by Mama G
This is a plea for help! If it does not work, I may never be able to leave my son for more than 3 hours at a time! (And the thought of that makes me very stressed – Mama needs some time out with the girls.)
The problem is four and half month old Baby C has stopped taking a bottle. He’ll take the plastic nipple into his mouth, take 3 or 4 sucks, and then realize it’s not the real thing. This is when he lets his displeasure be known by writhing, flailing and all-out screaming.
It wasn’t always this way. Baby C had his first bottle at 3 weeks old, courtesy of his dad. I had done all sorts of reading about breastfeeding and bottles before Baby C’s big brother was born, and 3 weeks old seemed like the magic number. Not too early so as to cause any nipple confusion, but not too late, when the baby has become more set in his ways. It worked like a charm the first time, so we figured why change anything the second time around. Unlike his big brother, who was somewhat reluctant to take the bottle at first, Baby C took to it right away. I did some pumping each day, my husband did a bottle each night, and I felt a huge weight off my shoulders.
Then life got in the way. With a highly active 20-month old and a newborn, there just wasn’t much time for pumping. It was just easier to breastfeed than bottle feed. Somehow, one bottle a day became one bottle every other day and then one bottle a week. Without really noticing, suddenly it had been several weeks since Baby C’s last bottle.
Now I am desperate to re-introduce the bottle. Any other mom’s out there who’ve had success at this? Please share your story. I’m ready to try anything at this point!
The other option is to forgo the bottle altogether and go straight to a cup. My toddler’s sippy cups just seem so big though, and I am having a hard time imagining how that would work. If you started your baby on a sippy cup early, do you have any recommendations for brand or type?
I’ve got dinner with the girls on the calendar for December 11th and would like to have peace of mind that Baby C will get some milk, from any source except my boob, if needed!