Mya is a little over 5 weeks old. I will be going back to work in mid May and so at 3 weeks of age we introduced a bottle to her. We used the one with the Soothie nipple because she had been using a Soothie paci since the age of 1 week and the transition was seamless. Only Daddy and her grandmas have given her a bottle, I have only breastfed her. Typically she gets only one to two bottles each day and breastfeeds for all the rest of her meals. But since yesterday evening, she has been rejecting my breast. Becomming angry instead of latching, obviously hungry, but even when she does latch she cries as she drinks, and after only several sucks stops and cries in anger again. To test the theory, DH offered her a bottle this morning when she was in the middle of these antics, and she took it happily and ate a full meal for the first time since yesterday evening. I am so sad. I am not ready to stop breastfeeding, even if she is. She is drinking my pumped breastmilk, so I'm not concerned about nutrition. This is purely motherly greed. I love and want to feed her directly from my breast... there is nothing to compare to the loving, nurturing, special way it feels.
Is it possible, (without eliminating the bottle altogether), to convince her not to reject me? I mean, can I out stubborn her, or would it just be cruel to have her keep being so hungry?
Please, please help. I think we've already re-inforced her prefrence by giving her the "test" bottle this morning. And I can't stop crying.