Hi I have a 6 month old girl who I have bf since birth with no bottles. I started solids (cereal, fruit and veg) about a month ago. I pump 2 oz at the end of every day and that is enough to mix the cereal for the day so far.
She doesn't take a bottle, I've tried every bottle on earth and every method.. warm, hot, cold, from frozen, just pumped, middle of the night, bait & switch, someone else feeding her, leaving the house while they try, me trying... I'm exhausted from it all (it's been a few months now). She doesn't take a paci and doesn't suck on anything (except me ). So... What do I do when I return to work in 5 weeks?
I've introduced a sippy with water and she sort of bites it and sometimes swallows but doesn't do anything if I put breast milk in it.
The caregiver I'll be leaving her with is sort of inexperienced in these matters because she's my sister's mother in law so I can't depend on her to sort it out while I'm gone as you might think with an experienced caregiver.
My dr. was NO help at all, she said "keep trying the bottle".. she's a young dr and I think she doesn't think there is such thing as a baby that won't drink from a bottle.
I'm co-sleeping and I'm fine with bf'ing her all night if I have to when I return to work. I wonder if I pump at work it might keep my supply up and I can give it to my sister's mother in law to give to her in cereal and perhaps just a regular cup (that's what I've tried the last few days).
So my first question is.. does anyone else have any experience with a baby at age 7.5 months that didn't take a bottle and relied on food/water perhaps sippy when they went back to work? What did you do?
My second question is when you pump at work how do you store the milk? Do you use one bottle and pump the milk over the milk previously pumped that same day? Do you pump as often as you were breastfeeding (for me it's every 2 hours now)? Where do you wash out the pump?
I'm sure everyone who has to return to work gets anxious and that's me right now.. with no useful advice from my dr. I'm really hoping your experiences will help to guide me.
thanks for reading my long post...