LO is 6 weeks today and is exclusively BF. I am going back to work, and it's important that he take a bottle of expressed milk, but it's been quite difficult! I have about 6 weeks to work with.
When we attempt to give him the bottle, he just mouths it for a while, and some milk will come out. Then he usually just screams. I feel horrible for him
Here are some extra details that might help you help me:
- He doesn't take pacis. Doesn't like them, and I haven't pushed it because I didn't want to create nipple confusion.
-So far we have tried Madela and Avent bottles. He gets really made because the milk will come out when he is not sucking and it shocks him. They are both slow flow so I don't get it.
-The nipples of the bottles we have also seem really long to me, and he will mouth the tip, but doesn't want to put it back into his mouth. He gags. We don't force it on him either. We are very, very gentle.
-Daddy has tried feeding (with me far away) and I have tried alone, we both fail
-I have offered him the bottle when he was starving--bad idea...he was inconsolable
-I have tried to offer him the bottle when he had just a little food, but if it sucked at all, he would spit up from choking
-We have tried to give him a bottle drowsy, but he just spits it out and falls asleep.
Bottles I have recently purchased but not tried:
I guess I don't know what to do. I don't want to make him hate the bottle, but I NEED him to take it. Do I keep trying new nipples? Stick with one for a while?
Any advice appreciated