I am attempting to get my 3 month old to accept a bottle. I pump fresh milk and give it to her while warm but I can't stand forcing it into her mouth. She rejects it every time. OJ is my 4th child. I was unsuccessful at getting the other 3 to take the bottle. I just want a date night with my husband. Any advise?
Can a die-hard breast feeder successfully bottle feed also?
Try having DH give her a bottle when you are not around. If that works, try getting a friend to do it - and if that is successful, you might be able to go on a date night. Lots of babies will take a bottle from another person but won't from their mom (who has the lovely breasts they prefer right there).
Play around with different bottle nipples. Some babies prefer one type to another.
How about cup feeding (although that may be a bit of work for a sitter….)
Good luck, mama.
Lol, I was not able to get my son to take a bottle, and neither was my husband! It depends on the kid, I guess.
He's 13 months now and drinks a sippy cup and eats solids, and I can leave him for 4 hours or a little more. So this too shall pass!
As for a date night, have you considered a "staycation"? Hire a babysitter to come to the house and play with the kids, but hole up with a movie in your room with the husband. You'll still be in the house to nurse the baby on demand.
Also, I've read you should be out of the room entirely, if not out of the HOUSE when someone else gives your baby the bottle for the first time. I've read breast fed babies typically accept latex nipples better, if you're not having any luck with silicone... I've also read you can skip the bottles entirely if you're not having much luck getting the baby to take ANY. You can move straight to a training cup. Breast-fed babies typically take straw cups better(my son's 21 months old, and played around with a straw cup - I think it's Nuby's, it has a soft, silicone straw with a valve he has to compress and suction the liquid out with). We also have a training cup by Avent that works and looks a lot like an adult cup, but has an insert which has to be pushed down with his lip in order to let liquid trickle.
This is from Jack Newman's website:
I introduce the bottle at 2 weeks, mainly because with DS1 & 2 I had to go back to work and baby didn't have a choice but to take a bottle. And only DH or someone else would give them the bottle, never me (at first). However, I ran out of my freezer stash pretty quickly and when I pumped at work I could only get enough for next day's meals. So yeah, our date nights didn't go much past 2 hrs as DS2 did not get formula like DS1 did. Deciding not to give formula to DS2 however, meant he was with me all.the.time. Everywhere I went, I had to bring him in case he wanted to nurse. As hard as that is, I do plan on doing the same with baby #3 due in April.