Looking for some advice or insight from a seasoned mom. I'm a FTM to a 9 month old little boy. He's been EBF since he was born, I went back to work when he was 3 months old and have been pumping 3x/day since going back to work. My mom watches him during the day, and I'm typically gone about 10 hrs all together including my commute and I leave her 12 oz. Recently, my LO has been giving my mom an increasingly difficult time taking bottles (never had an issue before now), and was only taking 6-8 oz all day while I was gone, and at this point, the only place she can get him to take a bottle at all is when he's sitting in his car seat (a place where we've never fed him before now). Anyone have any experience with this?
He loves to eat solids and has been doing great with different textures and flavors, and we've slowly increased the amount that he gets. He's eating 3 meals/day and sometimes 1 snack. Usually cereal w/ BM and fruit at breakfast, some fruit and a vegetable at lunch (more recently we've been introducing a couple TBSP of yogurt), and then a more protein focused item along with vegetable at dinner. He only bites on sippy cups, won't drink from them yet. I've kept him on the slowest flow nipple which he's done fine with. I ran it by my pediatrician and the only input they had was that he needs a decreased amount of BM at this point and it might be time to increase the amount of solids we're giving him. This seems like a behavior/developmental type of thing to me, but I can't know for sure.
To make things a bit more complicated, this past couple of days I was snowed in at my house and my mom stayed with me since my husband got stuck out of town for work due to the weather, and when my mom was around, my LO would give me a harder time when I tried to nurse him. The first night she stayed, he refused to breastfeed, he started crying and arching his back away from me as soon as I sat down in his rocking chair in his room (where I always feed him); so I ended up giving him expressed milk in a bottle. He did the same thing to me tonight, after my mom had already left my house for the day. I tried several times to breastfeed him, and each time he started immediately crying, wouldn't latch on, and tried to get away from me. I ended up giving him another bottle of expressed milk. Is this a nursing strike? He doesn't fight me in the middle of the night at all or before he sees my mom. I'm at a loss for what to do and a bit heartbroken, to be honest.
Anyone who made it through this novel deserves a cookie, and I would greatly appreciate any words of wisdom. Thank you!!