I have to go back to work soon, and during the hours I'm away, I was hoping to have my husband bottlefeed my 2 1/2 month old baby.
She had no trouble alternating between breast and bottle in the first month of birth, but after breastfeeding her exclusively after that, she's now refusing the bottle. She howls the moment the teat even comes close.
We've tried a variety of different teats - Nuk, Nuby, Adiri, Breastflow, Dr. Brown's, Avent - and she's refused every single one of them. We even tried a sippy cup, to no avail. I've tried leaving the room and the house, but my husband has had no success, even with changing positions and trying to bottlefeed her in totally unfamiliar locations.
I once had to leave the house, and my husband reported that she refused all offers of the bottle for 4 hours, wailing, and then going to sleep. That night, she really drained me.
So I'm wondering: During the 5-6 hours I have to be away, she'll be offered the bottle whenever she calls for milk, but if she refuses it, is it okay to let her go hungry till I return, and just make up for it with increased feeds later?
Or should I try 'forcing' her to eat during my time away? Maybe with a dropper?
All ideas are welcome!