My four month old DS has been having practice half-days at a family daycare in my neighborhood. However, he is a bottle-hater. I had hoped that having the DCP try in the new setting would help, but no luck. It takes up to an hour to get an ounce down him and he fights the whole way.
We've tried warm milk, cool milk, different bottles and nipples, different positions, different setting, dad trying, grandma trying, mom trying (I know not advised, but dad's gone most of the day and there is no one else to practice bottles with). He will drink a bit from a cup, but the DCP is not into that. She wants him drinking from a bottle.
My commute is 45 minutes to an hour so I cannot come in on breaks or lunch. He will be in daycare 11 hours a day, four days a week. My DCP is not comfortable having him go that long on what she can get down him now.
I'm starting to panic. I don't have much time to find alternate care that could take the time to cup or spoon feed him, nor could I afford such care (I work in a non-profit arts field). There are no daycares with openings near my work place, nor would I want to subject him to the daily commute (he's not a fan of carseats). I love my job and am in a field where positions are hard to come by, but am seriously considering quitting so that he won't starve.
He's otherwise healthy and growing like a weed (born 30th percentile, in 75th percentile for height and weight as of 3 months!). It breaks my heart to hear him cry and see him struggle whenever he encounters a bottle. Help!