My lovely LO - 5.75 months - decided a few weeks ago that she would no longer accept EBM in a bottle. I have made sure that she has had a bottle at least once each week since she was born because I knew I would have to return to work and wanted to keep breastfeeding. Of course, she has ideas of her own, ha ha and decided she wanted the real deal or nothing. I then started to try to teach her to use a cup with a spout on the advice of the midwives. So far this has not been successful. I have been told that when she is hungry, she will drink. However, I dont really want to wait til she is hungry so I have asked her carer to give her solids - baby cereals and sometimes fruit which i prepare -when i am not home and I breastfeed when i am with her.
However, she is now pretty constipated. Her poo is so solid and she is so uncomfortable when trying to get it out once every 4 days or so (she used to be at least once a day). I am soo worried about her as she refuses liquids of any kind while I am away so I know she is probably dehydrated. I am only working 3 days a week but I feel like I have deserted her. She seems happy when i get home but this constipation is worrying me. Also, I am worried she will self-wean soon as she isnt nursing as frequently. I would really like to breastfeed for at least 2years. I keep thinking I should reduce my hours even further but my finances wont really allow this, Unless I pray hard for some kind of a miracle!!!!!!!! Anyway, any tips or suggestions or just sympathy would be great.