Is it a common thing for first-time mother's to refuse to nurse their babies? We began raising goats last year and it seems to me that so many of our babies end up being bottle fed by our first timers. It seems as if the Nubians and Saanens are worse about it, though I have had one Boer who decided she didn't want one of hers. I bottle fed it with her milk for a while, and she took it back after a while. I try to leave them alone together for a while, but when I see the mother kicking, jumping away from babies, or downright hurting babies, I pull them off. And how in the world do you begin to gentle those Nubian gals down to begin milking them? They think I'm trying to kill them or something. Only one of them decided she liked standing there munching her corn while I milk away. She gives about a quart a day. she's a first timer too. Anybody got any suggestions for me. Oh yeah, I'm new here. I'm Shorty's mom, he was my first bottle baby. He's a VERY friendly little Boer/Sannen cross Buckling. Perhaps my bottle babies will not be as wild when they grow up?