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Granarchist Fri 23-Sep-16 19:02:03

A good girlfriend is coming home early from holiday to babysit her 3 month old grand daughter for a few hrs while the happy parents go out for lunch with friends. But ....... turns out her plane is going to be a bit late so I have offered to have the little darling so the parents can leave in good time with no stress. The little angel is refusing to take a bottle so I have suggested the mother wack as much into the baby as possible before she goes and leaves me with a bottle of formula and one of water. Any suggestions out there for babies who took a bottle easily at birth so the mother did not bother doing it again and now of course she is being a little tricky!!!!!

trisher Fri 23-Sep-16 20:04:38

Granarchist my youngest refused to take a bottle he went straight to a 'sippy cup' apparently it's to do with the different action needed for breast feeding. There are special teats available that are supposed to be better but I think some babies are just difficult. My GS only took expressed breast milk from a bottle he hated formula. Good luck hope your friend isn't late!

f77ms Fri 23-Sep-16 20:38:55

That is a tricky one , I only fed mine for two weeks then they went onto a bottle -( I hated breastfeeding but managed two weeks each time ) As they are only out for lunch and the Gran may arrive during that short time I would think the little darling will survive even if she has nothing , I would suggest earplugs just incase !

Badenkate Fri 23-Sep-16 22:24:13

I had to stop breast feeding younger son at 6 months and he refused a bottle completely, so he went onto a feeder cup quite happily.

rubysong Fri 23-Sep-16 22:58:09

Maybe she would take expressed milk from a plastic spoon. I know it would be slow but it might work if you (and she) were desperate.

Teetime Sat 24-Sep-16 09:12:32

Well it may be Ok straight away but of not you are going to be doing a lot of jiggling and singing and walking the floor . Good Luck hope it goes OK its lovely to get a baby to cuddle if only for a short while.

Granarchist Sat 24-Sep-16 10:11:18

yup Teetime - that was my ulterior motive!!! Rubysong - that is a very good idea.
My DGD was a nightmare to get to take a bottle - as her parents were leaving her with me for a week for their first holiday she simply had to. DD read a book which bluntly said - if you get run over by a bus she would HAVE to take it. 8 hrs of refusal and phew she broke and then DD gave her one bottle a day after she got back to keep the habit going. I think if mothers introduce a bottle early on, just once a day then the cross over is much easier. My own DC went straight to feeder beaker.
Looking forward to my cuddles

rubylady Sat 24-Sep-16 11:57:29

If the mummy is going to try to fill up baby before she goes out, then her milk is going to come back in fairly quickly and she is going to be either leaking or uncomfortable while she is out at lunch, poor woman. Maybe try a teaspoon or a syringe out of the Calpol? Just trickle it down the inside of the cheek? It's what I do when my doggie needs medicine or won't drink. I don't know really, I breastfed for 6 months and 8 months respective with my two. I loved it, was sore, bleeding at first, but once I got over that bit it was a joy, cheap and something only I could do for them. All their other care could be done by anyone else really, not that it was, but it could have done. Good luck. smile

Judthepud2 Sat 24-Sep-16 13:41:53

Hopefully it is just for a short time and the baby doesn't get hungry while you have her. At that age you could perhaps distract her for a while by carrying her round looking at colourful or jingly things. Or singing songs. Good luck!