I am returning to work on January 9th. DS will be about 4 months old at that point.
Currently, I am exclusively breastfeeding. But the first 5.5 weeks I was exclusively pumping and bottle feeding. Once I finally got DS to the breast, I stopped using bottles because I wanted to make sure our nursing relationship was firmly in place. He's done really well since then.
He has had an occasional bottle since the switch to nursing, but the last one was on Oct 31 and he kind of acted like he didn't much care for it... and/or had forgotten how to drink from a bottle. My mom also tried to give him a bottle recently when I was at a dentist appointment, but DS refused it (possibly wasn't hungry yet though).
Can anyone recommend a strategy for me to reintroduce the bottle before it's time to return to work? When should I start offering him a bottle - now, or closer to when I go back to work? And how frequently should I give him one? And what time of day do you think works best for giving a bottle?