We are at a super fun chapter in E's little life....formula refusal.
Over the past few weeks Emily has been eating less and less formula (down from 26oz a day to maybe 20 on a good day) and getting her to take a bottle was taking some serious distracting. But yesterday and today we have moved on to full out refusal to take her bottle.
I've tried putting it in a sippy cup, a regular cup, a different bottle, different nipple flow- no go.
I've tried adding juice to the bottle, feeding her in every imaginable position and every room in our house- no go.
I've tried letting her feed herself- nope, she throws the bottle across the room.
We even tried giving her some formula with a syringe this morning and she just spits it out.
A couple of people suggested getting her ears checked and that some babies don't want a bottle when teething because it hurts to suck. This makes sense because she is starting to cut her top front teeth, but she is still taking her pacifier and sucking away.
When I called her pediatrician's office yesterday, they told me she should be getting 26-32 oz a day. I told them I could only get her to drink 15. They said to wait a couple of days and call back.
Yesterday she went 15.5 hours without a bottle and today it's been almost 7 hours since she had a bottle. She is still eating her oatmeal, fruits and veggies at breakfast, lunch and dinner. I even tried cutting back on her food yesterday to see if she would get hungry for a bottle, that didn't work either.
Has anyone else had this issue? Does anyone have any other ideas? Do I need to worry about her getting dehydrated or is she getting enough fluid at breakfast, lunch and dinner with her baby food?