First I apologize if this is in the wrong area. Please move it if it is.
I return to work next week, and can't get DS to take a bottle of EBM. We have been trying to get him to take a bottle for about 3 weeks now. Here are all of the different techniques we have tried.
1. DH has tried feeding by cradling, having DS propped up facing him, and a couple of other positions.
2. DH has given DS to my 8yo DD (who has had the most success so far, but not much)
3. Out of desperation I tried feeding him a bottle.
4. I have been in the same room
5. I have been out of the room
6. I have left the house for several hours to attend a couple of meetings
7. We have tried a variety of nipples (Dr. Browns, Medela slow flow, etc), including the Medela Calma (which is supposed to closely simulate the same action as the breast)
8. We have tried freshly expressed milk, warmed milk, and refrigerated milk.
9. I have tried starting out breast feeding and then trying to slip in the bottle.
10. We have tried when he was calm, when he was fussy, and when he is really hungry, wen he is almost asleep at the breast.
Nothing we have tried has worked. Anytime that rubber nipple gets anywhere near his mouth he starts screaming. We have been trying at least once a day for the last 1 1/2 weeks. Last night I had to go to a meeting and was gone for 4 hours. He refused the bottle and cried the entire time I was gone. I have read on the Medela site and tried their tips, and I have tried Dr. Sears tips. I am at a loss, and don't want him to starve or for him and grandma to have a rough go of it. My MIL is coming out to stay with us and watch him for the next 3 weeks.
I had similar issues with DD, but she was 5.5 mo when I went back to work, and she never did take the bottle. She seemed to just nurse like crazy at night, and we started her on solid food. I had an extended 2.5 year nursing relationship with her. That is obviously not going to work with DS because he is so young.
If anyone has suggestions for things to try that we haven't yet I am all ears. I am currently looking into cup feeding or other bottle alternatives.