From day one, my daughter was sensitive about what went into her mouth and when. She took to breastfeeding like a pro, but when it came to pacifiers and bottles we had a battle on our hands. At 4 weeks old, I simply touched a pacifier to her lips and she gagged as if I had shoved the whole thing down her throat! My luck was a little better at meal time. Ellianna took the bottle for the first 3-4 weeks after introduction. I had heard horror stories about breastfed babies and their refusal to accept a bottle. I felt so lucky! My baby was a breeze! Our luck continued through her second month of life and then all of a sudden (as I’m sure you suspected) things shifted. No more bottle. None. At. ALL. It was like a switch flipped inside her pretty little head and she was determined not to eat anything unless it was attached to my body.

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 The Long Battle

From this point forward the screaming that ensued when I would try to get her to take a bottle was unmerciful. It would literally make the hair on my arms stand up. I couldn’t bear to let her scream when I knew the simple solution was to let her breastfeed. Needless to say, I gave in almost every single time. I know that made the problem worse, but at that point, I was simply following my motherly instincts and hoping for the best.

Several months passed and Ellie consistently refused to allow anyone else to feed her. I tried several different bottles, nipples, milk temperatures, feeding positions, etc. Nothing worked. I was at my wit’s end. Each attempt at a bottle led to frustration on everyone’s part.

 What Changed?

One day I ran across a post on one of the Facebook mommy groups I follow. Another mama was going through the same struggle with her little boy and several people were talking about the success they had with Comotomo. I was a little skeptical at first. After hearing so many different stories about what worked, I was hesitant to spend even MORE money on another brand.

I did a little research and found that the Comotomo bottle mimics a natural nipple. It encourages baby to latch in the exact same fashion as they would a breast.  Its wide-mouth design means it’s really easy to clean, dishwasher safe, and soft for baby to grab onto. I decided it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try.

The night my bottle arrived my husband was working his late shift in the ER. I was home alone but didn’t want to wait to try it out. I warmed up the bottle to the “perfect” temperature, settled into a spot on the floor and showed her the bottle. At first,  she wasn’t interested, but she didn’t scream. I decided to keep trying for a bit since she wasn’t upset. After a few minutes, she stuck the bottle in her mouth and drank a full 5 ounces. I couldn’t believe it. I actually started to cry.

 My LOVE for the Comotomo Bottle

The Comotomo bottle has been a game changer in our household. My husband and I were finally able to go on our first dinner date (six months in the making!).

If your baby is struggling to take a bottle, or if you know a mama that’s having a hard time, I would HIGHLY recommend giving Comotomo a chance. I’m not saying it’s a definite fix for everyone. God knows each of our babies is different. However,  if you have the few dollars to spare, it’s totally worth a try. When we decide to expand our family in the future I guarantee that this bottle is the only thing you will find occupying my kitchen shelves!!

If you enjoyed reading this, check out this post about the 9 must-have baby items I absolutely adore.

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