My DD is 7 months old. She is a GREAT breastfeeder. So great, in fact, that she often has refused the bottle (pumped BM) since I went back to work 4 months ago. She wavers between eating 2 to 12 ounces during the 7 hours I'm gone (I usually pump between 8 and 20 ounces while at work).
I want her to eat more with her babysitters, and they know that. However, I've watched her refuse the bottle and it's frustrating. I have made up for missed feedings before/after work and in the middle of the night-- no problemo. However, here's my drama: since she's started solids, she will eat 1 bottle (4 ounces) and ALL her solids... and that's all. Whatwhatwhat?!?!
We've tried different bottles, temperatures, positions, everything. However, we haven't tried stage 2 nipples because I've read that it can lead to early weaning because nipples are easier to get milk out of.
At this point, I'm worried about her weaning early and not getting proper nutrition, not because of the bottle nipple, but because she wants to fill up quickly to tide her over.
As a side note: she sleeps 4 hours with babysitters (anyone from my dad at our house to DH's mom at her house, to my sister at our house, to her regular babysitters), but only about 2 hours with us (same routine/schedule). We think it's awesome how intuitive she is.
Anyway, back to the point: OK to give stage 2 nipples so DD gets proper nutrition?