D is 10 months old and was in daycare from 10 weeks until she was about 8 months, and during that time she got pumped BM through a bottle when she was there. I've been at home with her for about the past two months, and I think she's used to nursing. The last few times someone's tried giving her a bottle, she's turned it down.
I am doing some work as a free-lancer and really need to hire a sitter for a few days per week in order to get my work done. I think it would be best if I leave the house while I do this, and, also I think it would be a nice break to get some time to myself. In order to make this worth my while, I really need to work in about a 4-hour chunk. If you figure 20 minutes on each end to leave the house, go somewhere--a cafe or the library, etc., get set up, drive home when I'm done, etc., that would be close to 5 hours. I'm guessing that she'll be pretty hungry by then, but I'm worried about the fact that she won't be taking a bottle.
First of all, I am nervous about leaving her with a sitter. Other than her daycare, she's never been with someone who wasn't family. And for the past two months, we've barely spent more than a few hours apart. So I'm nervous about leaving her with a sitter. I wasn't planning on doing a full four to five hour stretch at first, more like 2 hours just to get her acclimated to it. But if I'm going to get work done, I really will need to be gone for more time than that. Any tips for this?
The second part of this is that she doesnt' seem interested in taking bottles anymore. Any tips on getting her to take a bottle again? Is it possible that if she's hungry enough, she'll decide to take it?