:53am
I didnt realise it would be difficult to get my son to take a bottle after 3 months of successful breast feeding, and was very frustrated when I decided to try it, he screamed, cried and gagged on all the different teats and foumulas and even expressed breast milk I tried him with. I decided to stick with Tommee Tippee bottles with Aptamil (fast flow teats). My partner tried to feed him every day at about 6.30pm for two weeks, he refused it every time but we kept trying, I had to leave the room and cried most days. When I breast feed him I use a feeding pillow, so I made sure my partner did NOT use the pillow, so my son didnt think he was getting a breast feed. After two or so weeks, my son took the bottle and drank 4oz without throwing it up. He now takes three 4oz bottles a day and I breast feed him in the morning, evening and during the night IF he wakes up. My breasts are making less milk and this had started my periods again. It has been an emotional roller coaster but we got there in the end, hope this helps anyone.x
by prim 29th Sep 2008, 5:37pm
by icekw 22nd Sep 2008, 9:01am
My 12 week old daughter has also just started fussing and shaking her head away from the bottle during her feeds. She is hungry because in the next instant she wants it back?? HELP PLEASE!!
by Jules0379 16th Sep 2008, 8:59am
My 12 week old little boy has started shaking his head while I'm trying to feed him. He only does it during the day and its really getting me frustrated. Has anyone any suggestons please.
by judith1302 23rd Jul 2008, 9:21am
message to Kylie and Kaylloyd - my four and a half son is also doing the exactly same thing - shaking his head away from the bottle then crying cos he wants it back. I worked in a nursery for 6 years and never experienced this, it's so strange. i've no idea why he does it. I'm getting so frustrated. Did either of you receive any suggestions?
by Kymsie 20th May 2008, 8:41am
message for KALLOYD you posted a post back in 4/6/07 re your babys bottle feeding iam having major problems with my 4 month old son doing exactly the same thing just after if you found a solution atall? many thanks kylie
by smiles 21st Apr 2008, 8:38am
please tell me is this is okay....I have a 15 wk old baby boy who only drinks 4 and 1/2 oz each feed and thats around about evry 3hrs except during the night when he wakes evry 4 hours. Is it okay for him to only be drinking that much as I've been told he should be drinking at least 5 oz each feed evry 4-5hrs?
Also how would I then go about stretching his feeds longer therefore hopefully making him drink more?
please please help!!!
by lola123 14th Apr 2008, 8:42am
Hi, Wonder if anyone can help me my 10 week old baby is taking 5 oz every 4 hrs starting at 7.30 am but coming to her evening drink at 7.30pm she starts crying and will only drink about 2-3 ozs as she is so tired.As soon as I put her into her cot she falls fast asleep and then could wake up at 3 or 4 am and take only 3 oz. Could someone please advise me on what I can do to get her to drink more during the evening. She sleeps well during the day.
by Demelza 7th Dec 2007, 10:47am
Somebody can help me??I was expecting when i was told i have breast cancer.We decided to keep the baby soo we have a chemobaby Caroline,now she is 4 months.=i had my right breast remouved and 4 chemoterapy in pregnancy=and i was induced 6 weeks earlier because i started my strongest chemo after delivery.I'm bottle feeding her and she doesn't eat weel...less than less.Before she was drinking 120ml every 4 hours and now maybe half of that,she is pushing out the nipple .i tried with other kind of nipple is not getting better.3 doctors told me she is ok but i am concerned about her...what can i do??
by chemobaby 26th Nov 2007, 8:39am
I have a 19 week baby girl who has just decided she doesnt want to have her bottle anymore, she was taking 80% bottle and 20% breast but now she has gone off the bottle all of a sudden (causing us lots of stress).

Can anyone offer any help please.
by Rosie 3rd Jul 2007, 4:31pm
does any one else have problems with their baby sometimes fussing at the bottle ,squirming, head shaking when drinking form the bottle and then when you take it away from them they cry and scream
by kaylloyd 4th Jun 2007, 8:34am