What to Do When Baby Refuses a Bottle
Don't Force It
Let your baby explore the nipple with his mouth. But don't push it past the gums. That can irritate and frustrate your baby.
If your baby gets upset or doesn't eat after about 10 minutes, take a break. It's better to leave on a happy note than end with bad feelings about feedings.
Pass the Feeding Job to Dad
"Many times babies who are struggling to take a bottle, especially breast-fed babies, will not take it from mom," Shope says. The baby might resist even if he hears or smells mom nearby.
Let dad try to bottle-feed the baby, preferably in a different room.
"Often if the father, or anyone but the mother, offers the baby a bottle, he or she will take it," Hes says.
Keep trying, and don't give up too soon. It may take a few days before it clicks.
But if your baby continues to have difficult feedings, loses weight, or isn't progressing, talk to your pediatrician.