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7 reasons why baby refuses to take a bottle


  • Why does baby reject his bottle of milk?
  • What can you do to get your baby back to his bottle of milk quickly?
  • Is it possible to compensate for the lack of bottle feeding with dairy products?
  • What to remember from this article

Is your baby sulking and refusing to drink his bottle of milk? This is a stressful situation that many parents face.

Milk is an essential food for the health and growth of your child. It is therefore important to find solutions to resolve this problem. If you are faced with such a situation, the first thing to do is to understand the causes of this refusal of a bottle. 🍼

➔ Is the milk too hot?
➔ What about the texture of milk?
➔ Is the bottle teat suitable for your baby?

THE accessories must in fact be adapted so that your baby can drink his milk comfortably. Discover in this last part of our blog 7 reasons that could explain why the apple of your eye refuses to take its bottle! 🤱

Why does baby reject his bottle of milk?

It can happen that a baby refuses to take his bottle of milk even though he was drinking without any problem before. In this case, don't panic! You just need to understand the reasons for this refusal.

● Teething,
● colic, reflux,
● intolerance to cow's milk proteins,
● unsuitable pacifier…

There are so many reasons that can explain this refusal.

If the bottle is the cause of the problem, you can easily find special breastfeeding bottles or anti colic. Visit our store to quickly find what you’re looking for! 😉

1 # Baby is sick

If your little one is sick, he may actually refuse to take his bottle. In this case, it is important to consult a pediatrician to be able to relieve it. Do not practice self-medication! Always respect the dosages indicated on the medication packaging (which, apart from paracetamol available in pharmacies, will all be prescribed to you by a doctor).

2 # He is teething

A lack of appetite can also occur when your baby is teething. In addition, contact of the pacifier on these gums can be painful. Fortunately, teething only lasts a few days , and the first teeth are often the most painful.

3 # Baby has digestive problems

If in addition to refusing to take his bottle, your baby is in pain, cries a lot or spits up, he may be suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) . Opt for one anti-regurgitation bottle or an anti-colic bottle to reduce symptoms. We repeat it often... But in the event of reflux and colic in infants, seeking the advice of a pediatrician is of course essential.

4 # Baby gets tired of milk or bottle

The baby can express his desire to switch to another feeding mode, different from the powdered milk or breast milk, by refusing to take a bottle. This phenomenon can occur around 4 to 6 months. Dietary diversification can now begin and you can offer your baby to drink from a cup or cup! 🥣

5 # The transition from breast to bottle is difficult for baby

The transition from the breast to artificial milk with the bottle is a recurring cause of a baby refusing a bottle. This is explained by the fact that the bottle, especially the teat, does not have the same smell, the same texture, nor the same shape as the breast. For a natural, colic-free feeding, a special breastfeeding bottle with a slow-flow teat to limit the risk of breast/pacifier confusion remains the most suitable.

6 # The pacifier is not suitable!

It is also possible that the baby refuses to take his bottle of milk because of the pacifier! This can in fact have a flow too fast or on the contrary, a flow rate too slow . This can also come from the shape of the pacifier: anatomical, physiological, cherry tip... Each baby has his or her preferences and it is sometimes necessary to do several tries before finding the shape of pacifier that suits your baby.

7# The environment is not conducive to meals

The conditions and place where you provide meals are criteria to take into account. Agitation, noise, screens… These different elements are sources of distraction. So, if you sit comfortably in a quiet room to give your baby a bottle, there is a chance that the situation will improve!

What can you do to get your baby back to his bottle of milk quickly?

The answer is simple:

1. Find the exact cause of the problem,
2. Implement appropriate solutions.

First of all, done by elimination ! Among the 7 reasons cited above that may push your child to refuse to drink his bottle, which ones best suit your situation?

For the knowledge :
● observe your baby’s behavior,
● ask the opinion of your partner or people close to them,
● think about the events that you and your child have gone through recently (moving, cold, recent vaccination, new tooth, changing milk, etc.)

For example, if you think the problem comes from the artificial milk you are giving him, it will then make sense to change the formula.
For information, milk must be adapted to the age and needs of your baby.

- If he suffers from GERD or has an intolerance to PLV (cow's milk proteins), a special milk may be prescribed.

- If, on the other hand, you suspect the bottle of being solely responsible for these perpetual refusals, don't wait to find one that will be more likely to convince your child. 😉
To help you in your search, here are some basic criteria to respect:

● A bottle with a soft texture and easy to maintain: A bottle with a soft texture, made of silicone for example, is ideal for offering your baby good support and greater ease of use when he drinks his milk.
This neomaterial, non-allergenic and unbreakable, is perfectly suited to food contact. Free from any harmful substances likely to harm the health of babies, it does not release any microplastics into baby's milk.

● A bottle limiting the passage of air: New parents, confused by colic phenomena, can trust bottles equipped with a special valve to reduce the ingestion of air.
A ventilation system integrated into the teat will allow good air circulation and prevent your baby from being bloated.

● A fun bottle that awakens the senses: What could be more interesting than a bottle with which you can also have fun while having fun?
A soft or soft-to-the-touch bottle, for example...Depending on the materials, you will find bottles that are close to the nursing breast, a detail that will be perfect for a breastfed baby or a weaning baby!


If no obvious results appear, start your investigations from the beginning by eliminating the causes from your list one by one. 📝

As long as your child's growth curve is satisfactory, there is no reason to worry. But don't wait to find out what refutes baby every time he takes a bottle. 👶

Is it possible to compensate for the lack of bottle feeding with dairy products?

You can enter a small unsweetened white cheese if your baby has started dietary diversification and after obtaining approval from your doctor. Dairy products require calcium intake in toddlers' diets. 

The ideal is to favor products from organic farming . Don't forget to offer him water to keep him hydrated, either in a bottle or sippy cup. However, milk remains the main food for babies up to 12 months.

What to remember from this article

➔ Sometimes babies refuse to drink their bottle of milk. Consulting a pediatrician first remains the best solution to understand the causes of this obstinacy.

➔ As a parent, you can also act on your own by proceeding by elimination and eliminating the possible causes of rejection one by one. Generally speaking, the problem comes from a bottle not adapted to the situation experienced by the child (colic, reflux, mixed breastfeeding, etc.)

➔ Silicone baby bottles, softer, more flexible and lighter, allow babies more pleasure than plastic or glass bottles, which are too heavy, too rigid and therefore less reassuring. Opting for a medical grade silicone baby bottle, selected with the highest standards, also ensures the good health of your baby. 💝

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