Up until now, your 2-month old was feeding perfectly on both breast and bottle. But all of a sudden he/she has completely lost interest in the bottle and will even scream if it’s brought too close. You’re starting to panic and wonder if your baby will ever be able to drink from a bottle again! Sound familiar? If so, there is a likely chance your newborn is going through a very normal and expected behavioral reflex change called the “two-month mark”. Understanding the developmental reasons behind this seemingly spontaneous behavior will reassure moms like you that you aren’t alone and bottle-feeding can still be successful.
The two-month mark occurs in babies aged 2-4 months and is characterized by a sudden refusal of bottles, making for a frustrated baby. Now that your baby has grown a little and mastered the art of suckling; they can latch, suck, and feed more efficiently. Because of this, they can spend less time at the breast while still receiving the same amount of nourishment. In addition to this your baby is also becoming more perceptive. He/she can now see across the room and recognize familiar faces. They are beginning to analyze what is going into their mouths and can immediately recognize if it isn’t a direct part of mom. In other words, if it isn’t mom, they don’t want it. This can cause them to become frustrated and upset when a bottle is presented to them.