Re: Baby prefering bottle over me. What should I do?
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I know you have very little time before you have to go back to work, but I think that right now you need to work very hard on exclusively breastfeeding if you want to preserve your nursing relationship. Put the bottles away. I think offering the bottles when the baby was fussy and impatient is what caused the problems you're having, since the baby figured out that the way to get a bottle was to throw a fit at the breast. So for the next few days, I would aim to only nurse, no matter how frustrated and cranky the baby gets. Don't try to force the baby to stay on the breast, but don't give him a bottle if he comes off on his own after just 5 minutes. There's no reason to think that an older baby NEEDS to stay on the breast for a long time in order to get his meals.
Are you nursing the baby at night? One way to overcome a nursing strike is to offer the breast at night, when both mom and baby are very relaxed and when the milk tends to be a bit more abundant than it is during the day.
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