My twins are going on 9 weeks and seem to be having trouble taking the bottle when my mother watches them on weekends. She's been giving them a bottle (with breastmilk) for just one feeding once a week, sometimes twice (she lives next door, so I can usually go over and feed them when she's watching them). DH has tried twice as well, to give me a break during the week. They take the bottle without complaint, but they take FOREVER to drink just two ounces each, and I'm pumping about 9-10 oz during that time. They usually take at least an hour to take the bottles, and when they nurse they're pretty speedy. They're down to less than 10 minutes nursing these days. They've tried several different nipples, with the same result. I'm pretty sure all the nipples we've tried are slow-flow, and I think that might be part of the problem. I have a really strong let-down, and they're used to getting the milk sprayed down their throats. Is it o.k. to squeeze a bottle to simulate a let-down? I've assumed that's a big no-no, but if you really want to simulate breastfeeding that would be the only way I could think of.
Any ideas? My caregivers are about to throw in the towel with the bottles and I would really like to have the occasional break.