Hi there, I hope I can get some help and advice here as I am going crazy!!
My little 6 month boy, has always been a slow feeder and never hugely hungrey. But for the last few weeks, (just before I started weening) he reluctently starts a feed from his bottle but as soon as the teat comes out of his mouth, after about 80mls, he refuses point blank to take it back. If you keep trying, he winges and turns his head away. He lips are glued together, it would seem! As I am on the second week of weening I then put him in his bouncer for his solids. He will take it, but he is so busy looking round at things it takes some time. I then try to give him more milk and nope, not having it! What is also strange is that his morning bottle is one of his worse and you would think he would be starving! He tries to hold the bottle and when he does, lying in cot, he will open his mouth and try and feed, but he hasn't quite got the coordination. Tried him with a spouted beaker today. He knew what to do. The thing is I had it on the non - spill setting and he didn't get anything out, took it off and he flooded himself!!
I really am finding it hard to cope with this and getting so stressed out (he also wakes about 4am and whinges to himself, so feeling very tired). I know I shouldn't get worked up, but I want him to eat, I can't help but worry!
Any advice would be hugely welcome, thanks so much!
Although my daughter didn't have too much difficulty taking a bottle, I do remember a few things from early on.
It helped if Daddy or someone else gave her the bottle, especially if I had milk (my daughter had a difficulty latching early on so I had to pump and bottle feed a lot). I have some friends where mom had to be in a completely different room in order for baby to take the bottle.
I'm not sure how you've gone about weaning so far but here's some advice I found online when responding to this question http://moms4mom.com/questions/5480/how-do-i-start-weaning-my-six-month-old/5482#5482 :
answered 22 Dec '10, 15:07