Introducing the bottle?
hi mama! i understand where youre coming from ... that big problem - to give a bottle or not!
i have struggled with this same issue for my youngest (10m) and decided to not give a bottle after an initial introduction of it during his first couple of weeks. i find that my ds will slurp milk (or water, when i am drinking it and he wants a sip of mine) from a cup no problem. i just barely tilt the cup back and he laps it up the way a cat does. i cant see how that would be a problem. i *never* leave him, but last month dh and i were seriously dying for a date, so my mom watched him while we literally ran to the movies. i nursed him right before, and got home right when she was about to offer the bottle, which he refused anyways.
and i am right there with you about worrying if something might happen to me. how would the baby feel when suddenly mama and her milk isnt there?!? ive panicked over that thought now and then, and have no answers for your there ::hugs::
try some milk in a cup. see if he takes it