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!

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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 :

Here is a useful article about weaning from one of the Health Units in Ontario. Here are their suggestions for weaning:

The key to healthy weaning is that it must be gradual:

● Replace one feeding at a time.

● It is easiest to begin by stopping the feeding your baby wants the least, or seems most distracted or least interested in. For example, instead of breastfeeding mid- morning, take baby to the park, read a book, or have a snack or drink from a spoon or cup.

● Gradually, feedings can be replaced one at a time. Wait between a few days and two
weeks before replacing another nursing time to allow your baby to get used to this change and to prevent yourself from having overfull breasts.

● The weaning method of “don’t offer, don’t refuse” often works best for most mothers and babies. Basically, this means that you do not offer your baby your breast for one feeding at a time. However, if your baby is interested in breastfeeding at the feeding you are trying to replace, you do not refuse him the feeding. Weaning does not mean refusing to let baby nurse, it means gradually releasing your baby from breastfeeding.

● Try to limit situations that encourage breastfeeding (for example, avoid sitting in the rocking chair you always sit in to nurse), but be open to breastfeeding during baby’s needful periods of the day.

● Expect nap nursing and night nursing sessions to be the last to end.

● When one of you is ready to end breastfeeding before bedtime, you should already
have a bedtime routine or nap routine which includes quieting activities such as: reading bedtime stories; a back rub and a lullaby; or a healthy snack, bath, and pajamas. Lots of exercise earlier in the day helps your little one prepare for rest.

● It is often helpful to have dad or another caregiver fulfill these evening routines so
baby does not think of breastfeeding; this also allows important contact time between father and child.

● If your baby is upset, it is helpful to increasingly offer other sources of comfort other than the breast such as stories, toys, games, songs, outings, and projects. As you
develop playful interactions instead of breastfeeding, your child will slowly learn to be content with them and prefer them as a substitute to breastfeeding.

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