I'm the mom to a 4 month baby girl. We have been trying for over two months to gently get her to take the bottle. I tried making it fun, different positions, doing it myself, having hubby do it, and many nipples and bottles. The lactation consultant said to offer her the bottle and then if she refused give her the breast and she'd come around in a few days. 2 months later she was still not taking it. I am going back to work soon and the last thing I wanted was for her to have this first experience of no breast all day at the same time as being with a caregiver who she's not that familiar with.
So today I went out of the house leaving the baby with my husband and a supply of pumped milk. I was gone 7 hours and she cried most of those hours with husband doing everything he could to console her and also offering the bottle. By the end of the day she'd only had one ounce. Then I came back and breast fed her because despite pumping I felt engorged and have had mastitis in the past so don't want a repeat.
Breastfeeding has been going great, but this has me so incredibly upset. I hate the idea that my going back to work is going to be traumatic in so many ways for her. I can't imagine how terrible it will be with a newish person if it was that hard with hubby who is awesome usually at consoling her. What else can I do?? Do I need to keep doing this?
The doctor said she could start tasting solids but I know this won't be a big part of her diet for a long time.