Re: being pressured to use a bottle
I'm sorry you're not getting the support you need from the people who should be there for you!
Maybe they haven't been listening. Bottle refusal does happen. And I think pacifier refusal happens even more frequently- my kid liked the paci at first but by the time she was around 3 months old she had no interest in it. She was smart enough to figure out that there was no reason to suck on silicone when she could suck on mom instead.
everyone says its insane and that they have never heard of a baby that will not take a bottle.
If you don't need your baby to take a bottle, there's no reason why you should try to make her do so. Lots of women get through breastfeeding without giving bottles.
so am i just crazy for not making her take breastmilk from the bottle
I think a lot of people push bottles because they assume that breastfeeding is a difficult chore, while bottles make life easier. They don't realize that bottlefeeding is much more work than breastfeeding, what with all the pumping and storing and transporting of milk and the constant washing of bottles and pump parts. There's also a lot of unspoken prejudice against breastfeeding- people often want a mom to use bottles so that they don't have to see nursing going on. (Because it's really all about them, right? )
is there some reason everyone is pushing the use of a bottle that i am un aware of?!
Again, the only reason to try to get your baby to take a bottle is if you need or want someone else to feed her. If you're happy with how things are going, there's no need to push the bottle.
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