My son will be twelve weeks old on Monday when I will be returning to work full time and my husband will be at home with the him. We are having trouble getting him to take his breast milk from a bottle.
When he was four dyas old with jaundice and 10% weight loss we supplemented with EBM and formula for a few days. He went between the breast and bottle with no problems whatsoever. After he gained a pound in five days we went back to breast exclusively for a bit, then started giving him bottles of EBM again once every day or two. He took them just fine.
We stepped it up this week to get ready for my return to work, and now he absolutely hates the bottle. I think he only took about an ounce from it on Wednesday. Yesterday he took three ounces a couple of times, slowly but without so much fuss. Today the plan was to give him three straight bottles (what we think he'll need while I'm gone) and then breastfeed for the rest of the day. He took three ounces just fine this morning, but now my husband is struggling to get him to eat the lunch that we know he wants. He's hungry!
There seems to be no rhyme or reason to when he's going to take the bottle and when he shuns it. I've been trying to stay away while he's getting the bottles. It's horrible to hear him crying over food when I know that whipping out a boob would end it immediately.
I know that millions have gone through this before me and that all babies adjust and that he will be fine, no harm done in the end...but how long will it take? I know all babies are different, but what's a worst case scenario here? I'm so worried that my husband's going to have an awful time and that I'll spend my workdays feeling guilty.