DD will be 8 mo this week. I started back to work, part time, this month, and have had zero luck getting her to get milk in any way other than BFing. She's been eating solids since 6 mo, co-sleeps with me (and gets lots of milk at night that way). During the day with either DH or my parents, she'll eat the solids fine. But when it comes time to take some milk, she'll play with bottles & cups of many kinds, but as soon as she gets a sip of my milk from them, she'll reject them all outright.
I work most of the time from home, so I can hear when she's really fussing for milk, and usually give in rather than "wait it out" as I keep getting advised to do. Also, since I'm part time, we aren't trying these tactics every day, mainly because I thought it needed to come from other caretakers (DH and my parents), rather than from me.
Even though I work from home now, that will change soon. Not to mention I'd love the relief of being able to leave the house and not worrying that DD won't get the milk she needs til I get back.
Advice out there? Have we missed the boat to get her to take milk other than BFing? Should I be trying different approaches, cups, etc? Doing something everyday - myself, or with the caretakers? Stop feeding her solids until she takes the milk somehow other than from me? Give her the cup with water in them to get her used to drinking out of them (I've never given her water before, is that ok to do)? Not worry about it and let her go all day without milk, since she cosleeps and might get what she needs at night?
Last note - we did get her to take bottles at around 2 mo, but due to a variety of reasons (just me home alone a lot, some hiccups with nursing), we didn't continue using bottles. Hence, the challenge we're now in.
Sigh. If you have any suggestions, please let me know....