In June, DH, DD and I will be making a long car trip...from MD to TX to FL to MD.
Even going to the food store DD is terrible about car rides. She almost always just screams her head off, even with me sitting beside her and a mirror that plays music and lights up - nothing seems to calm her. DH has been making comments about how she will behave and how we will handle it during the long car rides in June if she screams her head off now until she has tears just streaming down her cheeks.
Since I have tried everything I can think of and cannot hold her or BF her while the car is moving, I was going to try to see if I can pump milk and get her to take it from the bottle. I hate to do it, but feel like, when it comes to car rides, I feel like I have no choice.
So, my questions about pumping:
How long is fresh milk (not refridgerated) good? (since we will be in a car, no fridge...best I could try to do is an iced cooler)
DD is 6 weeks, 1 day. When I should I try to introduce the bottle to her? I've had enough trouble with latch issues (sometimes no matter how many times I try to relatch her she winds up at a wierd angle or something - when I pull out my nipple is flat and the tip is white)- I really don't need nipple confusion.
I don't want to bottle feed her any more than I have to, but obviously can't not give her a bottle until she is 4 months and then expect her to just adore it in the car - how often should I give her the bottle to make sure she will take both?
Do babies have problems taking both or once both bottle and breast are established are they good at both?
Sorry for so many questions. This is our first. I absolutely refuse to do formula, but I just can't take the constant screaming in the car...20 minutes is one thing (as miserable as it is), but 3 20 hour car rides is not doable. Thanks for all your help.