April 6th, 2014, 10:26 AM
I have a wonderful 3 month old son, who is a breastfeeding champion. He breastfeeds exclusively, and feeds on demand. This has been working wonderfully for us both since his birth. In just a week, though, I will be going back to work. I've already started pumping milk and have the bottles ready, but the few times we've tried to give him a bottle of breast milk, he has not cooperated and has gotten really upset. I don't want to stop comfort nursing him - I love being able to calm him down by nursing. But it does make it a lot harder to know when he is actually very hungry.
He'll have a nanny who will spend the days with him at my house, and will defrost and heat my milk to give him. How, though, can we all deal with the fact that he doesn't have a feeding schedule? Heating the milk, obviously, takes time, and if he shows signs of hunger and the milk is then heated, he is often pretty hysterical by the time it is ready, and is too worked up to take the bottle, since it is a new thing to him. Also, if the nanny heats a bottle and it turns out he is not hungry, that is milk wasted!
Any suggestions for how to deal with the transition to bottle feeding during the day? Thank you so much in advance!