Can't believe we're not in the newborn forum anymore.
Anyway... DS is 3 months old. For the first month of his life he was nursed and bottle-fed (formula as well as expressed milk) due to lousy advice and a first-time mom who did whatever the doctors ordered. Nursing was going downhill fast, and me along with it, so at 1 month I abandoned bottles, pumps, and pacifiers. DS has been nursing like a champ ever since, and at 3 months he is double his birth weight.
But now he refuses both bottle and pacifier. I'm not working, so the bottle isn't a serious issue, but eventually I will need to be away for a few hours (doc appts., etc.) and would feel better if he weren't on strike or screaming with DH while I'm gone. DH has been trying to practice with the bottle now and then, and we've been following this http://kellymom.com/bf/pumping/bottle-feeding.html
but DS is not having it. If he's not really hungry, he'll play around with the nipple for a while, but that's it. He never actually closes his mouth around it. Once he's hungry, he screams and doesn't want anything to do with the bottle in his face.
Any thoughts out there?
Do we just have to keep trying and hope DS will eventually give in?
As far as the pacifier, DS used it the first month, but now it's like he no longer knows what to do with it. I've had no problem being his pacifier for the past two months, but I'd like to try the pacifier again. Why, you ask? DS is still waking every two hours at night, although sometimes it's not really to eat - he'll drift back pretty quickly once he starts nursing. During the day as well, there are times he just wants to comfort himself, and he gets mad once the milk starts coming out!
Unlike the bottle, he never gets angry when I try the pacifier. When I put it in his mouth, he chomps at it with his gums, and by the look on his face you'd think I'd doused it in lemon juice. But he still gums at it as long as I hold it there. If I push it further into his mouth to try and get him to suction, he gags.
The only pacifier I have is the Soothie because that's what the LC recommended.
Can anyone recommend another kind that he may take to? I was in Target the other day and noticed that there are other pacifier brands with shorter nipples, some flat. But before I go paying for multiple pacifiers that he's not going to use, I'd be curious if anyone has noticed the same thing with their LO and has any recommendations.