Hey everyone, so here is my current dilemma,refusing a bottle.
To start my LO nurses about 6-7 times in 24 hr period, and we just started cereal two weeks ago, and a new icky tasting medication for reflux. Since that time he has refused to take a bottle when I am at work from my husband or mother, when he has previously done so just fine.
My mom thinks that it is because of the new medicine which is a liquid that does not come from my breast that tastes bad (if that makes since). I have tried disguising it in ebm and giving it in a bottle, but he knows better than that. I wouldn't dare put it in the cereal now, because then that could ruin something that is going well. We just give it through a syringe, and as time goes by he fights it much less.
I called the pedi for suggestions, but someone who was not my doc, or his nurses called me back and suggested that I offer formula! That he should not go 8 hrs without milk, even though he gets a little in his rice cereal, and babies do this at night all the time ( I work one day a week btw). Formula is great for some people, but we have worked way to hard at nursing, and milk supply has never been a problem, so I AM NOT GOING TO GIVE HIM FORMULA!
I thought maybe I could put some diluted apple or pear juice in a bottle so he can see that something yummy can come out of a bottle. Then maybe he would take breast milk in it again.
Also he has just started rolling both ways, and beginning to sit pretty well, he just has a lot going on developmentally. and can be pretty fussy about napping, or anything he doesn't want to do.
Any suggestions? I think this may just be his personality? Is it the medication? He would eat from a bottle if he was really that hungry wouldn't he?