My DS is 16 weeks old and I am returning to work full-time in about 3 weeks. My mom will be watching him while I work and I will be pumping.
We have been offering bottles since he was 5 weeks old and it is not going well at all. At 6 weeks, he took a little from the bottle no problem. Since then, it's been tough and he flat out refuses. The last few weeks, I have left him with my mom for a few hours every day so she can work on it without me being around. He will play with the nipple and occasionally suck on it. But the most he's taken at a time is half of an ounce. I had to take my DD (4.5 years old) to the ER two weeks ago and was gone from him for 6 hours. He only took a few sucks from the bottle the whole time (he normally nurses every 2 hours). We've tried several different bottles/nipples. The one he's sucked on a few times is the Playtex drop in Latex nipple so we've been sticking to that.
DD was tough taking the bottle too but was taking it by 10 weeks. I am sick over this thinking he is going to be starving and crying all day while I work. I am very stressed. Quitting my job isn't an option (although I wish it was). He's a pretty easy going baby (and my mom is great at comforting him) but some days when my mom has tried the bottle he has gotten very upset. I am so stressed picturing him crying for 8 hours a day. :(
Please help! Has anyone been through this? Any more advice?