Do You Have a Breastfed Baby Who Refuses the Bottle? Here’s a Strange Solution That Makes Sense!

8 pack of latex nipples with  medium flow

8 pack of latex nipples with medium flow

Buy a bottle with a Latex Nipple. And if you have a fast let-down when breast-feeding (a lot comes out and fast) then buy the Medium flow Latex nipple. Gerber Essentials makes them. And I know Playtex Nurser also makes them, although they are harder to find. Here’s my story and why this strange solution makes absolute sense:

Both my oldest son, Kanan, and my newest infant, Scotland refused to take the bottle. With Kanan, I had been nursing him for about 5 months and needed to return to work. I was so upset when he refused the bottle I offered him. I bought a fancy Dr. Brown’s and he refused. Then I tried other expensive bottles that so many mother’s swore by. Nope. He hated them all. In desperation one day, I finally pulled out the cheap platex nurser bottle with the yellow Latex nipple, from the back of my cupboard. One that I got as a babyshower gift that I thought nothing of. With all the fancy colic-free bottles out there, why have my child drink from cheap bottle I could buy at the grocery store, right?

He took it.

The only thing I could think of as to why he would take that one, was that the latex nipple had a texture more closely resembling skin. Silicone nipples do not at all. I tried all the bottles with the “real breast-like” shaped nipples. But they were all silicone.

Then three children later, I got another child who refused the fancy bottles with the silicone nipples. Similarly, I was getting ready to go back to work. I bought four different ones. All resembling breast like shapes. I even sought after the Platex nurser with the latex nipple. Couldn’t find the latex nippled versions (it has been 7 years. They may have just phased them out), so I bought the silicone nipple version, thinking maybe it was just the nipple shape after all. Nope. Scotland refused them all.

Finally the week I am at work, after two days of my daughter giving her daycare provider hell, and making her resort to feeding her with a syringe, I decided to head back to the grocery store to find another option.

On the bottom shelf, there stood these bottles for like $2.50. The cheapest in the store. They were called Gerber Essentials. They had silicone nipples, but there was a 10 pack of medium-flow latex nipples, selling next to the bottles. My daughter was only 10 weeks old at the time. Too young for a medium flow nipple. But I thought it was worth the shot.

Sure enough, she took it.

Now I think I figured out why. First, I still believe that the latex texture is more skin-like than silicone. Hands down. But I think there may be something to the medium-flow as well.

See I’ve always had a fast let down. When the milk comes out, it comes out fast. I can hear my baby gulping fast to keep up with it. I wonder if the slow-flow of the newborn bottles is just too slow for my children’s taste because they have gotten used to my let down. They don’t have to work as hard. Those slow-flow bottles are just too slow for them. 🙂 I remember my son, the first to take the latex nipple, took it, but then I switched to medium flow because it just took him forever to finish the bottle and he would get frustrated half way through. Once I switched to fast flow, he loved it (Platex latex nipples do not come in medium flow).

I’ve come to believe this is not just my story, but a common story. Just in chitchat with a few other women in my life, I have already met two others whose children preferred the cheap, grocery store latex nipples sold by Platex and Gerber.

They are hard to find these days in the higher end stores. The best bet is to find them at the grocery store or on the internet. For your convenience I’m including links to them here as well. They are affiliate links so there’s no extra charge to you, but if you buy them through the links I send, I get a small share of Amazon’s profit to help support my blog.

Please respond if you get positive results! I would love to know if my theory works for other desperate mothers out there. 🙂 These here are the nipples, I recommend.

Gerber First Essential Clear View BPA Free Plastic Nurser With Latex Nipple, Assorted Colors, 9 Ounce, 3 Pack

Playtex BPA Free Drop-Ins NaturaLatch Latex Nipple – Fast Flow – 2 Pack

Playtex Drop In Liners for Nurser Bottles, 100 Count

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10 thoughts on “Do You Have a Breastfed Baby Who Refuses the Bottle? Here’s a Strange Solution That Makes Sense!

  1. I used Evenflo nipples when I first introduced a bottle to my baby at around 8 weeks. He just had it in his mouth trying to chew it or he’d push it out with his tongue. This kept happening every time I gave him a bottle until once when his 2 only glass bottles were dirty at the same time and I had to use a Baby King plastic bottle that I had gotten from a friend and he took it well. It didn’t occur to me that the texture of the nipple was different from his regular ones until about at 13 weeks when I’d been trying to get him to suck on his bottles and he didn’t until I put the teat from the plastic bottle on to his regular glass bottle and he took it well again. I immediately told his father to seek the Baby King nipples and luckily he got them. They are so much softer than the Evenflo classic nipples. I almost went out to buy latex nipples, but I know that they don’t last long and they take a bit extra maintenance (rubbing salt on them).

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  2. I’m having troubles getting my 7 month old daughter to take the bottle. I have tried different nipples and bottles as well. I just bought the latex ones from Gerber to try tomorrow. Fingers crossed! Hope it works. I’ll comeback to let you know how it went.

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      • HI! Well it worked! First she kind of bit the nipple and play with it, others nipples I have tried she didn’t even let me put them in her mouth. I didn’t force her just put the nipple on her lips with a bit of milk for her to taste on the tip and she started to chew on it. I had to stop trying for a week because she got her vaccines so I felt it was to much to ask from her. Today we tried again and she actually drank 3 ounces! I know people could say that’s nothing but men she is strong will like no other baby I have seen, I honestly thought it was Impossible after trying so many bottles and nipples. This worked like a charm. I have to add that I had to hide from her while my mom was giving her the bottle and I used breast milk, but I’m planning to switch slowly to formula as soon as she is more familiar with the bottle. Thank you so much for your advice.

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      • You are so welcome! Hope all went well with the formula switch. I do a mix of bm and formula first and slowly move to all formula. God bless!

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