Originally Posted by _betsy_
Just because your other two would tolerate doesn't mean #3 will as well. Just something to keep in mind. Weren't they awfully cranky for the caregiver?
They adjusted very well, which is somewhat surprising. But as I mentioned, they were cared for by grandma, who in my mind was "the original attachment parent!" She held them, interacted with them, and lovingly nurtured them all day. Moreover, with each of them, she continued to try the bottle for MONTHS (we'd first started trying when they were 3 weeks old), a little bit every single day, because she thought there was a chance that they might accept it one day. We tried only breastmilk and, eventually, water. By the time they were 9 or so months old, their repertoire of "liquidy" foods such as applesauce and soy yogurt, along with food that I made and mixed with breastmilk, was quite expansive. By 11 months old (I know, a month early...) my son LOVED cow's milk out of a sippy. Dd never did, and she still isn't much of a drinker now at 5 years old!
You are right that my others' refusal to accept a bottle doesn't mean this little one will do the same. However, I don't really want to use a bottle with him between now and the time I return to work (January) because it doesn't seems necessary just to "prepare" him, and by that point he will be so able to use a cup...Pumping for my others was such a negative experience for ME (mostly b/c I only used so little for the food I made them, and they would never drink the rest, but also b/c as a teacher the schedule was super crazy!) that I'd rather not go there this time.