So, my baby is not that great at relaxing while drinking out of a bottle. Unfortunately I have to work every night, so my partner has to feed him. The baby will sometimes start to fall asleep while "nursing" from the bottle, only to wake up when it's removed from his mouth when all the milk is gone.
I never thought sucking on an empty bottle would be ok, but then I looked at a pacifier and saw that it had a little hole in it anyway. My question is, can the bottle nipple be used for just sucking? Sadly, my baby won't tolerate an actual pacifier. If I can use the nipple, should I take it off the bottle? What I am afraid of is him sucking in air...but why does a pacifier have a hole, then?
This is becoming a horrible situation where the baby will not relax at all while I am away, because I did a bad job of training him to relax without nursing. He will cry for three hours and there is nothing my partner can do about it. Will post a separate question about that bit.
let me know,