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My 4-month-old baby refuses the bottle

My 4-month-old baby refuses the bottle



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"My 4-month-old daughter refuses the bottle, what to do?" Professor Patrick Tounian, Head of Nutrition and Gastroenterology at Trousseau Hospital in Paris, answers Juliette's question.

The answer of Pr Patrick Tounian, head of the nutrition and gastroenterology department at Trousseau Hospital (Paris) *

  • In the first year of life, breast milk is the mainstay of infant feeding. It is not possible to do without it.
  • At 4 months, a baby drinks at least 700 ml of milk daily. This is his only way to provide for his nutritional needs. This will remain so throughout the first year. The food diversification that will take place between 4 and 6 months, will not replace any other. It will, through the introduction of new foods, allow the child to acquire food tolerance (limit the risk of allergies) and awaken its taste.
  • At this age, it would be a huge mistake to completely ignore the baby's milk diet. It is possible that after an episode of gastro for example, a baby is reluctant to drink his milk but it never lasts. You must keep trying. Often, parents who think their baby is disgusted with milk, are often individuals who do not like milk. As a result of a momentary refusal of their baby, they tend to interpret and make projections.
  • When a baby refuses his milk, he must, without forcing him to drink, regularly show him his bottle. And he will end up drinking it. If this does not work, it is possible to offer a baby milk-based porridge and cereals special baby with gluten from 4 months. And do not hesitate to talk to the pediatrician.

* Author of Answers to all the questions you have about your child's diet (Odile Jacob)

Interview by Frédérique Odasso