I have a 13 week old little girl. I've for the most part been exclusively breastfeeding. I say for the most part because early on I thought that I may not be making enough milk. I had this problem with baby #3 and had to supplement. Anyway, I did supplement here and there and also two other times when my nipples became cracked and bruised. I say all of this to say that in 13 weeks, my daughter has taken bottles on average, once or twice a day for 10 of those weeks. Sometimes it was formula and sometimes it was breast milk. Well, I had to go back to work today and for the last week she has refused a bottle all together. This obviously doesn't work well with me being at work. My husband is off this week and was able to bring her to me today for me to nurse her twice. He won't be able to do that next week. I work 12 hour shifts three days a week, but I am off again until Friday of this week. So I have three days to get her to take the bottle again. I need her to take it so I can work but I don't want to quit nursing either.
We've tried different bottles, different nipples, different people feeding her, me being present, me being gone, formula, breast milk, different sitting/reclining positions. We are at a loss.
I've always had trouble nursing my children and this has been such a great experience and I don't want to give it up, but I still have to work. Never would I of thought that she'd refuse the bottle after all this time. You're always told not to give a bottle because babies get lazy and realize that the bottle is easier and then refuse the breast. Well, that definitely didn't happen and I am glad she desires to nurse. I am so torn. It's hard enough to think about leaving her. This just makes it worse.
Any advice? And please don't tell me if she's hungry enough, she'll eat. I've got a coworker who's son did the same thing and went 14 hours without eating once. I'm not going to listen to my daughter cry for that long if she refuses that long. It breaks my heart. Please help. I can't lose my job. I don't know what to do.
Sorry for all of the rambling... I have a million thoughts running through my head all at once. (Oh and I've already asked my co-worker and she had no advice. Her son had to be brought to her at work for a few weeks. I don't have that option.)
Thanks in advance for your help!!