Hello all. My 6 month old son (4 1/2 months adjusted for prematurity) is refusing to take the bottle. I returned to work yesterday and am stressing out that he is not drinking all day long. I dream fed him when i got home last night and then he woke to feed at 130a and 500a.
Just a little background - born 6 weeks premature, in NICU for a week. Bottle fed in NICU. Transitioned to exclusively breastfed over a 2 week period after I brought him home. Reintroduced bottle at about 6 weeks but a few days later, he began having fits at the breast, so I stopped the bottle until breastfeeding normalized. He took the bottle again for a short while and then started to refuse.
For the past 2 months, we've tried different bottles, nipples, etc; have had others (dad, nanny) try and I've made sure to leave the house. We've tried warm breastmilk, even warmer breastmilk and cold breastmilk. He is just a stubborn little dude who knows what he likes. I started him on cereal and he enjoys it so I told the nanny to use a lot of milk and spoon feed...but obviously, this isn't the ideal way for him to get milk.
I was told to try a sippy cup but wasn't sure what brand/type would be appropriate for him. Any thoughts or suggestions or guidance and support would be greatly appreciated.