So, my girl is 5 months old (5 1/2 months really), and I'm trying to get her back to the breast. We had a lot of issues early on... she was too sleepy (probably from my emergency c-section meds) to drink much and I didn't know to wake her, she lost a ton of weight, and we were told to supplement. One bottle led to another......
At any rate, for a time I both breastfed, pumped, and did formula (to deal with supply issues I also had). Now, I still pump about 4 oz a day, and the rest is formula. She hasn't willingly taken the breast since about 2 months of age, but back in the day she was a fairly decent feeder. Now, she has classic bottle preference, and when I try to give her the breast she'll scream or cry angrily, arch her back, turn her head away, etc. I've slowly gotten her back into taking some bottles in a semi-cradle hold, but that's about as far as I've gotten. If I try to put my nipple in her mouth, no go. She even looks suspiciously at the bottle NEXT to my nipple.
Now, she's always going to need *some* bottles, because I work and she goes to day care, but I really would like to have a night time/weekend nursing relationship. We've tried a warm bath, but she hates baths in general and so it didn't work very well though I plan to try a few more times. I've tried popping her on the breast walking (sometimes works for a second), when she's sleepy, hungry, not hungry, etc. The other night after a bottle, when she was asleep, I managed to get my nipple right up to her lips, and she *kinda* put up with it for awhile, but then even in her sleep grimaced and changed positions.
I've read on some forums about using a lact-aid through a nipple, but if I am making milk, and it's coming out, do I need to use a lact-aid? Would that even help? I've tried squirting some out, into her mouth, etc, and it is almost like it comes out too fast or tastes wrong or something, she'll grimace and turn her head. Yet, she'll drink pumped milk out of a bottle no problem. Is it the temperature? (in general we give room temp bottles, though I think at day care they warm them more). I figure breast milk straight from the breast might be warmer than what she's used to??