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My 5 months old baby is refusing to take bottle, how to solve ?

Hi Doctor , I have a 5 month old baby. I exclusively breastfeed him. Occasionally I was giving him bottle (dr. browns) with my milk till 4 months and he had no issues going back n forth. He got his lower 2 teeth around 9-10 days after his 4th month. Around the time he was 4 months he started to fiddle with the bottle more than drinking and now he completely refuses the bottle, tries to bite it, and then if we persist, starts crying! Please help. He nurses several times during day and nite hence its getting difficult. Thanks. Piya
Asked On : Tue, 1 Feb 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
hi Priya,thank for query.The reason for fiddling is the pleasure that he is getting out it,when ever dentition is in process there is itch in the gums and he likes put things in his mouth which gives some relief.Any way bottle feeding is not be encouraged to any one.It is good that he himself is not accepting it,in most of the cases the situation is other way .Continue breast feed him exclusively at least for 6 months,any top feeding has to be given by spoon only.Do not feed him at night.This does not serve any purpose and leads to problems in your routine.
wishing him good health.
Answered: Wed, 17 Aug 2011
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Pediatrician, Infectious Diseases Dr. Hema Yadav's  Response
Hi Piya
Welcome to HCM
You must be aware that all over the world exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for first 6 months now, so your baby is actually right in demanding his feed.
But if you are a working mother you might need to give him expressed breast milk.In that case too, spoon feeding is preferred over bottle feeding.After 6 months you can even introduce solids like cereals and mashed fruits.try feeding him with its ok if your baby never bottle feed s.
The most imp is for baby to grow well, so monitor his weight gain regularly.

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